I’ve just finished the book Reacher Said Nothing by Andy Martin. It’s an interesting book about the creation of the twentieth novel (Make Me). It’s worth a read if you’re interested in behind the scenes stories.
I’ve not read any of the Reacher novels as I’m not into airport genre fiction. They just don’t do anything for me. Someone said they’d get their hands on a book for me so I can give it a try but I doubt it will hold my attention.
I feel there’s a blog post to be made about the books despite my own lack of useful input. So, any opinions on the books you want to share? Favourites or hated books.
I watched the first movie for the second time. My review:
Jack Reacher (2013)
Nomadic ex-military policeman Jack Reacher (Tom Cruise) becomes involved in investigating a mass killing by a sniper.
I don’t know if it’s the original book by Lee Child or if it’s this film’s writer-director Christopher McQuarrie, but there’s a strong sense of an intelligent person overseeing what is a rather nuts and bolts pulpy story. It has an authority to it that elevates it a notch or two above average, which is what this story is. I’m far more inclined to give the credit to the director over the author. This director didn’t make the shitty TV movie-like sequel Never Go Back (2016) which further suggests to me that the director and not the author is responsible for the taut effectiveness of this movie.
It’s a solid film with some strong moments (the sniper attack is a real grabber of an opening). The climax was too small scale to excite with only a few bad guys. German film director Werner Herzog, playing the main bad guy, cannot act. It’s a nuts and bolts efficient movie (despite being over two hours long) and it plays its spare simplicity as a strength rather than as a weakness. It’s an enjoyable movie, even if it does go through the rather generic motions without any particular flair.