Great story, but not breathtaking

JACK REACHER
English U/A
Director: Christopher
McQuarrie
Cast: Tom Cruise, Rosamund Pike, Richard Jenkins  

Jack Reacher is an action thriller movie that does justice to the genre. Although, it is not as fast-paced as one would expect it to be. With punch dialogues, well-aimed gunshots, well-covered snipers and high-speed car chases, watching this movie can be equated to enjoying a full-course meal.

Jack Reacher (Tom Cruise), the hero of a series of novels by Lee Child is investigating a series of homicides diligently committed by a trained military sniper. The best part of this movie is undoubtedly the opening shot of the sniper at a parking lot executing the series of killings. The investigation proceeds systematically
and there is a perfect flow to it.

Tom Cruise, at 50, has not lost his alluring charm but his age does show strongly on his physique (he probably shouldn’t take off his shirt anymore). But he is the perfect choice for the role of a brilliant investigator, who prefers to be alone. Although, he is occasionally shaken from his “need to be lonely” spell by the beautiful Helen Rodin (Rosamund Pike), who is a lawyer going up against her district attorney father to save a victim. A possible romance between the two renders Reacher’s character vulnerable as opposed to the lonely investigator he is supposed to be.

Some dialogues are over the top, rendering Reacher to be more than what he is but that is just an affirmation of the movie’s tagline “The law has limits. He does not.”
Reacher is not just a conventional hero who gets everything right, he is appealing as well.

Great story? Oh yes
Breathtaking? May be not
Worth a watch? Definitely yes.

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