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Three cheers for ‘Jack Reacher’ (three stars out of four).

Posted on 12/22/2012 11:02:54 PM PST by Perdogg

My review of 'Jack Reacher'. No major spoilers.


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I had never heard of the character of Jack Reacher until I saw ‘Skyfall’, let alone read any of the novels. I can understand why people complained about Tom Cruise playing a character 6’4” and for Tom Cruise being Tom Cruise. I am a big fan of Fleming-Bond, yet when I complain about Craig-Bond, I get comments like “it is a James Bond for crying out loud” and “Bond isn’t a real person”.

In 1987, Stephen King complained about Arnold Schwarzenegger playing Ben Richards in his novel ‘The Running Man’. However, such prejudices should not keep conservatives away from this movie. This is probably one of the most conservative movies to come out of Hollywood in a while.

The movie starts off with a horrific killing in Pittsburgh, where the movie takes place, and apparently it is committed by a retired Army sniper James Barr played by Joseph Sikora. Instead of confessing, he request that the police question Jack Reacher a retired Army policeman. Before Reacher can show up, Barr is beaten into coma. Reacher shows up at the hospital with the DA Rodin and Officer Emerson to question Barr and there he meets Rodin’s daughter, Helen Rodin, played the ever beautiful Rosmund Pike. There is not a scene in the film where the doe-eyed Rosmund Pike does not look stunning even though she struggles to keep her faux-American accent and to keep her ever jiggling cleavage in her tight dresses. Helen is defending Barr, apparently, because she has issues with her father the DA, who never takes a case he cannot lose.

Reacher is reluctant to get involved because he attempted to bring charges against Barr years before for a crime Barr committed in Iraq. Reacher only agrees to help Helen Rodin if she agrees to actually learn about Barr’s victim, which she does. After conducting a preliminary investigation and a seemingly coincidental incident, Reacher comes to the conclusion that Barr was frame for the murder. The movie with its twists and turns eventually leads to the final battle in a construction site and Cruise’s confrontation with the bad guy, played by Werner Herzog.

The thing I like about ‘Jack Reacher’ is the thing that was lacking in ‘Skyfall’. There is no psychobabble, no doubt among Cruise that what he is doing is right. This movie clearly delineates good and evil and is proud of it. Cruise is a man in this movie. He makes decisions without asking for permission and manages to take control of his situation. He can utter his lines too.

Despite the skepticism as Cruise as an action hero, he plays it convincingly enough to carry the film. This movie is not perfect, it suffers from the same clichés that any other crime film drama suffers from. This movie surprisingly lacks a major studio feel, despite having Cruise as its main star. I wish there was a little more background of the bad guy.

As a side note, the movie was edited in respect of the Sandy Hook victims, which one can easily figure out what scene was edited. However, unphased by events, Hollywood offers more violence in the coming months. The soundtrack by Joe Kraemer is appropriate and effective. There is no advantage to seeing this film in a theatre, if you want to wait until it hits netflicks in the spring and summer, it would not affect the quality of the movie.
1 posted on 12/22/2012 11:03:02 PM PST by Perdogg
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To: kronos77; mass55th; Perdogg; DollyCali; EveningStar; Borges; Mr. K; Blondie; altura; mylife; ...

ping


2 posted on 12/22/2012 11:04:52 PM PST by Perdogg (Mark Levin - It's called the Bill of Rights not Bill of Needs)
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To: Perdogg
I hate that I know too much about his real life to enjoy seeing his movies. Now all his facial expressions look like variations of couch jumping for Oprah or his psycho attack on Brook Shields when she was suffering with postpartum depression, which he declared "not a real thing".

I can't even see his movie character. I can just see his freak face.

3 posted on 12/22/2012 11:30:20 PM PST by Casie (Chuck Norris 2016)
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To: Perdogg

Thanks for the heads up. Curious to see this flick.


4 posted on 12/22/2012 11:51:34 PM PST by Rummyfan (Iraq: it's not about Iraq anymore, it's about the USA!)
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To: Perdogg

I passed this movie up, possibly I will buy the Bluray disc later. I just cannot accept Tc and his scientology crowd, or his troll fan base who insist on hyping up this movie on other forums.

TC just isn’t Jack Reacher period.


5 posted on 12/22/2012 11:52:41 PM PST by Eye of Unk (A Civil Cold War in America is here, its already been declared.)
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To: Casie

How silly.


6 posted on 12/23/2012 12:18:57 AM PST by Dave W
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To: Perdogg

jack Reacher is 6’5, not 5’6.
Sorry, Tommy, you are no Jack Reacher.


7 posted on 12/23/2012 12:21:34 AM PST by irishtenor (Everything in moderation, however, too much whiskey is just enough... Mark Twain)
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To: Perdogg

I am a Hollywood cynic of the first order. If Hollywood fell into the Pacific tomorrow I would hoist a cheer. However, having read every Reacher novel to date, I was amazed by this movie. It was obvious Tommy has read probably all the novels. You may not agree with his interpretations but the production and stunt work was simply stupendous. It’s my humble opinion that Tom worked his ass off to stay true to the spirit of Jack Reacher. He gave it everything he had. He drove that Chevelle SS for all it was worth. (Tom did the stunt driving as if you couldn’t tell.)

The sound work of that big block was magnificent I felt that big block thunder like no movie ever before. The scene in the back room of the auto parts store was so small and intimate. It’s so refreshing to see a film not over produced. It was what it was and I feel it may be a breakthrough movie in the same spirit of the original Die Hard.

just my 2 cents. Can’t wait for the Blue Ray so I can crank it up whenever the mood strikes me.


8 posted on 12/23/2012 1:03:13 AM PST by ImJustAnotherOkie (zerogottago)
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To: Perdogg

You said no spoilers then you included major spoiler.


9 posted on 12/23/2012 2:14:01 AM PST by Usagi_yo
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To: Usagi_yo
You said no spoilers then you included major spoiler.

What? Rosamund Pike's gifts?


10 posted on 12/23/2012 3:13:21 AM PST by Rummyfan (Iraq: it's not about Iraq anymore, it's about the USA!)
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To: Rummyfan
What? Rosamund Pike's gifts?

Yep, nice mounds of fat.

11 posted on 12/23/2012 3:29:36 AM PST by Isabel C.
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To: Perdogg

Just saw “Premium Rush” on Direct TV: great movie.


12 posted on 12/23/2012 4:15:22 AM PST by LS ('Castles made of sand, fall in the sea . . . eventually.' Hendrix)
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To: Casie

I am with you, can’t stand looking at shitheadcommie sean penn. EFF Hollywood. not another dime.


13 posted on 12/23/2012 4:27:45 AM PST by longfellow (Bill Maher, the 21st hijacker.)
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To: Perdogg

I thought Tom Cruise in ‘Collateral’ was very good to excellent.
Esp. the scene in the alley of the thugs stealing his briefcase. The gun handling was.. wow.
He must have practiced, practiced , practiced.

I’ve only read 1 Reacher novel but plan more.
Like Harry Bosch.


14 posted on 12/23/2012 4:32:36 AM PST by Vinnie (A)
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To: Rummyfan

Re: the pic.
Thanks, I needed that. !


15 posted on 12/23/2012 4:35:26 AM PST by Vinnie (A)
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To: Rummyfan

Yum Yum.
Thanks, Rf!


16 posted on 12/23/2012 5:16:42 AM PST by mcmuffin ("236 Years- Only In America")
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To: ImJustAnotherOkie

Good review, IJAO.

Not familiar with the Reacher novels, and not on the anti-Tom Cruise bandwagon. ((Hollyweird is aptly named and I couldn’t care less.)

Great movie without the superfluous special effects.

10 times better movie than the current Bond flick.


17 posted on 12/23/2012 5:26:54 AM PST by mcmuffin ("236 Years- Only In America")
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To: Vinnie

Harry Bosch is my favorite. I can’t think of one actor worthy of portraying him.


18 posted on 12/23/2012 6:02:14 AM PST by Dr. Scarpetta
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To: Dr. Scarpetta

Bruce Willis could make it work.


19 posted on 12/23/2012 6:11:59 AM PST by Eye of Unk (A Civil Cold War in America is here, its already been declared.)
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To: Dr. Scarpetta

+1


20 posted on 12/23/2012 6:14:08 AM PST by LSAggie
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To: ImJustAnotherOkie

Thanks for your ‘review’. Have read all the Reacher novels and when they chose Cruise....well, I couldn’t believe it. Will see the movie as you make it sound pretty good!

Cheers!


21 posted on 12/23/2012 6:16:57 AM PST by Dudoight
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To: Vinnie

Like Harry Bosch, too. Michael Connelly is an excellent writer. Actually better than Lee Childs...but I am a true Reacher fan. I have read all the Reacher books and have turned half my family into Reacher fans.


22 posted on 12/23/2012 6:20:07 AM PST by Dudoight
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To: Dr. Scarpetta

Bosch is great. Connelly is an outstanding writer.


23 posted on 12/23/2012 6:21:14 AM PST by Dudoight
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To: Dr. Scarpetta

Conolly is another of my favorite authors. Reading Black Box right now.


24 posted on 12/23/2012 6:23:33 AM PST by Eye of Unk (A Civil Cold War in America is here, its already been declared.)
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To: LS

Brother and I just Red-boxed. I agree.


25 posted on 12/23/2012 6:53:57 AM PST by mykroar (BAD-ANON: One Game At A Time)
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To: Isabel C.; Rummyfan

***What? Rosamund Pike’s gifts?

Yep, nice mounds of fat.***

I’ve got a 1950s picture of Bettie Page and a 1960s picture of Margaret Nolan that puts Pike to shame. Of course at my age it does no good, but it reminds of what used to be back in the dark ages.


26 posted on 12/23/2012 7:50:51 AM PST by Ruy Dias de Bivar (REOPEN THE CLOSED MENTAL INSTITUTIONS! Damn the ACLU!)
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To: Perdogg

Perdogg, what an informative and wise movie review. Thanks for taking the time to share this with us. : )

Merrrry Christmas and Happy New Year!


27 posted on 12/23/2012 8:40:45 AM PST by SaraJohnson
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To: Dudoight; Dr. Scarpetta

Johnathan Kellerman has some good novels also. Dr. Delaware character.
Like his realistic dialogs and his batting crime theories back and forth with his detective buddy. Yes his detective friend is gay but mentioned only in passing, not part of the stories.
Kellerman’s wife Faye, also a writer, on the other hand sticks the orientation right in the story line. At least in the one and only novel I’ve read or could stomach.
Cornwell is another that has to incorporate orientation in her stories. But she’s a lesbian herself so I guess she just can’t help it.


28 posted on 12/23/2012 9:07:44 AM PST by Vinnie (A)
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To: longfellow

Oh yes! Sean Penn is another one I will never watch. Add him to the list along with Cruise, Jane Fonda and Barbara Streisand!


29 posted on 12/23/2012 9:26:46 AM PST by Casie (Chuck Norris 2016)
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To: GregH; Last of the Mohicans

ping


30 posted on 12/23/2012 12:58:57 PM PST by EveningStar
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To: Vinnie

I used to read Cornwell’s books, but I don’t recommend them anymore.


31 posted on 12/23/2012 1:50:27 PM PST by Dr. Scarpetta
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To: Eye of Unk

Connelly is a great author. I feel like I’ve been through so much with Harry Bosch...:)


32 posted on 12/23/2012 1:53:06 PM PST by Dr. Scarpetta
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To: Dudoight

I agree...
I look forward to every Harry Bosch book.


33 posted on 12/23/2012 1:55:10 PM PST by Dr. Scarpetta
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To: mykroar

Do NOT see “Total Recall” remake. Despite Jessica Beil and Kate Beckinsale, it utterly sucks. Mindless gunfights with zero plot, suspense, or acting.


34 posted on 12/23/2012 2:05:13 PM PST by LS ('Castles made of sand, fall in the sea . . . eventually.' Hendrix)
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To: Vinnie

They hired military types to train Tom for the scenes especially the disco scene.
Have read one Jack Reacher book as well”one shot” on which movie is based on had me in suspense till the end.
have you ever read any of the Alex Cross books?


35 posted on 12/23/2012 2:17:10 PM PST by GSP.FAN (Some days, it's not even worth chewing through the restraints.)
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To: Casie

streisand, thank God her movie tanked. Where is occupy hollywood to take over her 7 homes?


36 posted on 12/23/2012 2:44:32 PM PST by longfellow (Bill Maher, the 21st hijacker.)
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To: Perdogg
I watched it last night, and I really enjoyed it. I never read any Jack Reacher books (I didn't even know they existed) so I just went in thinking it was... actually, I didn't know. Spy movie? Revenge? I couldn't tell.

About halfway through I realized that plotwise, it reminded me of an Agatha Christie novel. About the time Reacher was asking Helen "What did you learn?" (You know what I mean.) Ultimately, I described it to my friends as what you'd get if you took a sort of Billy Jack character and put him in an Agatha Christie novel.

37 posted on 12/23/2012 3:19:34 PM PST by A_perfect_lady
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To: GSP.FAN

How are the books?


38 posted on 12/23/2012 3:24:51 PM PST by Perdogg (Mark Levin - It's called the Bill of Rights not Bill of Needs)
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To: Perdogg

Very good i remember recommending it to you a couple of years ago.
Keeps the suspense going with a unexpected ending.Of course it will not be like the book.
just watched “Savages” by Oliver Stone horrible book was good.


39 posted on 12/23/2012 3:37:54 PM PST by GSP.FAN (Some days, it's not even worth chewing through the restraints.)
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To: GSP.FAN

Yes I remember now.


40 posted on 12/23/2012 4:57:23 PM PST by Perdogg (Mark Levin - It's called the Bill of Rights not Bill of Needs)
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To: Casie

Yep.


41 posted on 12/23/2012 5:38:23 PM PST by ButThreeLeftsDo (FR: Now, More Than Ever.)
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To: Perdogg

If you liked the movie you would like the books so much better.
Check out a guy called Andrew Klavan he is a conservative author writes editorials for numerous news outlets.
His books are great i think my fav is “The Animal Hour” had me going till the last 20 pages..
They are making a movie ,Andrew submitted a screenplay for it.


42 posted on 12/23/2012 5:58:54 PM PST by GSP.FAN (Some days, it's not even worth chewing through the restraints.)
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To: GSP.FAN

I’ve read a lot of Patterson’s ‘Alex Cross’ novel.

Kinda got tired of Nana being able to leap tall buildings in a single bound.
And lately a lot of his books are ‘with so ans so’. IOW the so and so writes the book, Patterson gives his stamp of approval. That’s my guess anyway.
Connelly is waaay better.

Tom Clancy has done the same thing ‘with so and so’. Don’t read him anymore.
Vince Flynn is Da Man for political black ops books.

Reading some Sandford ‘Prey....’ novels right now.


43 posted on 12/24/2012 4:38:04 AM PST by Vinnie (A)
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To: Dr. Scarpetta

I just finished The Black Box, predictable ending so basically its a rather weal Bosch novel.

I hear Jack Reacher is falling behind, most people would rather go see the Hobbit.

I dissed Total Recall when it came out but kinda liked the disc. Would have been a different history if this one came out first before the original, I think it would have done quite well.

Its not surprising on other forums many are also dissing the casting of Tom Cruise, one poster said there was a scene where they had to dig a trench so the other actors were at least head level with him.


44 posted on 12/24/2012 5:33:07 AM PST by Eye of Unk (A Civil Cold War in America is here, its already been declared.)
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To: Vinnie

Yeah starting to get tired out on his books Alex should be a raving nutcase by now with all the stuff that has happened to him.
Never read Clancy will check out Flynn and Sanford.


45 posted on 12/24/2012 8:14:09 AM PST by GSP.FAN (Some days, it's not even worth chewing through the restraints.)
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To: GSP.FAN

You’ll love Flynn. There are only 2 books that should be read in order, can’t remember which ones but you might start w/ his first.


46 posted on 12/24/2012 8:59:00 AM PST by Vinnie (A)
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To: Vinnie

check out Andrew Klavan excellent books especially “The Animal Hour..A couple of his books have been made into movies.


47 posted on 12/24/2012 9:05:06 AM PST by GSP.FAN (Some days, it's not even worth chewing through the restraints.)
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To: Eye of Unk

The casting of a book hero is difficult. People who actually read all the books in a series expect the main character to look like the author portrayed him. Tom Cruise does not look like Jack Reacher.

If Tom Cruise played Harry Bosch, I wouldn’t go to see it. I can’t tell you how much that would annoy me.


48 posted on 12/25/2012 7:24:09 AM PST by Dr. Scarpetta
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To: Vinnie

Checked up on Flynn books look good went to E-bay and picked up 10 first editions for $100.


49 posted on 12/25/2012 3:45:19 PM PST by GSP.FAN (Some days, it's not even worth chewing through the restraints.)
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To: Perdogg; GOPsterinMA

I may go to the movies tomorrow or this weekend for the first time in a while, maybe to this or Django.


50 posted on 12/27/2012 12:08:44 AM PST by Impy (All in favor of Harry Reid meeting Mr. Mayhem?)
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