Movie Review: “Jack Reacher” Showcases Pittsburgh

Megan O'Leary, Staff Writer

Yet another film has shown the skyline of the Steel city, as the action-thriller Jack Reacher hits the big screen.  A classic action film,  as Tom Cruise becomes Lee Child’s Fictional crime-thriller character (from the novel One Shot) in the film. Reacher, former Military Police officer, plays by his own “moral code” more than the law, giving him the status of a true action hero in the story.

John Reacher (Cruise) is called upon when a former Army sniper, James Barr (Joseph Sikora), is being accused for the murder of five random Pittsburgh citizens. When given papers to sign over his confession, Barr scribbles “GET JACK REACHER” instead of signing his name.

After arriving in the city, Reacher is tracked down by Public Defender, Helen Rodin (Rosamund Pike), who is defending Barr in the case against him. With Reacher’s observant instincts and other unlikely qualities, Rodin hires Reacher as her head investigator on the case to help prove that Barr is innocent.

As Reacher begins to breakdown the murders, the police believe that this was an open and shut case, especially lead detective on the case, Detective Emerson (David Oyelewo). But Reacher can’t shake the evidence piling up for Barr. When Reacher digs a bit deeper, he finds himself tangled up in a job being set out by a Russian Mobster played by Werner Herzog, making the case much bigger than is it.

The Movie didn’t have a dramatic opening weekend, for it got caught in the crossfires of The Hobbit. It opened at an average 15.6million. Even though Cruise is not very well known for his big opening weekends, more for his crowd-pleasing performances, this was one if his lowest opening weekends since his 1992 film A Few Good Men.

As for someone who usually enjoys a good action film, this film just didn’t seem to cut it for me. It felt like there was too much going on at once, and the story line was predictable in many ways. The theater speakers roared with the loud car chases, firing of guns, and cheesy hand to hand fight scenes  (Which to me looked like it needed to be tighten-up to make it at least look real). All in all, Jack Reacher was made for those of you who enjoy the classic pure action-thriller film.