Kernel Rating (out of 5):
MPAA Rating: PG-13 Length: 130 minutes
Age Appropriate for: 13+. Some cursing, implied drug use, and scantily dressed women and implied sexual content. Most disconcerting, though, is the film’s depiction of a sniper killing random people in a public place, and the suggestion that a child might be a victim. Given the recent tragedy in Newtown, Conn., this might be difficult for a fair amount of viewers.
‘Jack Reacher’ can’t find a consistent tone, spends too much time paying homage at the altar of Tom Cruise, and veers too often between action movie clichés and evil Russian stereotypes. Even with all of Cruise’s charisma and witticisms, ‘Jack Reacher’ is laughably, frustratingly bad.
By Roxana Hadadi
I can understand why Hollywood loves Tom Cruise. Yes, his personal life is somewhat shady. But I remember growing up in the ’90s, when leading men included Cruise, Brad Pitt, and Will Smith, and the years since, it seems like only Cruise has really stuck around in that role, delivering up action movies every few years that really push him to his limits. Last year’s “Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol”—so good! This year’s Cruise offering, “Jack Reacher”? Not so much.