It’s been three years since I saw Cruise’s first appearance as Jack Reacher.
Reading that review is very odd as I could almost cut and paste it for use now.
Once again Cruise is entertaining but too old. Once again it’s all rather straightforward with no twists or surprises. Finally, there is a lot of running.
The film itself is absolutely fine. You’ll watch it and won’t go on to remember large chunks of it a couple of days later. Maybe you’ll wonder why military contractors all dress the same and why bad guys dress all in black whilst attempting to remain hidden.
Let’s go back to the ‘too old’ comment because a small moment in the film did stick with me. Don’t worry, this isn’t a spoiler if you’ve seen the trailer.
There is a scene where both Reacher and Turner (a badass Cobie Smulders who proves she could do so much more as Maria Hill) are described as they’re on the run. Whilst Reacher is described by his appearance, Turner is mentioned as being 34. Why? Why isn’t Reacher described as being 50 odd? Is it because of the difference in their age? Would it be somehow embarrassing or creepy to bring Cruise’s age to the forefront of our minds when there are romantic hints? I’ll leave you to think about that one.