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Review: Cruise delivers again as action hero

9:00 PM, Dec. 19, 2012
Tom Cruise, who can leap sofas in a single bound, is merely called upon to play a tough-guy military veteran sorting out a conspiracy in 'Jack Reacher.'
Tom Cruise, who can leap sofas in a single bound, is merely called upon to play a tough-guy military veteran sorting out a conspiracy in 'Jack Reacher.'
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Whatever you think of Tom Cruise, you know he's not 6-foot-5 and well over 200 pounds, which is the way author Lee Child describes his crime-solving/justice-dispensing ex-military policeman, Jack Reacher.

But even if Cruise isn't as physically imposing as the guy, he can still bring the intimidation, as he proves in "Jack Reacher." Cruise carries off the part with a bruising panache, as at home in a brawl or car chase as he is in droll banter with the mere mortals who surround him.

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