Well by now, you what this FRS is all about. It is basically a movie rating system which has striven to be unscientific and hence is fun, we hope.
-30: Tom Cruise never seems to age, he is doing something.
-10: Thus critics can never accuse him of ‘not playing his age’ because he is not ageing only
+26: Makers actually came up with a title, instead of calling it Jack Reacher 2
-15.7: But title seems to be telling audience that this film does not need a rewatch, seriously yeah we know it is from the book title and all, but then you didnt called the first movie One Shot (which was the book it was based on, why start now? )
+1 : No Narration, yes it helps
+42: To Lee Child, for actually creating a character who doesn’t use a smart phone and hence is actually smart, it’s not like you walk up to Reacher and ask “Hey Reacher, where is the closest laundry place from here”, and Reacher wont be like “hey, wait let me google that for you”. Geez, he will actually tell you where the closest laundry is, wherever in the world. He also will beat up anyone. Cool no? Take that Marvel/DC.
Whenever Reacher uses a cellphone it is a feature phone and not a smart phone and he seems to have a peaceful life, I mean apart from being chased by the military police.
-10: to the reader who would have mind voice “hey buddy, this was same in first movie as well, so why giving extra points now”; we didn’t review the first one that’s why
+4: Reacher takes public transport, good for health
-30: Hero who doesn’t want to be seen, or does not want any company will do casual flirting with one army major, also note, no whatsapp
+3: that’s what anyone would do if the major is being played by Cobie Smulders, but then Reaccher doesn’t know that because he doesn’t use skype or anything, I’m confused either to give or take points.
Live and let live.
-90: This is actually the plainest of all action films, even the action isn’t pulsating like Cruise’s MI films which we can just watch for the jumps, this looks like a Kathadi Ramamurthy family drama compared to that. Nothing cinematic, see first five mins of part one and you will fall in love with Chris Macquarrie.
-10: Tom Cruise escaping from prison cliche
-8: CCTV camera will capture everything except hero escaping from prison. Dei!!
-34: Tom Cruise running away from bad guys
-6: High school girl outruns two army majors, ok one ex-major, shows US army training, Indians will be happy.
-23: Whatever happens to hero, however he gets hit, in the end he will have only one cut on the face, and that too strategically placed so as to enhance his handsomeness
-109: Main characters will always discuss important plot details while undressing, because….
+10: Even in USA, low cost airlines will not even give water until you ask for it
+10: Even in USA, aadar card xerox and original self will be absolutely different
-670: One more time we use, Even in the USA you can burn down our blog, dei learn new phrases (to self)
-34: For a movie that has military espionage as its core, has very little excitement, ending feels like “ok…hmm”
+39: Female characters out shine male character (here Cruise), most of the plot progresses because of them, Cruise looks up to them but then also accepting that he is not used to being worked with
+7: The Girl, really very very good. funny .
-6: Typical senior officer shouting dialogues like “I wanna know what he eats, where he eats, where he sleeps and i need all these details by yesterday”. Dei dei how many days, also why being unreasonable, give them 48 hrs, this movie is not so much into world saving. It is an intimate thriller.
-20: henchmen dont realise what Reacher can do, which means they haven’t seen the first film. and he hits them very bad.
-83.9: Always during Black Ops operation or any other operation, team leader will say “Go!Go! Go!”, dei
-45.1: A good part of the movie is set in New Orleans which means surely they will show that parade and have a chase in it, esp in this it seems like low budget.
I know these fellows want to be subtle about acting and all, which comes down to much of jaw clenching again and again to express what shouldn’t be, Cruise does this well; but I can see that Sivaji would have had a tough time in Hollywood, especially in scenes where he is supposed to embrace his daughter or is she? Sivaji Ganeshan would have teared down the streets of Washington crying. Cruise just walks down cooly.
-6: Americans don’t give lift to Tom Cruise. Which is sad.
As always all numbers are totally arbitrary and absolutely irrelevant.
The Lowly Laureate.