LAKE OCONEE —
Rated PG-13 for violence and some swearing.
I don’t know about you, but the holiday season just elicits thoughts of vigilante justice, psychopathic killers for hire, and Tom Cruise, shirtless, cracking bones and slapping senseless thugs twice his size. After the credits rolled, I ran to the Hallmark store to see if I could pick up my very own "Jack Reacher" Christmas Ornament. Apparently, they were sold out.
I understand that "Jack Reacher" is the subject of a book series by Lee Child (actually British writer Jim Grant). Reacher (the print character) is 6 feet 5 inches tall and weighs nearly 250 pounds. He has ice-blue eyes and dirty blond hair. I am fairly sure Mr. Cruise is missing one or two of these traits. Perhaps he selected this role because he missed the casting call for “The Hobbit.”
But who really cares? Jack Reacher is a modern noir character who does more punching and thumping — when he is not snuffing out — the bad guys. In Jack Reacher, we are introduced to the character; former military (Army) police and a graduate of West Point, who, after being discharged, drops off the radar to go from place to place distributing justice to those that deserve sticks and coal … and a broken femur.
One day, someone (a face we see right off) kills five people with a high powered rifle. The police immediately conclude that it is a disturbed army veteran, a sniper of course, who had went loony overseas and killed some bad guys and confessed to the aforementioned Reacher. But this guy got off (because the bad guys were an embarrassment to our side) and was released. He got away with murder.
This very former-soldier, during his interrogation process, asks for Reacher — who had actually promised to kill him one day. Why would the alleged killer ask for his “promised” executioner? Well, Reacher wonders that himself and commences to investigate the killings, ostensibly working for a defense attorney (Rosamund Pike) who just happens to be the daughter of the DA (Richard Jenkins).