TOM Cruise was an unusual choice to play the title character of Jack Reacher.
Firstly, he looks nothing like Reacher as he is described in Lee Child's bestselling crime novel series.
No amount of camera trickery could make Cruise look like the imposing beast of a man held in the minds of readers: 6' 5'' tall, weighing 100kg, muscular and having ice-blue eyes and sandy blonde hair.
Secondly, former military police investigator Reacher is the strong, silent type who rarely appears to feel pressure, even in stressful situations.
As director Christopher McQuarrie has pointed out, it's not a character Cruise is known for playing.
But somehow, Cruise has managed to pull it off, silencing the critics and fans of the novels who loudly questioned his casting.
What he lacks in height or physical bulk, Cruise makes up for with a searing intensity.
His fight scenes are believable - he looks like a military man and certainly knows how to shoot a gun.
The film follows an investigation into a seemingly random shooting of five people in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
All the evidence points to disgraced former military sniper James Barr.
But the accused says nothing, only scrawling three words on a pad of paper: Get Jack Reacher.
By the time Reacher shows up, Barr is in a coma and it's up to Reacher and defense lawyer Helen (Rosamund Pike) to determine if it's an open-and-shut case or if the mound of evidence left at the crime scene is too good to be true.
The movie is based on Childs' ninth Reacher book One Shot and I think the thrilling plot is a great first introduction to the series for movie goers.
The film genuinely keeps you on the edge of your seat and there's an air of conspiracy as Helen and Reacher dig deeper and deeper into the case.
Aussie actor Jai Courtney is also fantastic as one of the baddies.
Expect to see big things from him later this year when he stars opposite Bruce Willis in A Good Day to Die Hard.
I can't wait to see which book McQuarrie and Cruise choose to make into a sequel.
If this first film is anything to go by, Jack Reacher could turn into another great film franchise like Bourne.
- Stars: Tom Cruise, Rosamund Pike, David Oyelowo, Robert Duvall, Richard Jenkins, Jai Courtney.
- Director: Christopher McQuarrie
- Rating: M
- Verdict: 4/5 stars
This spacious open plan property is only 10 years young, and could be mistaken for a brand new home. Perfectly positioned in a peaceful quiet cul-de-sac with a...
This property is simply the epitome of style. With more than enough space for any family it was built with ease of living in mind. An attractive facade and...
This outstanding 4th floor, 1 bedroom studio unit at Ramada Marcoola Resort has all the benefits you need for your summer holiday at the beach. Direct beach...
Views from every level and every side are a huge feature of this gorgeous opportunity. Watch the ships stroll by, gaze at the dramatic Glasshouse Mountains or look...
Living on the water has its obvious advantages. Fishing, kayaking or even taking the family down the river boating are some of the fabulous lifestyle opportunities...
Chic, sophisticated Sunshine Coast living is reflected and embodied in the classy Sebel Resort; and this elegant fully furnished apartment could be yours to live...
What a view! This unit has everything you could possibly need and much more with a price tag that won't break the bank. This centrally located, beautiful north...
** Open Saturday 12-12.30pm ** How good is this!! Andrew Vockler of Ray White Bli Bli is extremely excited to be able to offer a great family home of generous...
This home really has it all! With large spacious open plan living areas, a modern kitchen, great sized bedrooms, generous sized level grass yard and one amazing...
This charming home tucked away on a leafy 4.5 acres in the Peregian hinterland, offers the ultimate tree' and sea-change', with the golden sands of Peregian Beach...
Join the Community.
Get your local news, your way.
Update your news preferences and get the latest news delivered to your inbox.