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Five More Essential Crime Thrillers (Not by Michael Mann)

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Michael’s Pick

Jack Reacher


Tom Cruise. Werner Herzog. Rosamund Pike. David Oyelowo. Christopher McQuarrie. Robert DuVall. Who says Jack Reacher is a bad film again? It’s not. It’s really not.

This spirited adaptation of Lee Child’s popular series, specifically his One Shot entry, finds our titular drifter and former U.S. Army Military Police Corps officer investigating a sniper attack in Pittsburgh, PA after the key suspect requests his services. Both Reacher (Cruise) and his defense attorney (Pike) attempt to unravel the mystery and eventually discover something far more sinister (Herzog).

Look, there’s a wealth of talent behind this film — today’s talent, mind you — which makes this overlooked 2012 crime thriller something of a young relic. Granted, it didn’t help that it premiered a scant two weeks after Sandy Hook, and nobody really wanted to see Tom Cruise run after a sniper, but now that the dust has settled, it’s a good time to revisit some solid performances in an equally solid genre film.

Cruise has to play the uber masculine role rather stoically, but he’s clearly having fun, glowing underneath that grim mug of his as he kicks Jai Courtney’s ass, drives hot rods through tight alleys, and wears sweet jackets around sleazy bars. So, if you’re like me and need a good ol’ Cruise Bruise once in awhile, then here you go.

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