Director: Christopher McQuarrie
Cast: Tom Cruise, Rosamund Pike, Richard Jenkins, David Oyelowo, Werner Herzog, Robert Duval
Country of Origin: USA 2012
Genre: Action Crime Thriller 130 mins.
'Unintentionally ludicrous and despite the action sequences, dull'.
A sniper executes six people. When arrested he writes on a piece of paper ' GET ME JACK REACHER. ' Enter our mysterious hero who'll get to the truth ? Based on the Lee Child novel One Shot it's got the ingredients for a fiesty, tongue in cheek action packed yarn that entertains. How could they get it so wrong ?
Tom Cruise as Jack Reacher is wooden and the script amounts to a ludicrous conversation. Rosamund Pike as defence lawyer Helen hovers confused- like hanging on Reacher's every word as we travel macho-like through fights, car chases and on and on.
All we get as a brief and very brief respite is Robert Duvall who shows them in a few minutes how it should be done but even he struggles with the script.
It's unbelievably poor. Made with a budget of 60 million USD it needed to recoup at least 250 million USD. Happy days at Paramount! I'd like to say there won't be a sequence but I wouldn't bet on it.