Tuesday, May 14, 2013

One Minute Movie Review: Jack Reacher

I have not read the novels by Lee Child, so I can only base my review off of this one movie adaptation based of his book entitled One Shot.  However, the screenwriter turned director, and good friend of star Tom Cruise, Christopher McQuarrie, should be well known for his previous works including screenplays for; The Wolverine, The Usual Suspects, The Tourist, and Valkyrie.    This is only his second trip to the director's chair, and that is evident throughout the film.  Although the plot line is well written,  intriguing, and unpredictable, it is the mediocre acting and cliche'd action sequences that undermine what would have been a thoroughly engaging film.  The film tries its best to play like a gritty, crime novel but in the end surrenders to the same over used, silver screen fail safes infamously infecting action-hero fare, which unfortunately, dilutes, the overall product.  In addition, Cruise plays Reacher so casually that the character quickly becomes trite and almost boring.  Even when the fight scenes erupt, they are mechanical and lackluster, with little energy or excitement.   The remaining cast fares no better and it feels more like a poorly acted TV drama than a cinematic experience.   Again, the story is original and even sophisticated, but those who were chosen to deliver it, fail quite profoundly.  2 out of 5 Kernels: Story A, Acting D, I think Cruise's star power is finally beginning to dim.

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