It’s almost difficult to remember what a hard-boiled, stripped-down, old-fashioned action-thriller looks like. We’ve become so reliant on CG for our action and jump-scares for our thrills that we forget solid action-thrillers don’t need to rely on gigantic budgets or creepy mysteries to make an impact. Jack Reacher is that confident action thriller we’ve been missing. Writer-director Christopher McQuarrie has created a film that almost feels like a throwback in its confident plotting and attitude. Furthermore, Tom Cruise once again reminds us that we can never underestimate his acting talent, and while he may not share the physicality of the character in the book, the attitude remains.