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Jack Reacher

- The law has limits. He does not.
Jack Reacher
Jack Reacher Rating: 64 out of 100 based on 45 reviews.

In Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, a man drives a van up floors of a parking garage across the Allegheny River from the PNC Park stadium and, after paying for parking, readies a sniper rifle in the open, away from his vehicle. He takes aim and appears to randomly kill five people around the stadium and on the river’s North Shore Trail before hurriedly fleeing in his van.

The police soon arrive, headed by Detective Emerson, and they discover a shell casing as well as the coin used to pay for parking and a fingerprint taken from the coin points to James Barr, a former army sharpshooter. When they raid his house, they find equipment for making bullets, the rifle in question and Barr himself and they arrest him.

During interrogation, Barr asks Emerson and the District Attorney, Alex Rodin to get Jack Reacher, a drifter and former Army Military Police officer, who arrives just as Rodin and Emerson are reviewing his file.

Emerson and Robin deny Reacher’s request to view the evidence, but agree to let him see Barr, who was brutally attacked by fellow inmates while being transported and was now in a coma. While there, he meets Barr’s defense attorney, counsellor Helen Rodin, the DA’s daughter, who is trying to save Barr from the death penalty.

Helen says she can arrange for Reacher to see the evidence if he will become her lead investigator. Reacher retorts that he’s not interested in clearing Barr, but wants to “bury” him, then reveals some classified information: previously, Barr had gone on a killing spree in during his tour in Iraq, but got off on a technicality. Reacher then vowed that if Barr tried anything like this again, he would take him down.

Reacher agrees to investigate but gets Helen to visit the victims’ families and find out more about the people murdered that day. While she is doing this, he goes to the parking building at exactly the same time as the shooting and finds inconsistencies with this location, thinking the killings would be easier and cleaner if done from the cover of the van on the nearby Fort Duquesne Bridge and when Helen reports her findings about the victims to him, he makes some theories of his own, suggesting that not all the victims were random.

After a seemingly random bar fight, Reacher realizes that someone is attempting to strong-arm him into dropping his investigation, but this only fuels him and, further probing provides a lead – a shooting range in the neighboring state of Ohio, owned by former USMC Gunnery Sergeant Cash, who will only talk if Reacher proves his sniping skills, which he does.

Reacher gets closer to the unseen enemy pulling the strings, leading him to the real perpetrators, a Russian gang masquerading as legitimate businessmen. The gang's elderly capo spent much of his life in one of the infamous Soviet Gulags and is known only as the Zec (prisoner). Reacher outwits the mob guards in the Russian gang's hideout, killing them with Cash's help, before confronting the Zec and forcing him to come clean on the conspiracy and soon killing him as the police would believe his word over Reacher's.

Jack and Cash flee the scene, making Jack a wanted man, but with confidence that Helen will clear his name. Helen confronts a now awakened Barr, who informs her that Reacher is a man to fear. Jack is then shown headed to the back of a bus to deal with a man abusing his girlfriend.

Production
Director:Christopher McQuarrie
Producer:Tom Cruise (producer)
David Ellison (executive producer)
Dana Goldberg (executive producer)
Don Granger (producer)
Cliff Lanning (associate producer)
Gary Levinsohn (producer)
Kevin J. Messick (executive producer)
Paula Wagner (producer)
Jake Myers (executive producer)
Paul Schwake (executive producer)
Ken Kamins (executive producer)
Writer:Lee Child (based on the book "One Shot" by)
Christopher McQuarrie (screenplay by)
Reviews for Jack Reacher
Fresno Bee
Tom Cruise has found in his latest movie, "Jack Reacher," a fast-moving and interesting action role that could replace his "Mission: Impossible" days, should it become a film franchise.
Read review20 Dec 2012
RedEye
Before learning about the tragedy in Newtown, Conn., I already was disturbed by a scene of “Jack Reacher” in which a sniper sets up five seemingly random people in his sights before killing them. The world only grows more terrifying.
Read review20 Dec 2012
Aisle Seat
Jack Reacher opens with a deeply chilling sequence. A sniper goes to an abandoned part of a Pittsburgh parking garage and sets up his rifle. In a long, unbroken shot, we look through his scope as he assesses which of the innocent bystanders across...
Mark Reviews Movies
Jack Reacher is one of those characters. You know the type—the one that every character in the movie continually asks about even after they have met him. He's "a ghost," with no phone number, credit card, email address, or anything that would allow...
Read review20 Dec 2012
stltoday.com
Whatever you think of Tom Cruise, you know he’s not 6-feet-5 and well over 200 pounds, which is the way author Lee Child describes hiscrime-solving, justice-dispensing, ex-military policeman Jack Reacher.
Read review20 Dec 2012
Articles
Jack Reacher has released a pair of new TV spots, in which Tom Cruise shows off his badass side, and Werner Herzog proves he’s a villain to be reckoned with.
George Wales(totalfilm.com) - 2012-11-20
Jack Reacher, the eagerly-awaited action thriller starring Tom Cruise as Lee Child’s indomitable tough guy, has unveiled a new poster, and you can get an exclusive first look right here.
Matt Maytum(totalfilm.com) - 2012-10-17
Reviews for Jack Reacher
Fresno Bee
Tom Cruise has found in his latest movie, "Jack Reacher," a fast-moving and interesting action role that could replace his "Mission: Impossible" days, should it become a film franchise.
Read review20 Dec 2012
RedEye
Before learning about the tragedy in Newtown, Conn., I already was disturbed by a scene of “Jack Reacher” in which a sniper sets up five seemingly random people in his sights before killing them. The world only grows more terrifying.
Read review20 Dec 2012
Aisle Seat
Jack Reacher opens with a deeply chilling sequence. A sniper goes to an abandoned part of a Pittsburgh parking garage and sets up his rifle. In a long, unbroken shot, we look through his scope as he assesses which of the innocent bystanders across...
Mark Reviews Movies
Jack Reacher is one of those characters. You know the type—the one that every character in the movie continually asks about even after they have met him. He's "a ghost," with no phone number, credit card, email address, or anything that would allow...
Read review20 Dec 2012
stltoday.com
Whatever you think of Tom Cruise, you know he’s not 6-feet-5 and well over 200 pounds, which is the way author Lee Child describes hiscrime-solving, justice-dispensing, ex-military policeman Jack Reacher.
Read review20 Dec 2012
Houston Press
I'm a fan of Lee Child's Jack Reacher books and have read about half of them (there are 17 total). And I admit, when it was announced they'd cast 5' 7" Tom Cruise to play the 6' 5", 250 pound character, why reaction was not fit for printing on a...
Read review21 Dec 2012
Christian Science Monitor
The Lee Child pulp thriller “One Shot” is the occasion for a possible franchise in “Jack Reacher,” starring Tom Cruise as the eponymous tough guy who drifts into crime scenes out of nowhere and clears up the mess.
Read review21 Dec 2012
The Film Yap
From what I understand, “Jack Reacher” is based on a series of books by Lee Child about a wandering ex-military badass who roams the countryside meting out justice with only the clothes on his back and a toothbrush to his name.
Read review20 Dec 2012
News Blaze
The revelations in the news lately about recruits with homicidal mental or political tendencies signing up for the US military to satisfy their urges legally, is a pathological equation that does factor into Christopher McQuarrie's Jack Reacher.
Read review31 Dec 2012
filmjabber
Jack Reacher is an outstanding movie. It may be my favorite movie of the year. Yup, I said it.
Hudak on Hollywood
Timing, sometimes, is everything. “Jack Reacher,” taken without social conscience, is a good movie. But we do not live in a world in which movies are divorced from society (they’re inextricably linked, in fact).
HollywoodChicago.com
While normally I’d never think the date I screened a film was newsworthy, being subjected to “Jack Reacher” on Dec. 13, 2012 turned out to put even a therapist into therapy. The very next day, well, just two words: Sandy Hook.
Read review21 Dec 2012
Slant Magazine
As Jack Reacher begins, a meticulous assassin (Jai Courtney) is preparing his weapons for the massacre that becomes the film's central event. The cold thud and clank of mechanisms, from a lever pumping to the cocking of a rifle, is what's heard...
Read review20 Dec 2012
Eric D. Snider
I understand why fans of Lee Child’s series of Jack Reacher novels would be upset by the casting of Tom Cruise in the lead role. Jack Reacher is supposed to be a tall, blond, muscle-bound, physically powerful brute of a man, and Cruise isn’t any of...
iHaveNet.com
Considered outside the context of the bloody December so far, "Jack Reacher" does its work sleekly and well. Writer-director Christopher McQuarrie filmed the adaptation of the Lee Child book "One Shot" (one of many Reacher adventures) in Pittsburgh...
NorthShoreMovies.net
JACK REACHER is a smart, action-packed adaptation of one of the novels in a series of thrillers by Lee Child. In spite of the fact that Tom Cruise looks nothing at all like the character in the books, Child must approve as he took a cameo as a desk...
Read review21 Dec 2012
New York Post
Tom Cruise will never be John Wayne or Clint Eastwood, not without shin implants, but anyone who doubts he can be a heartless little bastard need only speak to Brooke Shields. Cruise’s Jack Reacher is a loner who doesn’t smile, charm, love the ladies...
Read review20 Dec 2012
The Charlotte Observer
Whatever you think of Tom Cruise, you know he’s not 6-foot-5 and well over 200 pounds, which is the way author Lee Child describes his crime-solving/justice-dispensing ex-military policeman, Jack Reacher.
Read review20 Dec 2012
Fan The Fire
Jack Reacher is tough guy, a loner, and according to Lee Child’s original novels, 6′ 5” and built like a WWE wrestler. Enter Tom Cruise, arguably the only actor in Hollywood standing 5’ 7” with the tenacity, skill and screen presence to transcend the...
Read review19 Dec 2012
Movie Web
Tom Cruise returns to theaters this Christmas in Jack Reacher, a crisp actioner from writer/director Christopher McQuarrie. The film is based on a popular series of books by writer Lee Child. A former army sniper, James Barr (Joseph Sikura)...
Read review18 Dec 2012
The A.V. Club
Jack Reacher is the embodiment of a certain kind of narrow alpha fantasy. He is the best at all the things: the smartest detective, the best driver, the greatest fighter. In the army, he earned all the medals, including one obscure enough that the...
Read review20 Dec 2012
Entertainment Weekly
In the popular Lee Child thrillers from which Jack Reacher has been fashioned, the title character's physical dimensions are integral to his mysterious-loner-silent-drifter-violent-hero stature: He's 6' 5'', brawny, and blond. So Tom Cruise, who...
Read review13 Dec 2012
Quickflix
Jack Reacher is trash, but since when is that a bad thing? Christopher McQuarrie‘s adaptation of Lee Child’s One Shot follows in the footsteps of those convoluted John Grisham and Dan Brown books that are easy to digest and only seem smart if you don’t...
Read review18 Dec 2012
Boston Phoenix
"Who is Jack Reacher?" That question gets asked a lot in this flaccid thriller adapted by Christopher McQuarrie from Lee Child's series of novels. Basically he's Tom Cruise being a tough guy, someone every dame from the old lady at the bus...
Read review27 Dec 2012
MovieXclusive.com
The idea that Jack Reacher attended the same detective school as Sherlock Holmes is hard to shake. Both have the near mystical ability to replay terrifyingly accurate flashbacks of a crime, an impressive tendency to uncover clues that everyone else...
The Sydney Morning Herald
In his new two-fisted film, Jack Reacher, Tom Cruise plays a righteous American fantasy: a military veteran turned loner of unimpeachable moral virtue who really knows how to hurt people. Jack Reacher always does the right thing, even when it includes...
Read review30 Dec 2012
The Telegraph
"He’s a ghost,” the other characters in Jack Reacher say of its tough-as-nails hero, a former military cop who went “off grid” years before, and, like Macavity the Mystery Cat, only turns up when you least expect him.
Read review31 Dec 2012
canada.com
The first thing about Jack Reacher is his size. In a series of adventure novels by Lee Childs, Reacher — a former soldier who now drifts through America, righting wrongs and rearranging jaws — is 6-foot-5 and weighs 250 pounds.
Read review20 Dec 2012
Shadows on the Wall
Jack Reacher The action hero from Lee Child's novels transitions to the big screen in a figurative rather than literal way. In the books, he's a 6-foot-5 blond-haired, blue-eyed muscle-man, which doesn't exactly bring Tom Cruise to mind.
Read review28 Dec 2012
NowRunning.com
Though the timing of the release of "Jack Reacher" is a bit skewed this Christmas season, this mystery thriller is surprisingly a decent whodunit with a moral code.
Read review28 Dec 2012
Digital Spy
As producer, Tom Cruise casts himself as Jack Reacher, the hero of Lee Child's successful series of crime novels, and for this he's taken criticism for not being big enough or blond enough. But the lack of those physical attributes doesn't undermine...
Read review21 Dec 2012
TotalFilm.com
The moment Tom Cruise strides into Jack Reacher, smouldering like an active volcano, that ‘click’ can be heard loud and clear.
Read review10 Dec 2012
MediaMikes
I apologize in advance if these first paragraphs seem “preachy.” But I feel strong enough about what I’m going to write that I must include it. Sometimes things in life tragically coincide with things in Hollywood, with Hollywood always getting the...
Read review21 Dec 2012
Sacramento News & Review
An ex-military cop (Tom Cruise) pops in to investigate the case against a killer sniper and finds things are not quite as open-and-shut as they seem. Lee Child's series of novels (in this case, One Shot) makes a surprisingly good fit for Cruise, even...
Read review3 Jan 2013
Advocate (Baton Rouge, LA)
The idea of watching a movie in which a sniper methodically crafts his own bullets, practices weekly at a gun range, then waits quietly in an empty parking garage before shooting five people dead may not sound like the most appealing form of...
Read review4 Jan 2013
ComingSoon.net
The idea of adapting a novel of any kind can be a daunting process, but especially when the novel's been read by so many people who already have a good idea how things should play out. Jonathan Demme faced that challenge with...
EFilmCritic.com
In 2008 Christopher McQuarrie (in the capacity of writer) teamed-up with Tom Cruise on “Valkyrie”, a simmering tale of intrigue and suspense that wrought tension out of the well documented failed attempt to assassinate Adolf Hitler.
Read review31 Dec 2012
NOLA.com
The idea of watching a movie in which a sniper methodically crafts his own bullets, practices weekly at a gun range, then waits quietly in an empty parking garage before shooting five people dead may not sound like the most appealing form of...
Read review21 Dec 2012
CinemaBlend.com
Tom Cruise is a giant movie star, and will be forever. It's set in his DNA now, in that sharp profile and tense posture; like any good star Cruise is an idea more than a man, an icon of odd American maleness that can outlast Rock of Ages or PR disasters.
Flicks.co.nz
A very welcome air of old school action morality infuses this lean and mean thriller adapted from Lee Child's series of novels about an ex-military drifter.
Express.co.uk
There’s no doubt that Cruise is miscast and it’s not just a question of stature – he’s too clean cut, too smarmy to play the grizzled man mountain – but his charisma and trademark intensity are just about enough.
Read review20 Dec 2012
Empire
Christopher McQuarrie and Tom Cruise deliver on their promise, with a witty, violent take on Reacher that makes up for its lack of height with an abundance of smarts and thrills.
The Guardian UK
There is a rich and varied tradition of great directors taking cameos in other people's films. Fritz Lang appeared in Jean-Luc Godard's Le Mépris. François Truffaut appeared in Steven Spielberg's Close Encounters of the Third Kind.
Read review20 Dec 2012
Time Out London
Maybe it’s all the couch-jumping and tabloid weirdness, or maybe it’s his outrageous appearances in ‘Tropic Thunder’ and ‘Rock of Ages’, but it’s becoming difficult to take Tom Cruise seriously. Which is fine when he’s keeping it fairly light.
Kc
Jack Reacher ภาพยนตร์แอ็คชั่นสืบสวนที่สร้างจากนิยายแฟรนไชส์ปี 2005 โดยภาคแรกฉบับหนังสือชื่อ One Shot ของผู้เขียนนามปากกาว่า Lee Child หรือชื่อจริงคือ Jim Grant ส่วนตัวแล้วไม่เคยอ่านฉบับนิยาย แต่ดูจากแรงความนิยมในตัวละครแล้ว ก็เกิดสนใจฉบับหนังขึ้นมา...
Read review24 Dec 2012
Cast
Tom Cruise...Reacher
Rosamund Pike...Helen
Richard Jenkins...Rodin
David Oyelowo...Emerson
Werner Herzog...The Zec
Jai Courtney...Charlie
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...Punk
Kristen Dalton...Mindy
Nicole Forester...Nancy Holt
Scott A. Martin...Wesley (as Scott Martin)
Julia Yorks...Chrissie Farrior
Sara Lindsey...Woman on Bus
Joe Coyle...Darren Sawyer
Jace Jeanes...Zec's Thug
Annie Kitral...Pawn Shop Cashier
Peter Gannon...Mr. Archer
Teri Clark...Night Manager (as Teri Clark Linden)
Susan Angelo...Oline Archer
Jarid Faubel...Man on Bus
Alicia Murton...Mrs. Sawyer
David Whalen...Mr. Holt
Lissy Gulick...Diner Waitress
Delilah Picart...Rita Coronado
CJ Ramirez...Secretary
Efka Kvaraciejus...Zec's Thug
Tommy Lafitte...Man with Ballcap
Jordan Trovillion...Goodwill Cashier
Catherine L. Albers...Jeb's Mom (as Catherine Albers)
Larissa S. Emanuele...Sportsbar Waitress (as Larissa Emanuele)
Joshua Elijah Reese...SWAT Guy
Nathan Hollabaugh...Cop
Tristan Elma...Marcos Coronado
Sophie Guest...Little Girl
Michael Minor...Eyewitness
Christopher Stadulis...Cop
Shane Callahan...SWAT Guy
Jason McCune...Construction Foreman
Andrei Runtso...Zec's Thug
Lee Child...Desk Sergeant
Tammy Felice...Anne Yanni (uncredited)
Lonell R. Childred...News10 Reporter (uncredited)
Alexander Rhodes...Suspicious Onlooker (uncredited)
Ron Pucillo...Detective (uncredited)
Joe Pawlenko...Refugee (uncredited)
Amy Morse...Bitter Woman (uncredited)
J Bizel...Matt (uncredited)
Vito Grassi...Riverwalk Civilian (uncredited)
Wayne Leya...Bus Passenger (uncredited)
Dave Petti...Janitor (uncredited)
Scott Lockhart...Police Officer (uncredited)
Tiffany Bell...Cyclist (uncredited)
Tony Amen...Passenger on Bus (uncredited)
Susan Feldbusch...Office Worker (uncredited)
John W. Iwanonkiw...Pittsburgh Police Officer (uncredited)
Joanne Jeffers...Woman on Walkway / Onlooker (uncredited)
Al Kandrak...Bus Passenger (uncredited)
William Kania...Crime Scene Pedestrian (uncredited)
Tiffany Kemp...Crime Scene Pedestrian (uncredited)
Sharyn Kmieciak...Woman on Walkway / Onlooker (uncredited)
Robert Liscio...Man in Bar (uncredited)
David Dale McCue...Pittsburgh SWAT Officer (uncredited)
Kyle McGrath...Man on Bus (uncredited)
Tiffany Sander McKenzie...Riverwalk Civilian (uncredited)
Jeremy Moon...Thug (uncredited)
Phil Nardozzi...On Looker (uncredited)
Jackson Nunn...Passenger / Bar Guy (uncredited)
Brent Reichert...Doctor (uncredited)
James Werley...Diner Patron (uncredited)
Nickolas Wiegand...Passenger (uncredited)
Ryan C. Bogdewic...News Crewman (uncredited)
Tyler Courtad...Bartender (uncredited)
Molly Miller...Lawyer (uncredited)
Diedra Arthur-O'Ree...Police Officer (uncredited)
Jim Fitzgerald...Pittsburgh Police Officer (uncredited)
Laurie Mann...Knitting Lady on Bus (uncredited)
Edward Pfeifer...Crime Scene Crowd (uncredited)
Frank McAleavey...Medical Examiner (uncredited)
Todd Bobenrieth...Traveller (uncredited)
Paul Nandzik...Pedestrian (uncredited)
Wesley Ray...Bar Patron (uncredited)
Mike Stern...Jewelry Clerk (uncredited)
Michael Anthony Miller...Medic (uncredited)
Frankie Palombi...Paramedic (uncredited)
Mike Walker...Pittsburgh Police Officer (uncredited)
Mark Falvo...Journalist / By-Stander (uncredited)
Jeremy Long...Man at Bus Station (uncredited)
F. Robert McMurray...Onlooker (uncredited)
Production
Director:Christopher McQuarrie
Producer:Tom Cruise (producer)
David Ellison (executive producer)
Dana Goldberg (executive producer)
Don Granger (producer)
Cliff Lanning (associate producer)
Gary Levinsohn (producer)
Kevin J. Messick (executive producer)
Paula Wagner (producer)
Jake Myers (executive producer)
Paul Schwake (executive producer)
Ken Kamins (executive producer)
Writer:Lee Child (based on the book "One Shot" by)
Christopher McQuarrie (screenplay by)
Composer:Joe Kraemer
Cinematographer:Caleb Deschanel (director of photography)
Editing:Kevin Stitt
Casting:Mindy Marin
Production Design:James D. Bissell
Art Director:Gregory A. Weimerskirch
Christa Munro (supervising art director)
Set Decorator:Douglas A. Mowat
Costume Design:Susan Matheson
Makeup:Kristyan Mallett (prosthetics supplier: Mr. Cruise (uncredited)
Doug Fairall (key makeup artist: second unit)
Christopher Fulton (key hair stylist: second unit)
Connie Grayson Criswell (contact lens technician (uncredited)
Nancy Keslar (key hair stylist)
Amanda Miller (wig maker (uncredited)
Sarah Monzani (makeup artist: Mr. Cruise)
Trefor Proud (makeup department head)
Marianne Skiba (key makeup artist)
Michael White (hair stylist: Mr. Cruise)
Angel De Angelis (hair department head)
Production Management:Dana Robin (unit production manager)
Andrew Saxe (unit production manager: second unit)
Susan E. Novick (post-production supervisor)
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