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Jack Reacher by Joe Kraemer (Review)

posted Dec 21, 2012, 3:15 PM by Kaya Savas   [ updated Dec 21, 2012, 3:59 PM ]

If you’re reading this and you haven’t seen Jack Reacher, then you may have some misconceptions about it. The trailer makes it out to be Tom Cruise kicking ass for 2 hours, but I assure you that couldn’t be further from what the film and score are. Jack Reacher is a meticulously paced crime thriller executed with a precise pace and a score that works in perfect balance with the characters and events. The film feels as if it’s a modern day approach to 70’s crime cinema and it will remind you at times of classics like Dirty Harry, Dog Day Afternoon and Bullitt. The score itself by Kraemer is a heavy and brooding score with immense weight behind it. It adds a presence to Reacher’s character that is supremely welcome and the strong thematic nature of it makes it a memorable one. He re-teams with his director friend and collaborator, Christopher McQuarrie for a fantastic and subdued thriller with class.

The first 8 minutes of the film have no dialogue whatsoever, so you can imagine the “Main Title” track playing completely front and center. The music sucks you into the film right from the opening logos as the story is already being told. For a modern day action thriller the score is unusually absent of heavy percussion, and that’s amazing to me. The action and pacing plays out through the editing while the heavy low-end score beefs it up. The film was edited without a temp track, and it shows. The pacing overall is unique versus most modern films, but Kraemer’s score adds a whole dimension of style and substance to it. The score is never overbearing either in that the music knows when to back off. The Bullitt style car chase is void of any music as well are certain other key action scenes. The result is that everything feels more real and not like a goofy summer action flick. When score is introduced to action it can actually lessen the impact a bit unless you’re going for grand operatic scenes, but even in The Dark Knight Rises the Batman vs. Bane scene is scoreless and ever more impactful because of it. Joe Kraemer achieves a really perfect balance in Jack Reacher that makes it something worth taking note of. It’s just a really good score to pretty damn good flick.

Jack Reacher is old school cinema done in the modern age. The music works very closely with the picture and it’s perfectly executed. The film feels real and it never pushes too far into melodrama. A lot of people may try to use the adjective “gritty” to describe the film and score, and honestly I think that it would be degrading. The film is not gritty; it’s smooth and flows with excellent precision. The score never second guesses itself and adds an immense weight to an intriguing plot. Joe Kraemer adds a sense of class to the crime thriller genre and does so with a fantastic sense of style. It’s a great and entertaining way to end the year.

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