So I am curious to know what readers of the books think of this.
Of course they're selling it as a big actioner, but this is actually a pretty low-key B-movie. It's got less in common with, say, "Mission: Impossible" as it does stuff like "Prime Cut" or "The Split" - almost defiantly non-contemporary, just a straightforward no-bullshit action mystery.
There are some crappy airport-novel plot moments, and a story that's probably needlessly convoluted. And the ending doesn't exactly build to a HUGE action climax -- there's a big explosion in the trailer that I'm 90% certain is not in the movie. There are a lot of sub-bosses for Reacher to fight, but they don't give Werner Herzog (!) much to do besides glower and give speeches (!!). He tells this story where his character had to gnaw his fingers off to stave off frostbite at a younger age, and you think, Herzog totally did this in an earlier life.
If you don't like Tom Cruise, you might not enjoy the movie, because it is the TOM CRUISE IS AWESOME HOUR. From the very beginning, "A Tom Cruise Production" is followed by "Tom Cruise" and then we get into the story. Presence felt. Cruise walks in and shit-talks everyone, kicks everyone's ass, and KEEPS getting hit on by the female characters. He walks around without his (only!) shirt and he basically reads everyone's mind and calls everyone's bluff.
Joe Kramer scored this, he also scored The Way of The Gun, so he and Chris McQuarrie obviously have chemistry. It's a pretty good suspense thriller score, but more importantly, McQuarrie knows EXACTLY when to allow the film to go quiet. There's a badass car chase sequence, without score, that at the midpoint is the highlight of the movie. I do hope McQuarrie is now out of Movie Jail.
Jai Courtney, aka John McClane Jr., is one of the bad guys. Like a beefy Michael Rosenbaum. Didn't care for him. David Oyelowo and Richard Jenkins class it up, though. Rosamund Pike clearly is playing The Girl.
If someone told me they shot and released this in 1995 and were doing repertory screenings this year, I would not bat an eye. And I think that's kinda cool in this case.
But who cares? You're not gonna get to see it, we're all gonna die tomorrow! Bummer.