Cruise Underachieves as Jack Reacher

CBS St. Louis


It is supremely unfortunate and terrible timing that the new film “Jack Reacher” begins with a grim scene of a sniper killing five innocent people on sunny morning in Pittsburgh, including one lady holding a little girl. In light of recent events, there couldn’t be a worse beginning.

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Based on a popular novel by Lee Child entitled “One Shot,” Tom Cruise plays Jack Reacher, a decorated ex-Army MP who has become a shadowy loner since leaving the military. When the sniper who did the shooting in the opening scene is caught, he scribbles a note to contact Jack Reacher. Helen Rosamund plays a defense attorney assigned to represent the sniper, and she has no idea who Reacher is until he shows up and tells her that her client is innocent, and he can prove it.

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Rosamund’s character’s father, played by the solid character actor Richard Jenkins, just happens to be the local District Attorney. He…

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