Jack Reacher

7.02 h 10 min2012X-RayPG-13
A homicide investigator digs deeper into a case involving a trained military sniper who shot five random victims. Based on a book in Lee Child's crime series.
Christopher McQuarrie
Tom CruiseRosamund PikeRichard Jenkins
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Werner HerzogDavid OyelowoJai CourtneyJoseph SikoraRobert Duvall
Tom CruiseDon GrangerPaula WagnerGary LevinsohnJack MyersKen KaminsKevin MessickDavid Ellison
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Joshua JordanReviewed in the United States on September 24, 2017
5.0 out of 5 stars
They should give Werner Herzog a back-story film playing his character from Jack Reacher...
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I saw this in the theatre originally & didn't think it was that great, but I have returned to it & grown to admire this film's charm. Tom Cruise plays an ex-Army investigator turned into a "hobbyist" shadow, living a romantic vision of American independence. When 5 random people are gunned down in broad daylight, an ex-Army sniper is accused with overwhelming evidence within 24 hrs - he is given the choice, confess or face the death sentence. Innocent, the accused killer asks for Jack Reacher & says nothing further - but, the two may know each other, it certainly isn't based on a friendly encounter during service; the accused killer has his own demons & Reacher knows exactly what he is capable of doing.

After seeing the killings on the news and recognizing his former acquaintance, Reacher orchestrates an appearance out of seemingly thin air - his intent is to bury the ex-sniper. However, the district attorney's daughter believes the courts are favoring unfair practices & denying those accused of crimes due process - she is able to convince Reacher to help as her lead investigator. Soon Reacher becomes a target by thugs seemingly everywhere he goes - each time he swiftly thwarts attempts to get him off the case. It becomes clear to Reacher there is something much more sinister happening involving, perhaps, even the district attorney himself.

The film plots a smooth escalation of intensity as the mystery unfolds. Tom Cruise is the unbeatable stereotype, but with intelligent writing, I think it works. Appearances are made by Robert Duvall, a grizzled ex-Marine sharpshooter and gun-range owner - after the standard Army-Marine banter, Duvall agrees to help Reacher. The real treat is the antagonist of the film - played expertly by famed Director Werner Herzog (if you are unfamiliar with him, he is a brilliant filmmaker and can be hilarious with his deadpan German delivery - e.g., The Grand (2008) - or disturbingly psychotic as he is in Jack Reacher).

The film has all the elements of a true American action/thriller - dubious cops, expert-level veterans, muscle cars, chase scenes, hand-to-hand combat, guns, grizzled old men, lowly street thugs, cute girls, the wrongfully accused, and a German playing a Russian lunatic. It has all the elements to be utterly cliche, but the story is smart and compelling and the casting is on target preventing Jack Reacher from being a mere spectacle. It's a great film & I am glad I gave it a second chance - I think it's definitely worth a viewing.
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Amazon CustomerReviewed in the United States on March 17, 2017
5.0 out of 5 stars
Awesome action packed movie!
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An ex military sniper is arrested for killing five random people and severely beaten. Before he slips into unconsciousness he asks for Jack Reacher. Jack arrives and notices that things don't add up. The evidence is too easily found. Someone is following him and when hired goons try to get rid of him he knows for sure something bigger is going on.
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joel wingReviewed in the United States on July 21, 2021
3.0 out of 5 stars
Tom Cruise is like Sherlock Holmes if he was a Navy SEAL
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Tom Cruise plays Jack Reacher a man of mystery. He was a highly decorated soldier but there’s nothing else people really know about him. A sniper Joseph Sikora randomly kills people and asks for Cruise who investigated him before. The film is part investigation (Cruise looks into the shooting), part action (Cruise beats some people up and gets into chases), part thriller (Why would Sikora ask for Cruise?). Cruise is like Sherlock Holmes if he was a Navy SEAL. He can break down clues as well as beat up five guys at once. It makes what would otherwise be a rather routine story more interesting. The real question is how did they get famed German film maker Werner Herzog to appear????
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David LindsayReviewed in the United States on February 14, 2017
5.0 out of 5 stars
Excellent action film
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Entertaining murder mystery. Jack Reacher is the type of character who only exists in Hollywood movies. He's a retired army major who happens to be a brilliant investigator. He is a West Point graduate and a war hero. He is a crack shot with superhuman fighting skills. He is also a man of honor who believes in Old Testament vengeance. He travels the country by Greyhound bus and stays in cheap hotels.

Reacher is asked to investigate a mass shooting. The accused is a former army sniper that Reacher knew in Iraq. He discovers more than he bargained for. Tom Cruise is very good and likable as Reacher. It is a crime film with plenty of action. The rest of the cast is excellent.
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Poppy MarleyReviewed in the United States on January 11, 2017
5.0 out of 5 stars
Entertaining and Thrilling Movie
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I first attempted to watch this movie when it came out as a rental several years ago. The mistake I made was trying to watch it on a night I was exhausted and quickly fell asleep. Naturally, I associated the movie with boring, since I fell asleep. Years later when another Jack Reacher movie was being released, I decided to watch the 1st again, so as not to be lost in stories/plot lines of the second movie.

I was amazed! This was not the boring movie I remembered it to me. It's a great action movie that keeps you entertained, although, I found the ending fairly predictable, but I find that to be the case with most movies. Tom Cruise, while getting older, still manages to keep you entertained through the action packed sequences throughout the movie.
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Little TexReviewed in the United States on October 30, 2019
5.0 out of 5 stars
Top actors acting.
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Super good movie! You get this one and the other Tom Cruise movie of Jack Reacher. Both are superb. Tom is a very good or is it an excellent Jack Reacher. I pictured Jack as more rugged looking individual with a square jaw and huge fists, but Tom does a really good job of it and is as tough as nails, Doesn't take any crap off anybody no matter what their size. If you haven't read all of Lee Child's books about Jack Reacher's adventures, I suggest you begin right away. Amazon has them all. At decent prices, too.
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ChrisReviewed in the United States on August 26, 2014
5.0 out of 5 stars
Good dispite its movie required edits
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I have read the stories, though not until seeing this movie, and I understand the issue some have with the casting. I liked the character and I thought Tom did a good if not great job of portraying the essence that is Jack. He was calm, confident and everything that you like about Mr. Reacher. The changes to the story were good and not to drastic and the other characters were cast as good as any I might have expected, I honestly liked the range master/old guy at the end of the book better in his movie version than his book version. I'd watch this again and picked it up since I'd like to have this as part of my bit to large collection.

The story is an entertaining one and if you like procedural cop type mysteries then you are likely to like this character. If you have read all the books though and are expecting the scared monster that Jack is portrayed as you will be let down or if you are book purest that needs the movie to look and feel like the image in your head, again you will be let down.
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Jeffrey SReviewed in the United States on October 25, 2018
5.0 out of 5 stars
Edge of the Seat Action and Suspense!
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We are both fans of Tom Clancy's books and were excited to see this original series by Amazon. The series well lives up to Clancy's reputation for a great storyline and enough action to keep you in suspense every minute of each episode.
Without spoiling the plot, I'll just say that Jack Reacher is an analyst for the government monitoring financial transactions around the world. He becomes embroiled in plots that he couldn't have begun to imagine.
The characters are well developed and the storyline flows flawlessly. We were left at the end of every episode anxious for the next one to start.
The actors are excellent as well. They play their parts so well that you absolutely love or hate them depending on the individual character. We firmly believe that this series will be nominated for an Emmy Award and possibly receive one. Surely hope that it continues for several seasons! Be sure to watch this one. You won't be disappointed.
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