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Jack Reacher

Post by powerlifter54 » Tue Nov 01, 2016 10:43 pm

As an avid fan of Lee Child's Reacher books, from the author's knowledge of arcane subjects, the hard to guess twists in narrative,the abbreviated approach to hand to hand, and believable bad guys, i was skeptical when Tom Cruise, who even i could dunk on, took on the role. The first movie was a pleasant surprise and pretty close to the character in the book as a slightly ADD, intense, cold and calculating righter of wrongs. Enough so that i looked forward to this second movie.

I should not have. This movie goes down the PC road on everything from enhanced interrogation to womyn's capability in the Military to men's emotions. In the first movie Cruise plays Reacher as Mike Tyson with a West Point Education and in the second movie he plays him as Phil Dunphy with a desire to have Jason Bourne extended fight scenes. Never Go Back is one of the best Books in the series. Movies have to be rewritten a bit to fit in the Big Screen. They shouldn't have bothered.

Even Mens on Film would hate this movie.

1 of 5 stars. Only for the Upper 9th ward scenes in Nola. My old haunts.
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Re: Jack Reacher

Post by Jay » Wed Nov 02, 2016 3:48 am

Goddammit I liked it...

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Post by aussie luke » Wed Nov 02, 2016 4:25 am

Fucking love the Reacher books. Read them all at least twice. Even met Lee Child once and got a couple of signed copies.

But can't for the life of me work out why they chose that book for the first movie, or why they just called it 'Jack Reacher'. And even more confused why they chose this story for the sequel.

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Re: Jack Reacher

Post by powerlifter54 » Wed Nov 02, 2016 1:25 pm

Jay wrote:Goddammit I liked it...

Read the books. WAY better. In fact as good as it gets in detective fiction.
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Re: Jack Reacher

Post by TomFurman » Wed Nov 02, 2016 1:37 pm

To a large degree his sarcasm is carried off well by Tom Cruise. The bar scene in the first film was SO, "Pittsburgh",.. it was frightening. I'll have to view the second just to see how the narrative changed.
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Re: Jack Reacher

Post by Jay » Thu Nov 03, 2016 12:21 am

powerlifter54 wrote:
Jay wrote:Goddammit I liked it...

Read the books. WAY better. In fact as good as it gets in detective fiction.
I plan to and books are always better than movies... just how it is.

I enjoyed the movie a lot, solid action and solid story.

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Re: Jack Reacher

Post by tough old man » Fri Nov 04, 2016 10:44 pm

It sucked. The books are excellent.
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Re: Jack Reacher

Post by j-cubed » Sun Nov 06, 2016 10:51 pm

I pretty much agree with the original post. Not as good as the first movie. I felt int he first movie, they made better use of Reacher's investigative skills, intelligence, and righter of wrongs. The second movie was simply more of a cookie cutter action flick.

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Re: Jack Reacher

Post by aussie luke » Sun Nov 13, 2016 12:23 pm

aussie luke wrote:Fucking love the Reacher books. Read them all at least twice. Even met Lee Child once and got a couple of signed copies.

But can't for the life of me work out why they chose that book for the first movie, or why they just called it 'Jack Reacher'. And even more confused why they chose this story for the sequel.
Went and saw it last night. Enjoyed it, but still agree with what I said above - there are loads of the books with way better stories than this one.


*spoiler alert *

Did enjoy that this one had a little bit more of the brutal bits - like killing the guy with his hands then dumping the body straight off the roof just 'cos

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