Cruise deserves better, as do his loyalists, who have stuck with him through the good and the bad, both in perfectly tailored roles that failed to impress audiences (“Edge of Tomorrow”) and in roles that were unworthy of all his work and our love (“Oblivion”).
The creation of Lee Child, Reacher is one of those enigmatic, borderline mystical types who surface out of the haze to handle villainy with boundless intelligence, weapons mastery and annihilating violence.
The director Edward Zwick tends to sign his name to nominally more elevated material with lofty, serious themes and objectives (“Glory,” “Blood Diamond”).
Cruise registers as entirely comfortable with all the genre elements this story demands.
Director Edward Zwick Writers Richard Wenk, Edward Zwick, Marshall Herskovitz Stars Tom Cruise, Cobie Smulders, Aldis Hodge, Robert Knepper Genres Action, Adventure, Crime, Mystery, Thriller A version of this review appears in print on October 21, 2016, on page C5 of the New York edition with the headline: A Familiar Furrow, And Fists Of Fury.