Twelve years after making his feature-directorial debut with Way of the Gun
, Oscar-winning screenwriter Christopher McQuarrie (The Usual Suspects
) brings Lee Child’s itinerant problem solver to the screen in Jack Reacher
, a mediocre Tom Cruise mystery thriller that’s entertaining in the moment but instantly forgettable.
When a crazed sniper guns down five seemingly random people on a crowded Pittsburgh riverfront, Det. Emerson (David Oyelowo) quickly amasses enough evidence at the scene to implicate an unstable ex-military sniper named James Barr (Joseph Sikora). Upon being questioned by Emerson and DA Alex Rodin (Richard Jenkins), however...