On a calm morning in Pittsburgh PA, the city is shaken with an attack from an experienced sniper who takes the lives of five innocent people. Police are able to identify and capture the suspect, a former U.S. Army sniper who went AWOL on his last tour. The suspect claims he’s innocent and with all evidence pointing at him, he asks for Jack Reacher (Tom Cruise) to be found. Reacher is a former Army Officer with a long list of credentials and every possible award to back his name; a trained killer who tracks down trained killers. Nobody knows how to get ahold of Reacher, but when he sees the breaking story on TV, he finds his way to The Steel City.
Reacher shows up unannounced to find the suspect in a coma after being attacked by other prisoners. With all evidence pointing at the suspect, and Reacher knowing his past, it looks like an open and shut case. Once the suspects lawyer Helen (Rosamund Pike) lets Reacher know that her client asked for him, he decides to take a closer look into the case. He soon finds himself over his head in a large conspiracy, which is his cup of tea.
The further Reacher looks, the closer he gets to find the “real killer”. The Zec (Werner Herzog) has his men go after Reacher, and capture Helen as bait to lure him in. Reacher gets help from a shooting range owner Cash (Robert Duvall). Cash covers Reacher while he goes alone into the lions den to rescue Helen and prove his theory of who really killed those innocent people.
Written and Directed by Christopher McQuarrie, we are given an action packed movie with bits of humor and great storyline. The fighting scenes were entertaining and not overdone, the humor was genuine and given the right amount. There’s enough sexual tension between Reacher and Helen to be the “romantic side” of the film and Tom Cruise gives a great performance as a trained killer with nothing to lose.