One can look back upon Tom Cruise's body of action films and wonder about this low key, bare bones throwback type of thriller. It's quite unlike his more impossibly big budget missions but it has its charms.
Jack Reacher investigates an old friend being implicated in a cover-up and finds an unexpected legacy.
The Reacher franchise is based on a series of books about a classic lone ranger type, an unstoppable drifter who appears where he's needed. The film is trying to make the modern legend more relevant, with the mystique resting on Tom Cruise's shoulders. The character has the against all odds factor and a running theme is him having a showdown with a lone antagonist of equal toughness. It works to a point.
This adventure contains a feminine touch; two damsels not quite in distress. The dynamic shifts twice as one is Cobie Smulders, who tries to prove she doesn't need Reacher's help, and a surprised Danika Yarosh, a fiercely independent wannabe dependant. The double dose of estrogen mixes up the caper and would make or break the film for some, especially the paternal angle. It does work for some levels, seeing how the cliche is an old favorite, which is what Reacher is going for.
Jack Reacher would be one in a dozen in the 80's or 90's but in these times, he is an anachronistic crusader. His latest adventure is a pretty good sample of what to expect from future releases, which is a solid, dependable, if unremarkable, throwback to action films of yesteryear.