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Jack Reacher Movie Reviews
Multiple | December 21, 2012

Posted on 12/21/2012 11:41:44 AM PST by EveningStar

The previous Jack Reacher threads are quite informative and can be found by clicking on the jackreacher keyword.

For those of you who are new to this discussion, 5'7" Tom Cruise used his influence to land the role to play author Lee Child's 6'5" anti-hero, Jack Reacher (Cruise is also a producer). Lee Child is OK with this. He says Cruise is a great actor and Reacher's size is a metaphor for an unstoppable force. Whatever.

I've watched the trailers and I don't see Jack Reacher, I see Tom Cruise.

Keep in mind that the majority of the people who will see this movie have never read or probably even heard of the books.

Anyway, the movie, based on the novel One Shot, goes into general release today. The reviews are coming in and they are mixed.

Betsy Sharkey, Los Angeles Times

Elizabeth Weitzman, New York Daily News

Lisa Schwarzbaum, Entertainment Weekly

Rotten Tomatoes (aggregate)

Metacritic (aggregate)

IMDb external reviews

IMDb user reviews


TOPICS: TV/Movies
KEYWORDS: cinema; film; hollywood; jackreacher; leechild; moviereview; movies; tomcruise
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1 posted on 12/21/2012 11:41:48 AM PST by EveningStar
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To: Borges; DollyCali; Perdogg

ping


2 posted on 12/21/2012 11:42:47 AM PST by EveningStar
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To: EveningStar

Guess I’ll have to read the book now.


3 posted on 12/21/2012 11:44:17 AM PST by Nachum (The List is off the Google blacklist- www.nachumlist.com)
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To: EveningStar

I’ve read all of Lee Child’s Reacher novels and there is absolutely no way I will see this drek of a movie. Reacher is not a metaphor. Lee Child created a character and he is the basis for all his books. Lee Child was bought out by Cruise. I saw “From Paris With Love” staring John Travolta. Now he would have made a great Reacher.


4 posted on 12/21/2012 11:45:10 AM PST by SkyDancer (Live your life in such a way that the Westboro church will want to picket your funeral.)
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To: Nachum

Good luck getting it from a library. You’ll probably be 20 or 30 on the waiting list.


5 posted on 12/21/2012 11:46:02 AM PST by SkyDancer (Live your life in such a way that the Westboro church will want to picket your funeral.)
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To: EveningStar

As a friend of mine from college used to say: “Hey, did you guys ever see that one Tom Cruise movie? You know, the one where he plays the cocky young guy?”


6 posted on 12/21/2012 11:46:53 AM PST by DemforBush (You might very well think that. I could not *possibly* comment.)
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To: EveningStar

Don’t you think that whatever movie Tom Cruise is in, people see Tom Cruise, not his character? In the MI movies, I was only vaguely aware of “Ethan Hunt” but always aware that it was Tom Cruise on the screen.


7 posted on 12/21/2012 11:47:26 AM PST by ChocChipCookie
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To: SkyDancer

Hugh Jackman would have been good.


8 posted on 12/21/2012 11:51:01 AM PST by EveningStar
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To: EveningStar

Jason Stratham who did the “Transporter” films.


9 posted on 12/21/2012 11:57:52 AM PST by Wordkraft (Remember who the Collaborators are.)
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To: SkyDancer
Good luck getting it from a library. You’ll probably be 20 or 30 on the waiting list

Funny. I just went on the waiting list for the first Jack Reacher novel. According to the author, this movie is taken from the 9th book in the series called "One Shot". I also reserved a copy of that one too. The Los Angeles public library is pretty good about getting copies too.

10 posted on 12/21/2012 11:59:35 AM PST by Nachum (The List is off the Google blacklist- www.nachumlist.com)
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To: EveningStar

Or as they’ve done before is to have a black guy play the part of a white guy in the original movie. Will Smith for instance in Wild Wild West.


11 posted on 12/21/2012 12:00:00 PM PST by SkyDancer (Live your life in such a way that the Westboro church will want to picket your funeral.)
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To: DemforBush

He’s not young anymore. He’s a 50 year old homosexual scientologist dwarf.


12 posted on 12/21/2012 12:00:35 PM PST by Astronaut
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To: EveningStar

Or Liev Schreiber. Or pretty much anyone but Tom Cruise.


13 posted on 12/21/2012 12:03:48 PM PST by trimom
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To: EveningStar

Or Liev Schreiber. Or pretty much anyone but Tom Cruise.


14 posted on 12/21/2012 12:05:17 PM PST by trimom
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To: Nachum

I read One Shot. Actually twice because sometimes you miss something on the first go-round. I remember I read about the book first coming out in a couple of months so I immediately got on the list. I was #42.


15 posted on 12/21/2012 12:06:12 PM PST by SkyDancer (Live your life in such a way that the Westboro church will want to picket your funeral.)
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To: EveningStar

Ps. I thought Wanted Man was a disappointment.


16 posted on 12/21/2012 12:07:07 PM PST by SkyDancer (Live your life in such a way that the Westboro church will want to picket your funeral.)
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To: SkyDancer

I just started reading it last night.


17 posted on 12/21/2012 12:09:29 PM PST by EveningStar
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To: EveningStar

Now if only they could do a proper Agent Pendergast Movie and casting.


18 posted on 12/21/2012 12:09:29 PM PST by Theoria (Romney is a Pyrrhic victory.)
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To: Astronaut

THAT just about says it all.


19 posted on 12/21/2012 12:10:23 PM PST by MestaMachine (It's the !!!!TREASON!!!!, stupid!)
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To: EveningStar

You pointed out there are multiple threads. So why start a new one? You didn’t offer anything new.


20 posted on 12/21/2012 12:16:08 PM PST by stuck_in_new_orleans
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To: EveningStar

The Movie idea with Cruise is stupid. Also don’t support this writer in any way. I have read many of his Reacher books and he writes well until his Liberal bias gets in the way. Then he preaches against the US. The US Military, Guns. Texas. All things I love. I had to put them down. I love the Reacher guy right up until I just could not take it anymore. The Author is a huge Lib socialist and I would not give him a dime of my money.


21 posted on 12/21/2012 12:19:09 PM PST by carjic (Fed up!)
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To: SkyDancer

Number 42?

Wow. The list was smaller. I think I am 1st on the list for One Shot. Probably will have it next week. The only copy in the Los Angeles Public Library for the first book in the series was at the central library. I am number 4 for it. Probably will take a month.

Anyway, I think there are 17 in the series so far. The author said he liked the choice of Tom Cruise for the part.


22 posted on 12/21/2012 12:19:22 PM PST by Nachum (The List is off the Google blacklist- www.nachumlist.com)
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To: stuck_in_new_orleans

That is ok because I did not see the other threads. I have the books on my iPad. I will not be seeing the movie.


23 posted on 12/21/2012 12:20:29 PM PST by MamaB
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To: MamaB

This reminds me of when Cruise used his influence to get the vampire Lestat role. Initially, Ann Rice was vocally opposed to the idea, but then made a public about face. Money talks...


24 posted on 12/21/2012 12:28:41 PM PST by RedStateNotShirt
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To: EveningStar

I’ve got all the Lee Child books and Tom Cruise is not Jack Reacher.


25 posted on 12/21/2012 12:28:41 PM PST by Patrsup (To stubborn to change now)
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To: ChocChipCookie
Don’t you think that whatever movie Tom Cruise is in, people see Tom Cruise, not his character? In the MI movies, I was only vaguely aware of “Ethan Hunt” but always aware that it was Tom Cruise on the screen.

I've heard the same thing said about John Wayne, Cary Grant or a number of other stars. You may or may not like Tom Cruise but there's no doubt he's a genuine Movie Star, not just an actor.

I think Tom Cruise is great at what he does. I couldn't care less about his personal life, religion or height.

Sorry he's ruined this movie for you all, but I'm more interested in seeing it because he's involved. Jason Statham is the only other actor mentioned here who would have piqued my interest in the film.

26 posted on 12/21/2012 12:38:56 PM PST by ConfusedAndLovingIt
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To: ConfusedAndLovingIt

I would’ve like to see David Morse as Reacher. He’s a little older than the character, but he’s a heck of an actor.


27 posted on 12/21/2012 12:45:06 PM PST by RedStateNotShirt
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To: Patrsup
Those of us of a certain age will unfortunately remember when Dean Martin played "Matt Helm" in "The Wrecking Crew." It was soooooo bad it was somewhat campy..Deano could do that.

Unfortunately Cruise is no Dean Martin. I suspect this will end badly..

28 posted on 12/21/2012 12:51:55 PM PST by ken5050 ("One useless man is a shame, two are a law firm, three or more are a Congress".. John Adams)
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To: Patrsup
Those of us of a certain age will unfortunately remember when Dean Martin played "Matt Helm" in "The Wrecking Crew." It was soooooo bad it was somewhat campy..Deano could do that.

Unfortunately Cruise is no Dean Martin. I suspect this will end badly..

29 posted on 12/21/2012 12:52:22 PM PST by ken5050 ("One useless man is a shame, two are a law firm, three or more are a Congress".. John Adams)
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To: Nachum

There was another good book titled “Point Of Impact” about a former Vietnam sniper. The movie titled “Shooter” was an unimaginable mess.


30 posted on 12/21/2012 12:52:36 PM PST by SkyDancer (Live your life in such a way that the Westboro church will want to picket your funeral.)
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To: carjic

I stopped reading the Reacher books because of the author shoving his politics and other biases into the series. There were minor things that annoyed me a little in the early Reacher novels, but Nothing to Lose was so blatant that I just can’t stomach any more of Lee Child’s fiction.


31 posted on 12/21/2012 12:56:34 PM PST by FreedomForce (Living in the Age of American Soft Despotism)
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To: FreedomForce

I agree. I loved them and so did my son until we got to “Echo Burning” and it got pretty bad on Texas and us bad white Texans killing poor illigal mexicans for sport. My son stopped there but I went on until I got to the end of “Nothing To Lose” and what he was putting on the Military and Could not even finish the last few pages. that was 4 months ago and still have not finished it. I’m done.


32 posted on 12/21/2012 1:05:02 PM PST by carjic (Fed up!)
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To: carjic

The fact that the author is British and writing about the US military raised an eyebrow for me.


33 posted on 12/21/2012 1:18:38 PM PST by RedStateNotShirt
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To: EveningStar

He probably thought the title was “Jack Reacharound.”


34 posted on 12/21/2012 1:28:21 PM PST by PLMerite (Shut the Beyotch Down! Burn, baby, burn!)
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To: carjic
I agree, Reacher seemed like a conservative, mostly, until “Echo Burning” and it was as if the author was tryng to kill off the character by making him the opposite of what we thought he was.
Reacher would be a guy who didn't stand out in a crowd like Cruise or do things that drew attention. Some guy would fall over and the crowd would never know that the bad guy had been sucker punched by Reacher. Somebody like Frank Lovejoy would be more like it...
35 posted on 12/21/2012 1:38:56 PM PST by virgil283 ( "He is proud, knowing nothing, but doting about questions and strifes of words, whereof cometh ...")
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To: Wordkraft

Statham is 5’10”.


36 posted on 12/21/2012 1:50:49 PM PST by karnage
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To: EveningStar

Clive Owen.


37 posted on 12/21/2012 1:53:33 PM PST by mtrott
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To: carjic

Yeah, Echo Burning was another book that irritated me, but the novels immediately after that one seemed to be back to normal until Nothing to Lose. I really enjoyed the series until I didn’t. Reacher was a great character.

I’ve been wondering if the MP would have had a physical requirement during the time period that Reacher would have served. Would Cruise have been too short to even become an MP in Reacher’s time? According to Wikipedia, Jack Reacher was born in 1960, so he is no youngster and pre-PC requirements might have been in effect.


38 posted on 12/21/2012 2:10:46 PM PST by FreedomForce (Living in the Age of American Soft Despotism)
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To: karnage

I think of an Adam Baldwin type when I think of Jack Reacher.


39 posted on 12/21/2012 2:14:06 PM PST by FreedomForce (Living in the Age of American Soft Despotism)
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To: ConfusedAndLovingIt
I'm not bothered by his personal life and religion either, but after reading the books, I am bothered by his size.

However, he did do a fine job playing a cold-blooded executioner in Collateral, and Reacher is pretty cold-blooded.

40 posted on 12/21/2012 2:46:10 PM PST by EveningStar
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To: FreedomForce
I think of an Adam Baldwin type when I think of Jack Reacher.

At 6'4" isn't he too tall to play Reacher :^)

41 posted on 12/21/2012 2:58:36 PM PST by Oztrich Boy (By doubting we come to inquiry, and through inquiry we perceive truth. -; Peter Abelard)
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To: stuck_in_new_orleans

I’m sorry you’re having a bad day.


42 posted on 12/21/2012 3:08:37 PM PST by EveningStar
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To: FreedomForce; carjic
Remember this post by you?

Also, which is the book where Reacher learns that deserting soldiers are being smuggled out of the US into Canada and is totally sympathetic with it?

43 posted on 12/21/2012 3:30:36 PM PST by EveningStar
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To: EveningStar

If I’m remembering correctly, I think that’s also Nothing to Lose.


44 posted on 12/21/2012 3:36:15 PM PST by FreedomForce (Living in the Age of American Soft Despotism)
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To: EveningStar

JACK REACHEROUND.... YOU COULDN’T PAY ME TO WATCH THE CRAP HOLLYWOOD PRODUCES.
GUNS, GUNS, GUNS, DOESN’T SEAN PENN HAVE ANOTHER SHOOT EVERYONE MOVIE. THEY ALL TALK PEACE AND LOVE BUT LIVE ON GRATUITOUS VIOLENCE. BUNCH ON NO HACKIN POSERS! THESE PEOPLE AREN’T WORTH THE TIME IT TOOK ME TO WRITE THIS. BUT THEY ALL HAVE ARMED SECURITY, YOU ON THE OTHER-HAND DON’T NEED IT, YOU’RE NOT IMPORTANT LIKE THEM! /s

YES, I’M YELLING!


45 posted on 12/21/2012 3:45:47 PM PST by TsonicTsunami08
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To: EveningStar

46 posted on 12/21/2012 3:51:20 PM PST by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet - Mater tua caligas exercitus gerit ;-{)
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To: EveningStar

Thats the book we are referring to “Nothing To Lose”.


47 posted on 12/21/2012 4:12:55 PM PST by carjic (Fed up!)
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To: EveningStar

Saw the movie.

Tom cruise has a tremendous on screen presence and simply carries the movie on his back, a very good movie and well directed.

The casting is perfect, you need someone with the ability of Tom cruise for this to succeed, simply casting someone like Dwayne rock or any massive guy would not be enough.


48 posted on 12/21/2012 10:15:44 PM PST by GregH
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To: GregH

Careful now, you’re going to disrupt the whole Tom Cruise Sucks meme. What do you know about it anyway? You only went and saw the movie. Don’t upset those who opine without seeing it first.


49 posted on 12/21/2012 10:25:18 PM PST by Last of the Mohicans
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To: Last of the Mohicans

Good point.

Don’t understand the blind hatred towards Tom Cruise in this site, as an actor Tom Cruise has delivered consistently some terrific performances in his career.

In this movie, Tom Cruise on screen presence is simply brilliant and makes a huge difference. Complaining that he is not 6.5 inches tall or not being massive is nonsense, what matter is the ability to deliver the character on screen and Tom cruise does it well

An another interesting point is the good guys eventually who take out the bad guys in this movie are gun owners and gun enthusiasts. So this goes against the typical Liberal argument of hating the 2nd amendment supporters.


50 posted on 12/22/2012 2:10:33 AM PST by GregH
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