Jack Reacher (Christopher McQuarrie, 2012)

What's it about? When a rogue sniper goes on a shooting spree, the enigmatic Jack Reacher (Tom Cruise) turns up to investigate what the motive was. Based on the novel One Shot by Lee Child.

Is it any good? Meh, it's not much more than a star vehicle for Cruise, who is on auto-pilot here. Which is a little surprising given that I thought he would have been going all out to prove himself to the skeptical fans of the Reacher novels, who had been apoplectic about renowned short-arse Cruise taking the role of the 6'5" brick shithouse character that Child had written. Indeed, I half expected Cruise to have cast himself opposite Warwick Davis and the guys from Time Bandits, just to make sure he looked taller. As it turns out, he plays a normal sized guy, albeit one that stands up a lot, whilst others sit. Maybe he was just trying to look down Rosamund Pike's top - she plays the sniper's lawyer and later on the damsel in distress. It's watchable enough guff, but it shamefully wastes famous director Werner Herzog as the shadowy villain and gets increasingly silly as it progresses. By the time it negotiates its predictable/ludicrous (delete as appropriate) twists and ends up rehashes the climactic fight from Lethal Weapon, I couldn't help thinking those Lee Child/Jack Reacher fans should have been worrying about the story, rather than Cruise, coming up short.

Anything else I should know? To gauge audience reaction to Cruise's performance I ran a poll to see what my readers thought. Results are displayed below.

What does the Fonz think? Jack can't quite Reach-er

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