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Synopsis: A former army investigator is drawn into a case involving a trained sniper who shoots five random victims. This isn’t just an open and shut case though and more lives will be at risk if the truth isn’t discovered.

Main Cast: Tom Cruise, Rosamund Pike, Richard Jenkins, David Oyelowo, Werner Herzog, Jai Courtney

The Hype: Based on the highly successful novels, the casting was immediately called into question with Tom Cruise in the lead role because of the written character’s physical appearance, but this is a Tom Cruise produced movie, so hey, he can do what he likes. A reasonable success at the box office, the premiere was delayed out of respect for the families of the Sandy Hook School shootings because of the opening scene of the film featuring a sniper.

What I Thought: Not bad actually. The trailer made the film look pretty decent and there is plenty of action in it. With an underlying mystery story, the combination worked quite well and even Cruise managed to come off as a decent action hero once more. Whether there will be any more Reacher films is unknown at this stage, but I think there may well be. Just like the Alex Cross character by James Paterson, there are plenty stories to choose from by Reacher’s creator Lee Child. One of the other good things about this movie was the fact that the cast wasn’t a large one so you could concentrate on the story. It also of course narrows down the list of suspects, but the plot wasn’t complicated and was perhaps a little predictable, but enjoyable nonetheless.

Conclusions: Decent story, good performances, nice action, nothing much to think about here and it was far better than Zero Dark Thirty.

Smurfin’ The Web Rating: 3stars