Making a movie is a different thing while translating a book on the big screen is altogether a different art. Mostly the book vs film battle is won by loyalists of the black ink, but there are some exceptions where both medium have tasted equal success. ‘Jack Reacher’ directed by Christopher McQuarrie definitely belongs to the former category.
What’s it about?
Jack Reacher (Tom Cruise) is a homicide investigator who somehow gets entangled in a case wherein five innocent people have been killed. The story gets interesting in the next five minutes when during interrogation the accused just scribbles ‘Get Jack Reacher’ on a piece of paper. Not as dramatic as the camera work projects it to be, the humdrum of solving a case begins with our hero in the middle of the investigation.
Based on Lee Child’s popular book, ‘The Shot’, whose protagonist, Reacher, is a big six feet seven inches guy with a wide frame, Cruise fails to even fit into that image to begin with. His well-groomed looks are no match to the book’s rough and tough man. Even if we keep the character from the book aside, Cruise could not be decoded as the guy who can take five-to-six men all by himself, unarmed!
Rosamund Pike as Helen, the suspect’s lawyer, has done a decent job. Standing in a frame with a star like Tom Cruise and still holding fort is quite commendable. Richard Jenkin’s role of the district attorney intimidates you in the beginning but whimpers out soon enough with no backing from the script. On the other hand, David Oyelowo as Officer Emerson will surprise the audiences towards the end.
The first half of the film will keep folks grinning unintentionally from time to time, it is however the second half that drags endlessly. The film is just a below average entertainer, definitely not worth a ‘shot’.
What to do?
Lee Child’s book lovers should steer clear of the multiplexes. We wouldn’t recommend ‘Jack Reacher’ to the rest also. Watch only to ogle at your favourite Hollywood superstar.
In.com rating- 1.5/5
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