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A Lee Child fan follows Jack Reacher to the big screen

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Charlie (Jai Courtney) and Reacher (Tom Cruise) go toe to toe in Jack Reacher.
PHOTO BY KAREN BALLARD

So that's the bad news. The good news is that the film is entertaining, Cruise does the best he can under the circumstances, and he delivers the key lines nicely. Pike does a fine job of being sexy without being movie-star beautiful. The fight scenes are lively and fun and not too overdone.

And Werner Herzog is just spectacular as the evil Zec, a man so tough that he chewed his fingers off in prison to avoid getting gangrene. Watching Herzog sneer and be scary, horrible, and fascinating at the same time is worth the price of admission.

No nudity. Five people beaten near death. Three cops cars destroyed. Sniper porn. Fight to the death in the pouring rain. Not a great tribute to a great character, but I'll take it. *

JACK REACHER is now playing in Bay Area theaters.

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