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Jack Reacher is on Cruise Control

Tom Cruise plays an ex-Army investigator who puts the smackdown on just about everyone he meets.

Tom Cruise delivers the punishment as an ex-miltary man roped into a murder investigation. He's got to take out the bad guys, save the girl and find the real killer in Jack Reacher.

The Jack Reacher book series has been popular for years. Now it moves to the big screen under Cruise control, with the actor playing a quiet and deadly man.

Cruise is the rare action star who brings both brawn and brains to a role, but in this case he's limited by a weak script. He does, however, excel during the action scenes, packing quite a punch. And he's a real kick in the pants. See the video accompanying this article and you will know what I'm talking about.

What you see is what you get in this movie. Action, reaction, Cruise being brutal and brash — it's all here. The crime that draws the film's reclusive ex-Army investigator out of the shadows — a sniper gunning down people on a city street — couldn't have been a worse one to land in theaters in the wake of recent events in Connecticut...but the show must go on. So the flick-o-meter gives Jack Reacher a three out of five.

There's plenty of action but no real tension and dialogue. Seeing Cruise in this role, I was saying to myself that something just wasn't right about it. I've met Tom Cruise several times and he's a pretty small guy, so he doesn't seem to fit as larger than life Jack Reacher, who is a great character. 

Let me know what you think.

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desertpatriot December 23, 2012 at 09:10 PM
"Cruise abandoned his wife, what a jerk !!" err...more like his wives have abandoned 'tomcat' once they discovered his alternative lifestyle choice
Frank H. Robles December 24, 2012 at 05:30 AM
Went to see the movie, good story line, enjoyed the movie. The fight scene when he fights 5 guys was a bit of strecth to belive ....!!! Haven't seen a Short Skinny Guy kick that much butt, since Bruce Lee
tiny December 24, 2012 at 05:44 AM
Also saw it. Earlier had read where in the last Batman movie a place name on the map of Gotham was changed to Sandy Hook. In this movie the young girl who was setting up Tom Cruise was named Sandy. I immediately thought hooker - bingo. What are the odds?
Jerry Nielsen December 25, 2012 at 12:13 AM
I am a fan of Lee Child, and have read all the Reacher series. I looked forward to the movie and with some reservations because Reachers size seems to be an important part of his character. I think overall Tom nailed almost everything else, he had the look and action and verbal qualities that I associate with Reacher. Overall I enjoyed the movie and recommend it to other fans.
curlyquiz February 07, 2013 at 03:48 AM
I agree that Cruise did a good job, within the limits of his physical stature.I don't know who would be a good fit,maybe an unknown?

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