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Jack Reacher

In an innocent heartland city, five are shot dead by an expert sniper. The police quickly identify and arrest the culprit, and a slam-dunk case is built. But the man accused claims that he`s innocent and says, "Get Jack Reacher". Reacher (Tom Cruise) himself sees the news report and to the defense`s relief, turns up in the city. However, Reacher has come with the goal of burying the guy. Shocked at the accused`s request, Reacher sets out to confirm for himself the absolute certainty of the man`s guilt, but comes up with more than he bargained for.

Language: English
Subtitle: NA
Classification: PG13
Release Date: 20 Dec 2012
Genre: Drama / Crime
Running Time: 2 Hours 10 Minutes
Distributor: UNITED INTERNATIONAL PICTURES
Cast: Tom Cruise, Rosamund Pike, Robert Duvall, David Oyelowo
Director: Christopher McQuarrie
Format: 35MM, 2D

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Writer: Ng Suzhen

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Watch this if you liked: “Mission Impossible” franchise

If you have not read the book, this movie is going to go great for you, especially if you are a big fan of conspiracies.

The film opens with the chilling preparation of a sniper who casually picks his victims via scope. Your blood freezes as the scope moves from an executive to a business woman to a lady with a little girl. As you anticipate his choice, he suddenly makes six continuous shots. The police rush in, get the evidence and pretty soon, they nab their man. A simple open and shut case.

That is, until, the suspect requests for the presence of a certain Jack Reacher. Everyone is baffled since this Reacher person lives like a ghost with no permanent records.

So who exactly is this mystery guy?

He is Tom Cruise, obviously, with a constantly stoic expression. No doubt a capable actor, the role of Reacher does not really pose as a challenge to Cruise. Malaysian cinemagoers though, would not mind the fact that Cruise does not need to do much acting as the plot is what makes this movie. Of course, a few fights are thrown in, but there is nothing really significantly violent at all, which may prove to be a downer for some.

Reacher, a perceptive and smart investigator, has a quick mind as well as sharpened fighting techniques. When he gets to work deciphering evidence invisible to the common man's eye, you get the impression that this man works confidently, never for one minute doubting any of his capabilities. Even female protagonist Helen Rodin (Rosamund Pike), while managing to hold her own, does not seem to be able to hold a candle to Reacher.

The calm and collected Reacher however, meets his foil in the form of Cash (Robert Duvall), who teams up with the former military policeman to take down the bad guy. The appearance of Cash adds in light-heartedness to the movie, which is weighed down with mood, even with scenes that sometimes serve to be humorous.

The excellent portrayal of antagonist The Zec, played by German film director Werner Herzog, strikes fear in particular during his introduction scene. He may look like a frail, old man, but you know, he is definitely someone not to be messed with. While The Zec maybe a formidable enemy, what gives him less of an edge is the failure to connect him with his high ranking connections, making you wonder if he may be another puppet in the game of conspiracies.

Of course, fans of Lee Child's novels would probably have plenty of bones to pick, especially with Tom Cruise immortalising the towering Jack Reacher on screen.

If you have read the book, ignore the ratings and be prepared to litter it with criticism. If you know next to nothing about the contents on paper, then this would be a conspiracy movie that works to entertain.

Cinema Online, 19 December 2012
   
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Effective 15 July 2011
G - Suitable for all ages
PG - Suitable for all ages, but parents should provide guidance to their young
PG13 - Suitable for persons aged 13 and above, but parental guidance is advised for children below 13
NC16 - Suitable for persons aged 16 years and above
M18 - Suitable for persons aged 18 years and above
R21 - Restricted to persons aged 21 and above only
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