Jack Reacher (2012; USA; DeLuxe; 130m) ∗∗∗½ d. Christopher McQuarrie; w. Christopher McQuarrie; ph. Caleb Deschanel; m. Joe Kraemer. Cast: Tom Cruise, Rosamund Pike, Richard Jenkins, David Oyelowo, Werner Herzog, Jai Courtney, Vladimir Sizov, Joseph Sikora, Michael Raymond-James, Alexia Fast, Josh Helman, Robert Duvall, James Martin Kelly, Dylan Kussman, Denver Milord. A homicide investigator digs deeper into a case involving a trained military sniper who shot five random victims. Cruise delivers an excellent performance, despite being miscast, in this well-crafted crime thriller. The plot is involving and the action scenes well-staged. Pike offers strong support as the lawyer and Duvall shows up late in the day to add some class. Based on the novel “One Shot” by Lee Child. The character from Child’s book series is described as 6’5″ tall and weighing between 210 and 250 pounds (Cruise is 5’7″ tall). Followed by JACK REACHER: NEVER GO BACK in 2016. 
Jack Reacher: Never Go Back (2016; USA; Colour; 118m) ∗∗½ d. Edward Zwick; w. Richard Wenk, Marshall Herskovitz, Edward Zwick; ph. Oliver Wood; m. Henry Jackman. Cast: Tom Cruise, Cobie Smulders, Danika Yarosh, Aldis Hodge, Sue-Lynn Ansari, Teri Wyble, Holt McCallany, Robert Knepper, Tilton Lipoma, Madalyn Horcher, Michael Papajohn, Patrick Heusinger. Jack Reacher must uncover the truth behind a major government conspiracy in order to clear his name. On the run as a fugitive from the law, Reacher uncovers a potential secret from his past that could change his life forever. Formulaic action thriller that benefits from Cruise’s charisma. However, the story lacks any real suspense due to a tick-box script that allows no breathing room and fails to demonstrate any real motivation for its characters. Based on the book by Lee Child.