When Tom Cruise was cast the Jack Reacher for the adaptation of the novel One Shot, fans were up in arms. How can an actor who’s 5′ 7 possibly play a 6′ 5 Reacher? Well the answer is, who cares about hight when it’s the character that is important. In that aspect, Cruise delivers. This is a role that has been aching get the big screen treatment for some time and watching Jack Reacher, it’s about time it did. Reacher is a former military police major who is now a drifter. When hearing about the shocking sniper attack of random members of the public by former sharpshooter James Barr (Joseph Sikora), he pays a visit to secure his prosecution. But when Barr’s only request is Reacher himself, his defence lawyer (Rosamund Pike) asks Reacher to investigate in what transpires to be something much bigger.
Directed and written for screen by Christopher McQuarrie (Usual Suspects, Way of the Gun) gives the film momentum and the action grit that hits you hard. The films sniper opening is shocking and dark and the serious of the subject echos throughout the whole move, while the sharp dialogue that Cruise has, add touches of wit that maybe jarring for some audience members, though I found a welcome relief. We also have solid support from Richard Jenkins, David Oyelowo, Jai Courtney, Robert Duvall and Warner Herzog as the main villain The Zec. Herzog is one of the most stand out features of the film, basically playing himself to eerie effect as a shadowily boogeyman with most figures missing and a milky eye. Jack Reacher is at last on the big screen and it don’t matter if cruise is 50, i’m ready for the next one..