Thursday, January 24, 2013

One Shot

Jack Reacher: One Shot (Movie Tie-in Edition): A NovelJack Reacher: One Shot (Movie Tie-in Edition): A Novel by Lee Child
My rating: 3 of 5 stars


Everyone I know who has read this book (or rather series) before seeing the movie says the same thing,"I can't believe they put Tom Cruise as Jack Reacher...I mean, the guy is supposed to be huge!" But having never heard of Jack before watching the movie, I say Tom is a better Jack than Jack is. A guy that big and tall would have a much harder time melting into the crowd and being a drifter than plain old ordinary Tom. Plus, it seems more likely that 5 locals would think they could out-fight Tom, than some jolly giant--so it makes a better plot point. Plus, I liked that at the climax, Tom had to really fight his way in...Jack made it look too easy...(almost no resistance from Vladimir, come on, where's the fun in a showdown?).
Another better thing about the movie--they got rid of his posse. Way too many people in the climax of the book. It makes it seem more like a circus of misfits with people dialoging to themselves and running around without their shoes than a calculated attempt at rescue. They also cut out a lot of superfluous things Jack did to evade the cops.
The good things they did keep--giving him a knife at the showdown, the dare at the shooting range, the quarter. I can't say I would recommend the book or the movie, but in this case the movie is better than the book.

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Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet

Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and SweetHotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet by Jamie Ford
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I liked the period of time and events that took place in this book. I don't think we as Americans like to think of rounding up Japanese-Americans and sending them to camps during WWII. It was a great springboard for discussing issues of immigration, culture, perception, in our book club. I felt like the book itself was a little overly sentimental and predictable. But it was fine story--I just wish we could have peeked a little bit more into the Japanese themselves, what life was like in the camps, their thoughts and feelings.

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