There is nothing new about Tom Cruise playing an action star and there is nothing new here. Jack Reacher is a pretty silly film about a super trained former Military Police Corps Officer who has dropped off the grid. When a sniper kills a bunch of people Reacher turns up to solve the case.
There is intrigue and plotting and a pretty silly plot, but jogs along at an enjoyable enough pace and isn’t so stupid as to make you want to jump out a window.
There is also a really good performance from acclaimed director Werner Herzog, playing the main bad guy. He brings a menacing performance and his philosophy about the cruel indifference of the universe allows him to bring an honesty to the role.
This is a quintessential weekend film.