I usually review Tom Cruise movies and go on and on about how much I despise him but how good he is as an actor. I usually really like his movies despite what I think about him but last night we watched Jack Reacher. We were looking for something to watch and I suggested it to Amber, the conversation went like this:
“What’s it about?”
“It’s another Tom Cruise super spy movie” (Not necessarily true but close enough right?)
“Sure, why not.”
Having now suffered through two hours of this movie I can report that it was a swing and a miss for Cruise. I thought this movie was ridiculous from beginning to end and wish I could get back the time and money I spent to see it. I figured if he was playing this type of character again there had to be something that he saw in it to make it worth wild. Cruise usually chooses his films carefully and doesn’t make too many mistakes in those choices but he really dropped the ball this time around.
Here’s an open ended message specifically to Tom Cruise. “When the woman asks you to put your shirt on just get over yourself and put a freaking shirt on man!” I thought that scene was particularly ridiculous. Who is this guy trying to impress with his aging fitness? Yeah we get it Tom; you don’t age and are bold enough to go shirtless when no one else your age will dare to do so but nobody is impressed anymore. Maybe he is just milking the last of his youthful appearance before it is gone, I don’t know. The guy really can’t keep up this look for much longer though, white people simply aren’t that fortunate when it comes to aging and he is past 50 now. Sooner or later he will get wrinkles that not even his cult voodoo or Botox will fix and maybe then we won’t be accosted by his freakishly unnatural and weird looking build anymore.
I thought this whole movie was a bit much and I thought Tom Cruise was trying too hard to be the cool and witty action star that he usually pulls off with ease. I was at my wits end by the end of the movie though. That climax is ridiculous. Cruise gets the drop on the badass he has been chasing the whole movie then stares him down for a moment in the rain before throwing his gun away. I just found this to be a bit too stupid. Yeah the fight scene makes for a better movie in which not enough happened but it’s just so campy how it all happens. He has this guy dead to rights and his options are all open. He can kill him easily, arrest him, or even just wing him and go on to the big boss but noooo Cruise has to have his moment as a badass. Ignoring all practical decisions he throws his gun away and decided to just fist fight with the evil henchman, in the rain. Rain during a fight scene is just such a cliché effect in movies like this now and at this point in the film I felt the stupidity was just piling on. Cruise beats the hell out of the bad guy, go figure, and at that point I just flat out didn’t care what happened anymore.
This was a really stupid movie, and that pretty much sums it up. If you happened to like it then by all means make your argument with a comment and convince me I am wrong. If you haven’t seen it yet then take my advice and save yourself the time and money that will just be wasted. There are a couple of cool fight scenes in the movie and a relatively good car chase scene but otherwise you won’t be missing much.