Jack Reacher

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Overview

The Usual Suspects' Christopher McQuarrie brings Lee Child's Jack Reacher character to the big screen with this Paramount Pictures release starring Tom Cruise as the lone-wolf investigator on the hunt for a murderous sniper. Robert Duvall, Richard Jenkins, Rosamund Pike, and director Werner Herzog co-star.
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Overview

The Usual Suspects' Christopher McQuarrie brings Lee Child's Jack Reacher character to the big screen with this Paramount Pictures release starring Tom Cruise as the lone-wolf investigator on the hunt for a murderous sniper. Robert Duvall, Richard Jenkins, Rosamund Pike, and director Werner Herzog co-star.
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Special Features

Closed Caption; Blu-Ray Feature Film:; When the man comes around; You do not mess with Jack Reacher: combat & weapons; The Reacher phemonenon; Commentary by Tom Cruise and director Christopher McQuarrie
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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: 5/7/2013
  • UPC: 032429129161
  • Original Release: 2012
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  • Source: PARAMOUNT
  • Region Code: 1
  • Presentation: Blu-ray/DVD Combo + Digital Copy + UltraViolet
  • Time: 2:10:00
  • Format: Blu-ray
  • Sales rank: 9,008

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Tom Cruise Jack Reacher
Rosamund Pike , Helen
Robert Duvall , Cash
Richard Jenkins Rodin,
David Oyelowo Emerson,
Werner Herzog The Zec
Jai Courtney Charlie,
Scott Martin Wesley
Vladimir Sizov Vlad
Joseph Sikora Barr
Josh Helman , 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, Producer
Dana Goldberg Executive Producer, 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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Disc #1 -- Jack Reacher
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Customer Reviews

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 7, 2013

    It was a great movie. My husband I thoroughly enjoyed it. It d

    It was a great movie. My husband I thoroughly enjoyed it. It doesn't matter that Cruise wasn't as tall as the character was written. Would you be happy if it was Arnold Schwarnegger playing the role? Sly Stallone? The acting was good. The screenplay was good. It did what movies are supposed to do: entertain. Very few enjoyable movies have gone in the past year. I'd rather have a good actor than one who looked right but couldn't act.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 10, 2013

    I have read almost every Jack Reacher novel written by Lee Child

    I have read almost every Jack Reacher novel written by Lee Child and have enjoyed every one. The screenplay was not the best adaptation; and, perhaps the most offensive part was the casting of Tom Cruise as Jack Reacher. Part of Jack Reacher's appeal is that he is a larger-than-life self-contained aggressive survival machine, and Tom Cruise is none of the foregoing. I'm sorry, the poor casting and screenplay ruined it for me.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 23, 2013

    I would not like to ever see this movie, as I just can't picture

    I would not like to ever see this movie, as I just can't picture Tom Cruise, nice man that he is, in the part of Jack Reacher.
    Tinkerbelle

    1 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 21, 2013

    Once I got past the fact Tom Cruise wasn't 6'5", 250lbs and

    Once I got past the fact Tom Cruise wasn't 6'5", 250lbs and blonde!! it was good.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 8, 2013

    There is no way that Tom Cruise is Jack Reacher.  I've read all

    There is no way that Tom Cruise is Jack Reacher.  I've read all the Reacher books and have a picture of Reacher in my mind. 
    It boggles the mind to think that Cruise could play this part.  No way will I ever see this!

    1 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 7, 2013

    i didn't see the film, but i've read all the reacher books. EVER

    i didn't see the film, but i've read all the reacher books. EVERY one says how reacher is huge, 6' 5", 250 lbs. i have a hard time picturing him being played by cruise. i wish they had cast someone  truer to the story.

    1 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 9, 2013

    This is a good action movie, but is missing the edginess of the

    This is a good action movie, but is missing the edginess of the character in the book. I had a Jack Reacher in my mind and now all I can see is Tom Cruise. A few more books, maybe that image will go away. Reacher is not handsome, he's physically imposing, and has few social skills. The scene with the teenage girl in the bar just did not work, Cruise was too ... well, Cruise. Reacher is belligerent, Cruise was this wierd combination of sarcasm and simpering. I wanted to like it -- I bought it, so I was definitely hopeful. It's not a bad movie, the action scenes deliver, but it's a Cruise movie, not a Reacher movie. If you can go with that, you'll be happy.

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  • Posted June 27, 2013

    Jaws remake with a small Tiger Shark or Moby Dick with a small b

    Jaws remake with a small Tiger Shark or Moby Dick with a small black whale -- Jack Reacher as a small white guy: what a concept. Why buy the book, just make a movie. Jack Reacher fans have to say I DON'T THINK SO!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 13, 2013

    Why oh why did they cast Tom Cruise? Did scientology buy him th

    Why oh why did they cast Tom Cruise? Did scientology buy him this part? He is NOT Reacher - read the books - they are great!

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  • Posted June 4, 2013

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    I am a serious Lee Child fan and have read half of the Reacher n

    I am a serious Lee Child fan and have read half of the Reacher novels and am still working my way through the rest. I was thrilled to hear that they were bringing Reacher to the big screen and astonished by the idiotic choice of casting Tom Cruise in the role. Don't get me wrong. I like Tom as an actor and knew he was good at pulling off the action stuff, but Reacher's physical size is a core element of who he is. Let's face it, Tom Cruise isn't anywhere close to being physically imposing. However, being the fan of Jack Reacher that I am, I opted to see the film despite my serious misgivings about Mr. Cruise playing the role. Here's what I took away from it. My husband, who has never read any of the books and thus knows nothing about the character, liked the movie quite a bit. I enjoyed it as well, mainly because I worked to detach myself from the title and the books. If I pretended it wasn't "the" Jack Reacher, it was a very enjoyable action flick. For that reason, I give it four stars. Just don't try to take it too seriously, and you should enjoy it assuming you're a fan of over-the-top action.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 30, 2013

    It was an excellent movie, even if he lacked the physical charac

    It was an excellent movie, even if he lacked the physical characteristics of Jack Reacher. It was well made and well acted. 
    Watch the movie before posting a poor review.

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  • Posted May 26, 2013

    My son and I really enjoyed this movie. It was action-packed, w

    My son and I really enjoyed this movie. It was action-packed, well-acted and had a very good storyline. Cruise's character almost reminded me of a modern day Sherlock Holmes. I appreciate movies with an interesting plot and a good twist. Definitely recommend!

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