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Jack Reacher [DVD]


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  • Actors: Tom Cruise, Rosamund Pike, Robert Duvall, Richard Jenkins, Werner Herzog
  • Directors: Christopher McQuarrie
  • Writers: Lee Child
  • Format: Letterboxed, PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Danish, Dutch, Norwegian, Finnish, Swedish
  • Dubbed: None
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Audio Description: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Paramount Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 22 April 2013
  • Run Time: 125 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (592 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B008N6YQ26
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,117 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Product Description

Ex-military investigator Jack Reacher (Tom Cruise, Mission:Impossible Ghost Protocol) leaps off the pages of Lee Child's bestselling novel and onto the big screen in the explosive thriller that critics are calling "a superior thriller*". When five people are gunned down and all the evidence points to someone who swears he's innocent, only one man has the skills to take the true criminals out. The law has limits, but Jack Reacher doesn't in this full-throttle action smash hit.

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When you hire Tom Cruise to be in your Tom Cruise movie, there's never a question that you're going to get your money's worth. The movie may not be worth the expense, but as a professional who delivers 100 percent 100 percent of the time, Cruise will give the proceedings his undivided attention. In Jack Reacher Cruise plays the title character with complete gusto, and even though it ends up a pretty run-of-the-mill crime drama, his presence and commitment elevates this violent, bloody, and attractively atmospheric movie to the level of, well, a reliably pleasurable Tom Cruise experience. Jack Reacher is the protagonist in a series of popular novels by Lee Child. There was some sniping among fans that Cruise bears no resemblance to Child's Reacher, a burly, shadowy former army policeman who has moved into the private investigator business--but mostly for Cruise himself. No matter; as a leading man, Cruise is always going to be himself anyway, so the ghostlike qualities built in to his character take on their own mythical qualities that allow both Cruise and Reacher to get the job done. In a somewhat unsettling opening sequence that shows a lone gunman killing a handful of seemingly random people at a public park, the mystery is born and Reacher materialises to help the police sort things out. Again seemingly, the killer has been positively identified and apprehended and is dead-to-rights guilty. But this former army sniper asks for Jack Reacher to suss out the deeper crazy truth. Reacher and the alleged gunman have a history that dates back to their military service when Reacher investigated him for heinously murdering civilians during a psychotic break, a crime that he really did commit, but for which he went unpunished due to one of those pesky legal technicalities. Nevertheless, Reacher's goal is justice, and his investigative instincts tell him this new crime points in an entirely different direction. There are several sequences that play brilliantly in the context of Reacher's skill as a killing machine on his own. One takes place in the close confines of a tiny hallway and bathroom where Reacher faces down a posse of thugs armed with guns and a baseball bat, besting them all in a flurry of acrobatic brutality. He also single-handedly beats up a gang of toughs in the alley behind a bar. But the movie's high point is an excellent chase scene between two roaring muscle cars on the dark streets of Pittsburgh (the city itself plays a great role throughout), with Cruise clearly and expertly handling the wheel himself. Though somewhat convoluted, the plot is well conceived and the large cast supports Cruise's commanding presence nicely. Richard Jenkins and Robert Duvall do their usual excellent work, though it is Werner Herzog as a wildly over-the-top villain who makes things positively gleeful in his few scenes. Of course it always comes back to Tom Cruise and his dedication to the movie's greater good that makes Jack Reacher so enjoyable, even when its reach exceeds its grasp. --Ted Fry

Customer Reviews

3.9 out of 5 stars

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By RSProds TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 3 July 2014
Format: DVD
Three and a half INTERESTING Stars overall; Five Stars for the thrilling action sequences at the end of this film adaptation of author Lee Child's novel "One Shot: A Jack Reacher Novel". As an action hero, Tom Cruise brought 4 "Mission Impossible" movies to the screen to the tune of $2Billion total for the franchise and established himself as an action hero even before that with SciFi epics like "Minority Report" and "War of the Worlds", and more recently "Oblivion" and "Edge of Tomorrow", among others. Jack Reacher fans know author Child's physical description of Mr Reacher very well: really big, tall, muscular, strong, and smart. So Cruise taking on such an admired tough guy role in Jack Reacher brings "muscular, strong, and smart" to the role, but even author Child was won over in the end. My one encounter with Jack Reacher was years ago in Lee Child's book "Jack Reacher (One Shot)" and Cruise is not the Jack Reacher-type specified there. Nonetheless, Hollywood sometimes has a way of making it work, amid the many failures of other actors and roles, and Cruise works himself comfortably into the role as the movie proceeds. He is considerably helped along by the contrasts with some nasty bad guys and some nice acting and eye-candy from British actress Rosamund Pike. Also, there is a surprise cameo by one of our greatest actors who 'ups the ante' considerably while getting some GREAT one-liners to emote: I won't identify him but his casting was brilliant and the interaction between this actor and Cruise is excellent. The film's slow pace drags at times and there are potholes, but persevering to the end will pay off in the climactic face-offs.Read more ›
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30 of 34 people found the following review helpful By Mark Dyer on 12 Jun 2013
Format: Blu-ray
I've read all the Reacher books (I think) and have no great objection to someone of Tom Cruise's size being cast as JR. As far as I am concerned, however, the film didn't do enough to differentiate itself from the many other 'Action movies' already made.

Not enough was made of the calm and brooding menace, and the great powers of deduction. I think that's a combination of the screenplay and direction, as well as the acting. TC can do many things but he certainly couldn't stride manfully about the police station in the early scenes and he couldn't scowl or stare down anyone, as in the scene in the bus depot. The attempt at a 'seven samurai' moment immediately before the car chase was quite poor.

And why have a car chase? That just put the film into similar territory as the Bournes, Bruce Willis and others. I think the time should have been spent developing and illustrating the character, to create something different and play to its strengths. Talking of acting; I thought TC looked quite anxious whilst driving the car - I imagine JR isn't anxious about anything.

I enjoyed the opening scenes, the telling of a story without dialogue. We saw something of the analysis and sleuthing but not really enough. I just think that in the end we had a passable but identikit action movie when there had been a good opportunity to create something better.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kilrymont on 27 Nov 2014
Format: DVD
It's on Netflix. At two years of age that tells you it's not a top-line Cruiser.

And - it isn't. The script is something only its writer could love, being wooden and lacklustre. Cruise turned up and said his lines and flexed a few muscles in the compulsory shirtless scene so the audience could see his pecs aren't too flabby, given his age. Mostly he is Every Action Hero in his action scenes, although he's not what he was in earlier works. I'd rather see him do some real acting - which, on occasion, he's capable of. But not in this flick.

The bad guys don't shave and obligingly wear black leather so we can ID them more easily, and their boss once gnawed off his fingers as his prison food was a bit dicey. That's a more credible reason than the one he provided in the script, which was ludicrous.

Cruise is capable of better than this, and I'd guess most of the cast could be similar.

The director was also the writer, not a good idea to my mind, and his direction brings no surprises or innovative approaches to any scenes at all. All goes more or less as could be foretold by any seasoned movie watcher, it's as formulaic as that.

So - overall it's a bit of a pot boiler and one that looked like they'd shape things up to make it a vehicle for a franchise, like the M.Improbable series - which certainly earned a few $m in its day. I don't see this getting close to that standard and frankly I'm surprised Cruise got involved, not only as the star but as a main producer - so he obviously thought the thing had merit. I think the resulting movie would tend to show he got it a bit wrong with this one.

A different writer/director might well have brought these rather wooden performances to life. Like maybe Paul Greengrass, who masterminded two of the Bourne films.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By The Movie Guy TOP 500 REVIEWER on 22 April 2013
Format: DVD
The film opens up like "Basic" with one man requesting another. A man (Joseph Sikora) is accused of random shootings. The evidence is overwhelmingly against him. In Iraq he was a sniper. Jack Reacher (Tom Cruise) arrives as a brash and cocky individual, a role Tom Cruise has perfected. Jack is elusive. Eventually he takes on the task as the lead investigator for the accused. His lawyer (Rosamund Pike) happens to be the daughter of the prosecutor (Richard Jenkins). As Jack investigates, things are not what they seem which draws us into the story.

Unfortunately the mystery is short lived as clues come too fast. It then resorts to an us vs. them with a car chase scene that lasted way too long for this type of crime drama. The script was otherwise well done. Acting was as we would expect from the cast. Makes for a decent rental. There could be a Jack Reacher sequel, hopefully with some complexity. This is another film shot in Pittsburgh, the Hollywood of the East.

Parental Guide: 1 F-bomb, no sex or nudity. Some spicy language and sexual references.
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