Chill­ing film de­liv­ers a dose of dark­ness

Movie based on suc­cess­ful nov­els clearly the be­gin­ning of a se­ries of flicks.

Austin American-Statesman - - D MOVIES & LIFE - By Charles Ealy cealy@states­man.com Reacher D

“Jack Reacher” opens with a chill­ing scene: A sniper drives to a park­ing garage, sets up a gun with a scope and be­gins to shoot peo­ple who are walking be­low. He kills five peo­ple, in­clud­ing a woman who ac­com­pa­nies a small girl.

A sus­pect is quickly ar­rested, but we know that he’s not the guilty party. We’ve seen the face of the real sniper. And the sus­pect re­fuses to an­swer po­lice ques­tions. He just scrawls a note on a pad: “Get Jack Reacher.”

So be­gins a hol­i­day movie that’s clearly meant to be the be­gin­ning of a fran­chise, with Tom Cruise star­ring as Reacher, a former mil­i­tary in­ves­ti­ga­tor who lives off the grid and has a bru­tal knack for solv­ing crimes and killing those re­spon­si­ble. It’s based on the thriller “One Shot,” one in a se­ries by Lee Childs that features Jack Reacher.

But the re­lease of the movie is prob­lem­atic, in part be­cause it’s coming shortly af­ter the school shoot­ing in New­town, Conn. Para­mount de­cided to

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