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Jack Reacher (2012)

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A homicide investigator digs deeper into a case involving a trained military sniper who shot five random victims.

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Lee Child (based on the book "One Shot" by), Christopher McQuarrie (written for the screen by)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Tom Cruise ... Reacher
Rosamund Pike ... Helen
Richard Jenkins ... Rodin
David Oyelowo ... Emerson
Werner Herzog ... The Zec
Jai Courtney ... Charlie
Vladimir Sizov Vladimir Sizov ... Vlad
Joseph Sikora ... Barr
Michael Raymond-James ... Linsky
Alexia Fast ... Sandy
Josh Helman ... Jeb
Robert Duvall ... Cash
James Martin Kelly ... Rob Farrior
Dylan Kussman ... Gary
Denver Milord Denver Milord ... Punk
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Storyline

In an innocent heartland city, five are shot dead by an expert sniper. The police quickly identify and arrest the culprit, and build a slam-dunk case. But instead of confessing, the accused man writes the words, "Get Jack Reacher." Reacher himself sees the news report and turns up in the city. The defense is immensely relieved, but Reacher has come to bury the guy. Shocked at the accused's request, Reacher sets out to confirm for himself the absolute certainty of the man's guilt, but comes up with more than he bargained for. Written by Anonymous

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

The law has limits. He does not.

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Action | Crime | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for violence, language and some drug material | See all certifications »

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Details

Official Sites:

Paramount [United States]

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 December 2012 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

One Shot See more »

Filming Locations:

Saltsburg, Pennsylvania, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$60,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$15,210,156, 23 December 2012, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$80,070,736

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$218,340,595
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Runtime:

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Much has been made in online circles about the obvious prominence of Rosamund Pike's cleavage in several scenes. Truth was, Pike was pregnant with her first son during the making of the film, so a pronounced cleavage was unavoidable. See more »

Goofs

When Jack saves Helen, he enters the place with wet hair, some hair on his forehead. When the scene changes (after small talk with Helen, when Jack meets The Zec), Jack's forehead is clear. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Emerson: It's life or death now, James. By that, I mean you're doing one or the other up in Rockview. This here is District Attorney Rodin. Want to know what he's wondering? Whether you're gonna walk like a man or cry like a pussy on your way to the death house. See, the D.A. likes the needle, whereas me, I like to see a man like you live a long life - with all your teeth knocked out. Passed around till a brother can't tell your fart from a yawn.
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Alternate Versions

In the UK the BBFC originally decided to give the film a '15' rating. Paramount, desiring the '12A' rating, asked them to reconsider the decision. In order for the film to be given a '12A' rating the BBFC requested 2s of cuts, which Paramount subsequently accepted, to two scenes; One cut takes place where Sandy is suffocated near to her apartment and the other when a henchman is hit over the head with a rock in the quarry. The DVD and Blu-ray versions are uncut and rated '15'. See more »


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Young Americans
Written and Performed by David Bowie
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Introducing a new icon of the action genre...
29 December 2012 | by sanddragon939See all my reviews

I'd never read any of the Lee Child 'Jack Reacher' novels so I went in with no particular expectations about the portrayal of this character. But this film can certainly live up to ANY expectations thriller fans might have had of it, in my opinion!

Having seen Tom Cruise as the flamboyant, charming and somewhat Boy Scout-ish Ethan Hunt in the past, its refreshing to see him as someone almost as ruthless and taciturn as Jason Bourne or Daniel Craig's rendition of James Bond. Jack Reacher's appeal doesn't lie in the fact that he's a 'larger than life' figure, or the world's biggest bada##...it lies in the fact that he's a normal, perfectly relatable and very realistic human being, albeit a trained and skilled soldier and detective.

Rosamund Pike does a great job as the lawyer, Helen-a far cry from glamorous 'Bond girls' (one of whom Pike herself has portrayed), and Lara Croft styled action heroines who normally populate the action film genre. Instead she's a three dimensional character with her own doubts, anxieties, convictions and flaws.

One of the great things about this movie is how, without wavering from its narrative, it does highlight several significant real-world issues; ranging from the political debates over gun control, to legal representation for terrorists, to the politics surrounding the actions of military personnel overseas, to the corrupt political-industrial nexus...without necessarily taking sides or trying to come across as being preachy of moralistic.

To sum it up, Jack Reacher is virtually a 'slice of life' piece...albeit, a very dark and grimy slice of life.


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