Jack Reacher

Jack Reacher

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Director: Christopher McQuarrie

Cast: Christopher McQuarrie, Tom Cruise, Rosamund Pike, Robert Duvall

     
 

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An itinerant ex-military investigator is tasked with solving a shooting spree that isn't quite as cut-and-dry as it first seems as author Lee Child's 2005 novel One Shot comes to the big screen courtesy of writer/director Christopher McQuarrie. When a crazed sniper guns down five seemingly randomSee more details below

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An itinerant ex-military investigator is tasked with solving a shooting spree that isn't quite as cut-and-dry as it first seems as author Lee Child's 2005 novel One Shot comes to the big screen courtesy of writer/director Christopher McQuarrie. When a crazed sniper guns down five seemingly random people on a crowded Pittsburgh riverfront, Det. Emerson (David Oyelowo) quickly amasses enough evidence at the scene to implicate an unstable ex-military sniper named James Barr (Joseph Sikora). Upon being questioned by Emerson and DA Alex Rodin (Richard Jenkins), however, Barr demands to speak with Jack Reacher (Tom Cruise). A former military investigator who fell off the grid following his service, Reacher soon shows up on the scene and begins gathering clues with the aid of talented defense attorney Helen Rodin (Rosamund Pike), the daughter of the DA. Meanwhile, when Reacher is assaulted in a local bar, he correctly surmises that someone is determined to impede his investigation. His theory plays out when he becomes the prime suspect in the murder of a young woman shortly thereafter. Now, with the police closing in from one side and a gang of ruthless killers gaining ground on the other, Reacher must use his formidable detective skills in order to catch the gunman and uncover his true motives.

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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Jason Buchanan
Twelve years after making his feature-directorial debut with Way of the Gun, Oscar-winning screenwriter Christopher McQuarrie (The Usual Suspects) brings Lee Child's itinerant problem solver to the screen in Jack Reacher, a mediocre Tom Cruise mystery thriller that's entertaining in the moment but instantly forgettable. When a crazed sniper guns down five seemingly random people on a crowded Pittsburgh riverfront, Det. Emerson (David Oyelowo) quickly amasses enough evidence at the scene to implicate an unstable ex-military sniper named James Barr (Joseph Sikora). Upon being questioned by Emerson and DA Alex Rodin (Richard Jenkins), however, Barr demands to speak with Jack Reacher (Cruise). A former military investigator who fell off the grid following his service, Reacher soon shows up on the scene and begins gathering clues with the aid of talented defense attorney Helen Rodin (Rosamund Pike), the daughter of the DA. Meanwhile, when Reacher is assaulted in a local bar, he correctly surmises that someone is determined to impede his investigation. His theory plays out when he becomes the prime suspect in the murder of a young woman shortly thereafter. Now, with the police closing in from one side and a gang of ruthless killers gaining ground on the other, Reacher must use his formidable detective skills in order to catch the gunman and uncover his true motives. Jack Reacher isn't necessarily a "bad" example of the genre -- the performances are generally serviceable, McQuarrie's direction is solid, the mystery unfolds at a satisfying pace, and there's some smart humor scattered throughout -- but it does suffer from a few key flaws that prevent it from being anything more than utterly average. The first culprit is McQuarrie's script, an efficient adaptation of Child's novel that does a fine job of setting up the mystery, yet completely fumbles when it comes to motivation. We're only given the most basic details about why the initial killings occurred, but even after the mystery has been solved, it still isn't clear exactly what the main villain had to do with it. Which leads us directly to the movie's second biggest (and arguably most egregious) flaw: a complete missed opportunity in casting Werner Herzog as the primary villain. A veteran filmmaker who's fairly selective when it comes to accepting onscreen roles, Herzog is given precious little to do in Jack Reacher other than lurk in the shadows for the majority of the running time and deliver a single speech that establishes just how ruthless and malevolent his character is. Anyone who's ever savored Herzog's measured narration in documentaries like Encounters at the End of the World and Into the Abyss can easily imagine just how effective the multifaceted director could be at making our blood run cold at the mere sound of his voice, and although he does evoke a sense of controlled menace when he's actually allowed to speak, those moments are simply too few and far between. Herzog does manage to spark a few shivers while revealing his character's brutal backstory, but it's his hulking, uncharismatic henchmen who hog most of the screen time, leaving us with little to savor in terms of a genuinely frightening antagonist. For a while, at least, McQuarrie makes up for the film's shortcomings by focusing on the mysterious Reacher, a genuinely fascinating character played with authority and dry humor by Cruise (and supported by Robert Duvall in a small yet memorable role). Although some critics have complained that Cruise doesn't strike the same physically imposing stance that Reacher does in Child's novels, he's still agile and cunning enough to be a believable threat. Had circumstances yielded a stronger first outing, one could easily see Jack Reacher becoming a lucrative film franchise; after all, the character's wandering nature sets up a world of possibilities. Yet even with a competent director and Cruise leading the charge, at least in this incarnation, Jack Reacher probably won't end up becoming the next James Bond. Instead, he'll more likely be remembered as the next Remo Williams.

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Product Details

Release Date:
05/07/2013
UPC:
0032429129192
Original Release:
2012
Rating:
PG13
Source:
PARAMOUNT
Region Code:
1
Time:
2:10:00

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Performance Credits
Tom Cruise Jack Reacher
Rosamund Pike Actor,Helen
Robert Duvall Actor,Cash
Richard Jenkins Rodin,Actor
David Oyelowo Emerson,Actor
Werner Herzog The Zec
Jai Courtney Charlie,Actor
Scott Martin Wesley
Vladimir Sizov Vlad
Joseph Sikora Barr
Josh Helman Actor,Jeb
Michael Raymond-James Linsky
Alexia Fast Sandy
James Martin Kelly Rob Farrior
Dylan Kussman Gary
Denver Milord Punk
Susan Angelo Online Archer
Julia Yorks Chrissie Farrior
Nicole Forester Nancy Holt
Delilah Picart Rita Coronado
Joe Coyle Darren Sawyer
Alicia Murton Mrs. Saywer
Peter Gannon Mr. Archer
David Whalen Mr. Holt
Tristan Elma Marcos Coronado
Sophie Guest Little Girl
Michael Minor Eyewitness
CJ Ramirez Secretary
Teri Clark Linden Night Manager
Jarid Faubel Man on Bus
Sara Lindsey Woman on Bus
Jace Jeanes Zec's Thug
Andrei Runtso Zec's Thug
Efka Kvaraciejus Zec's Thug
Lee Child Desk Sergeant
Tommy LaFitte Man With Ballcap
Kristen Dalton Mindy
Jordan Trovillion Goodwill Cashier
Annie Kitral Pawn Shop Cashier
Lissy Gulick Diner Waitress
Catherine Albers Jeb's Mom
Larissa S. Emanuele Sports Bar Waitress
Jason McCune Construction Foreman
Shane Callahan SWAT Guy
Joshua Elijah Reese SWAT Guy
Nathan Hollabaugh Cop
Christopher Stadulis Cop

Technical Credits
Christopher McQuarrie Director,Screenwriter
James D. Bissell Production Designer
Tom Cruise Producer
Caleb Deschanel Cinematographer
Kate Dougherty Set Decoration/Design
David Ellison Executive Producer
Dana Goldberg Executive Producer
Don Granger Producer
Drew Hittie Set Decoration/Design
Ken Kamins Executive Producer
Joe Kraemer Score Composer
Cliff Lanning Associate Producer,Asst. Director
Gary Levinsohn Producer
Susan Matheson Costumes/Costume Designer
Jay Meagher Sound Mixer
Kevin J. Messick Executive Producer
Douglas Mowat Set Decoration/Design
Jake Myers Executive Producer
Paul Schwake Executive Producer
Kevin Stitt Editor
Paula Wagner Producer
Gregory A. Weimerskirch Art Director

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Jack Reacher
1. Chapter 1 [7:07]
2. Chapter 2 [1:13]
3. Chapter 3 [5:57]
4. Chapter 4 [7:31]
5. Chapter 5 [6:13]
6. Chapter 6 [1:56]
7. Chapter 7 [5:43]
8. Chapter 8 [5:36]
9. Chapter 9 [7:44]
10. Chapter 10 [6:27]
11. Chapter 11 [1:14]
12. Chapter 12 [4:53]
13. Chapter 13 [:49]
14. Chapter 14 [3:32]
15. Chapter 15 [2:04]
16. Chapter 16 [1:29]
17. Chapter 17 [7:15]
18. Chapter 18 [:33]
19. Chapter 19 [5:20]
20. Chapter 20 [1:00]
21. Chapter 21 [6:28]
22. Chapter 22 [:43]
23. Chapter 23 [6:57]
24. Chapter 24 [7:06]
25. Chapter 25 [2:21]
26. Chapter 26 [4:11]
27. Chapter 27 [1:57]
28. Chapter 28 [3:47]
29. Chapter 29 [4:23]
30. Chapter 30 [3:39]
31. Chapter 31 [4:46]
32. Chapter 32 [:08]

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