Like Tron: Legacy, director Joseph Kosinski’s previous feature, Oblivion is perhaps best enjoyed as a two-hour music video. Kosinski has a flair for stunning imagery and an ear for epic, sweeping, and catchy scores. The less one thinks about his films, the better.
Christopher McQuarrie, the writer-director of Jack Reacher, is an oddly underused Hollywood asset. After winning an Oscar for The Usual Suspects (1995), McQuarrie did not reemerge on the big screen until his directorial debut in the wildly underrated The Way of the Gun (2000). He was then silent for another eight years before reteaming with The Usual Suspects’ Bryan Singer to write Valkyrie (2008).