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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

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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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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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Color

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Helen visits one of the victims father, Mr. Ferrier. Tom Cruise's character from War of the Worlds (2005) was named Farrier. See more »

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When Jack meets Martin Cash for the first time: During the entire scene, Jack has a different hair cut compared to the rest of the movie. See more »

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[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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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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Limited Greatness
10 January 2013 | by billygoat1071See all my reviews

Jack Reacher is based on Lee Child's book "One Shot". For those who've read it, you already know Tom Cruise isn't right for the role. One would wish they could've gotten a bigger and taller actor to play the role like Hugh Jackman, or Chris Evans, or someone else. It could have been a new iconic appearance for a hero. The real problem is it seems Tom Cruise is just redoing his generic action hero performance. As much as he refuses to call himself a hero, he still looks like one but in a much glossier way. In spite of that, the film itself is a snazzy piece of entertainment that is rare in cinema these days. A neo-noir styled action blockbuster that will grip you by its storytelling and its action scenes. There's a chance that could have made this a much better film but put aside those complains, it's still pretty awesome.

The film begins with a man shooting five random innocent people. It effectively builds tension by being silent. The rest of the movie is as slick as the opening and it serves a great entertainment. The only disappointment is Tom Cruise. He may not have the appearance of the character but he could have done a lot more than just doing his typical action hero swagger. He sure has charisma but that's all. His fans might still think he's pretty cool for it. I'm not a fan of comparing a book to its film adaptation. I never cared if a single plot point or character was changed, but the Jack Reacher character is the real deal here. It seems this film is only made for Cruise to get him back in action. Well this character is not for him.

The film is still solidly made. At least it doesn't go to the modern generic action movie direction that is relentlessly loud but sticks to the neo-noir storytelling. The best parts is when it spends time in scrutinizing the case in silence. When the film starts talking, the dialogue is witty and interests the story's investigation. It gets exciting when it goes to the action. The action scenes are well shot. The hand-to-hand combat fight scenes reminiscence the cool eighties action with some humorous camp. The car chase is the most impressive sequence where it shows several angles as they drive away without shaking the camera. It has the potential of a classic throwback.

Jack Reacher is quite entertaining but again they should have gotten the right actor to play the lead. Jack Reacher here is nothing more than another Tom Cruise character with a leather jacket and do what this old man usually do. The only good thing is it's not bad. It's a decent kind of action thriller that isn't famous in mainstream cinema anymore, but yet is enjoyable. It's not entirely an action film though, but people might think it is. It leaves having a smart mystery in spite of fact it lacks the anti-hero. It's fun and worth watching but there are things that could have made this a lot more interesting.


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