A tragic shooting in Pittsburgh leaves 5 dead and within hours the cops have solved the crime. The man responsible, a ex-military sniper, one of only a few people who could have killed all these innocent civilians with the type of precision necessary. A slam-dunk case and yet the man won't confess, only saying one thing: Get me Jack Reacher. Jack Reacher, an ex-military investigator, shows up in town soon after, digging deeper into the case ultimately discovering that these 5 civilian deaths may not have been merely random but an intricate plan of deception which goes straight to the top. Christopher McQuarrie's Jack Reacher is a well-crafted action thriller that is exciting, intense, and relatively smart. The story is simple, yet intelligent enough to keep the viewer engaged from start to finish with quite a few nice unexpected twists and turns. Jack Reacher is such a fun character - this nomadian type badass who is almost always one step ahead of everyone around him. Cruise plays Reacher well, with a nice balance of badass and smartass. It is an action film grounded in reality but maybe what was most impressive was just how much respect the film showed for deceased victims. Jack Reacher is dare I say almost mediatative to that point, with moments that are surprisingly resonant, especially given the type of film this is. The film recognizes that even action films can be sympathetic and McQuarrie deserves praise for pulling this off effectively. McQuarrie shows a lot of skill behind the camera as well, creating lots of nice atmospheric tension throughout, often using some effective mini-montages to create this tension. Jack Reacher delivers a fun, exciting action film with a charismatic Tom Cruise at full force but how it handles the quiet moments is what makes it one of the best studio action films in recent memory.
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