Jack Reacher 2012

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Mystery crime drama starring Tom Cruise and Rosamund Pike. Adapted from a novel in Lee Child's best-selling crime series, the film sees Cruise in the title role as an ex-military policeman turned vigilante drifter who is called in to investigate after an expert sniper takes the lives of five random victims.

Starring:
Werner Herzog, David Oyelowo
Runtime:
2 hours 10 minutes

Jack Reacher

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Product Details

Genres Drama, Crime
Director Christopher McQuarrie
Starring Werner Herzog, David Oyelowo
Supporting actors Robert Duvall, Jai Courtney, Rosamund Pike, Richard Jenkins, Tom Cruise
Studio Paramount
BBFC rating Suitable for 15 years and over

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Michael Owden on 16 July 2014
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
I have liked all the Jack Reacher novels and know the physical description of Reacher as described by Lee Child, so I was a bit surprised that an actor as short as Cruise took the part. I believe he bought the rights to cast himself. There are quite a few moments where the camera angle is obviously set up to make Cruise look taller than the other actors which isn't good. And I can only guess that when he walks into the bar before his first fight he is walking on a raised platform.

Cruise does a good job of being Reacher and the story line does stay close to the book (but leaves chunks out).

However, Cruise 'rolling' into the prone position to fire the rifle on the range - absolute tosh! No sniper would engage his weapon like that! And as for controlling the bullet casings and ejecting them into his hand - they are just meant to have been fired, they would have be extremely hot and burned him quite badly. I don't like it when they get such obvious things wrong.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Expat on 21 Jun 2014
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Anybody who's read ANY of Lee Child's books featuring Jack Reacher will know that he's well over 6', blond and built like a brick s*** house! Therefore, why would any casting director in their right mind choose Tom Cruise for this part? I love Tom but not to play a character who is so well defined in Child's books. I found the acting very wooden and Tom not in the least believable in the role he was playing - don't think this film did him any favours.
The only plus for me was that they didn't mess around with the script too much and it stuck pretty well to the original book.
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26 of 30 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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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Johan RF on 3 Jun 2013
Format: Blu-ray
this film starts out like a stylish remake of Dirty Harry. Even the music is lalo-esque. I was expecting gritty minimal dialogue and some great action "sketches". However, Tom Cruise produced this movie as a vehicle for himself and as the film goes on he steadily becomes the standard Tom Cruise for any one of 20 films. Don't get me wrong, I really enjoyed this but it could have been a classic movie, it had all the makings. The character acting is very good and the cameo by Robert Duvall is cliche but entertaining. The mystery thriller aspect to the film holds up well but the pace is too quick when things get "solved" giving this more of a scooby-doo feel at times. The blu ray disk is superb, fantastic HD transfer and very good subtle HD sound mix. So yes buy this if you want a great popcorn movie that is gritty ( occasionally brutal ) and pacey but bear in mind this is by no means a classic film.
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23 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Red on Black TOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 15 April 2013
Format: DVD
Having watched this film you puzzle at its conclusion what attracted Cruise to the anti hero of Lee Child's source novel and beg a simple question doesn't Tom Cruise get fed up of playing Tom Cruise? This film is fine at what it does and the words "competent", "passable", "workmanlike" and "solid" spring to mind. It's the sort of film that gets 60% on Rotten Tomatoes and try as much as you like its difficult not to warm to Cruise. The plot centres on one of Child's "Reacher" novels, "One Shot," about what appears to be a clear open-shut case against a urban sniper. The police round up him up after a shooting spree in Pittsburgh with enough evidence to put him in the clink for a lifetime. Sadly just when the D.A. thinks he's getting a signed confession, the sniper is instead scribbling a message: It reads "Get Jack Reacher." The opening scene setting this out is very tense and well handled but throughout there are are echoes of Rambo and the action sequences which are fine as far as they go never really hit the "wow" button. "Jack Reacher" is essentially I Max fodder even though on occasions you sense that a much darker beast could be teased out of Childs novels who in turn is hardly the Shakespeare of crime writers. Perhaps Cruise needs to look to some of the writers of Nordic Noir to give him a fresh approach which revolves around compelling story lines as opposed to knitting together set piece pyrotechnics? As a slice of forgettable escapist entertainment this film ticks all the boxes, as a great film it comes no where near the description.
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