4 years ago

ON 23rd I wittnesed tom cruise`s new movie which went on some thing lke this-
Some of the actors seem to think it`s a very serious film, but the smarter and more interesting, like Werner Herzog and Robert Duvall, realize just how silly this all is and own it. Star Tom Cruise is weirdly blank, a slab of stone-faced menace who dances around his own media persona. Cruise seems aware enough that will always be Tom Cruise in whatever role he takes on, and the only choice he has is to embrace it and lampoon it, as he did with Les Grossman in Tropic Thunder.

Are we supposed to believe he`s a lady-killer whose rock-hard abs make a female lawyer swoon? Does he realize how hilarious he sounds when he threatens a bad guy that he will "beat you to death and drink your blood from a boot"? Because that is hilarious. He has to know that he`s parodying himself. (Do we need to mention that Jack Reacher is so fully realized by his creator Lee Child that he`s described even down to his inseam? And that Cruise looks nothing like him?)
On the other hand, there are quite a few people who seem to take this all at face value. As Helen, Rosamund Pike takes her job as a defense attorney very seriously, mostly because her dad (played by always-reliable Richard Jenkins) is the pro-death penalty DA. She`s sexually attracted to Reacher, because all women are. But he`s a drifter and a loner, Dottie, so forget that girly nonsense and hit the road. They try to talk shop, but his shirtlessness apparently drives her to distraction. And when she thinks he`s about to make a move on her, and she`s already protesting what a bad idea that is when he kicks her out. Broads, man!

Speaking of broads, the only other woman in the movie (other than a silent meth head wrapped cozily in an afghan on a cook house`s porch) is a sexy young thing named Sandy. When she tries to provoke Reacher (ladies, am I right?), Cruise offers a one-liner comparing the definitions of "hooker" and "slut." There is just no way for someone like Cruise to pull off a deadpan line like this. Statham could do it, maybe, but this is like watching your dad flirt with a high schooler. "It`s just what girls like me do!" Sandy tells him later. There`s not enough snap to this script or its delivery to pull off such ickyness.

David Oyelowo is another sinking stone of seriousness as a no-nonsense cop who is annoyed by Reacher and his off-the-cuff investigative methods. As Emerson, he plays the bad cop and threatens to put the suspected sniper James Barr (Joseph Sikora) in with the general population, graphically describing the threats to Barr`s various orifices. This should read as snappy cop chatter, albeit stomach-turning (when will jail rape stop being a source of amusement?), but it falls flat.

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