Jack Ryan (2013) Film Review
A bright, beautiful sunny day is the last for five strangers. A sniper’s trained eye steals from them their lives. Long after the screams and gunfire fades, police respond to a crime scene dripping with evidence including a coin from a meter with a perfect fingerprint. Catching all the right breaks, the print matches James Barr, an elite trained Iraq war veteran. Once an arrest is made, all he gives up to police is one name; Jack Reacher.
Some people don’t wish to be found. Jack Reacher (Tom Cruise) is one such person. He was has an impeccable military record and a stint with the military police, he is now drifting. Living life in the shadows of everyone else – this was before he saw the news and James name splashed across the stories. Now, he returns to America, presents what he knows about the man and is ready to leave again… until he meets Helen Rodin (Rosamund Pike). The daughter of the DA (Richard Jenkins), Helen takes on the task of defending James and she wants to know everything about her client – including
whatever it is Jack knows.
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Novelist Lee Child is the person behind the genius of Jack Reacher and as a good-guy-with-a-possible-dark-side, I sure do like him. He’s interesting and retains his mysterious status even after he stays behind to help solve the case; we learn things in relation to him, and yet, we don’t learn anything that tells us about him, like what drives him to live the way he does.
When least we expect it, profound moments of truth pop up, along with a man who believes in patriotism, and to bring justice when someone wrongs a human being. Jack’s mentality of justice is, in some cases true, which makes this film a really good study in right vs wrong.
CONTENT | there is a gun battle in the final moments that results in multiple casualties – including two “close range kills.” [Nothing is terribly graphic.] Prior to that, Jack assaults three bad guys in close quarters after they’ve pummeled him over the head with a baseball bat. The opening pans multiple bodies lying prone in blood; an assassin snaps the neck of a woman by a hard slap [and suffocates her]. Sexual assault is discussed. There’s one use of the F-word and the rare minor profanity like sh*t, a**, etc. The film is PG13.