Director: Edward Zwick
Starring: Tom Cruise
Studio: Paramount Pictures
Rated: PG-13 (For sequences of violence and action, some bloody images, language and thematic elements)
Reacher is not a character who is supposed to grow as a person or change much. He isn’t even really supposed to have any lingering connections. This puts him a position where he can anchor a series without having the previous installments mean anything. It is a brilliant marketing move that seems ultimately fitting for the title character who is constantly on the move. The problem this provides is that new characters played by Cobie Smulders, Danika Yarosh, and Billy Slaughter are going to have no long term involvement in this series (should it continue), and the movie is essentially running on empty. The ending of the film leaves so much to be desired that there is almost a sense that nothing of importance even happened. Smulders plays a love interest that the film makers forget to develop as a credible romantic partner.
Parents, there is some strong language as well as some sex and nudity. Recommended for ages 17 and up.