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Jack Reacher

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Jack Reacher

Christopher McQuarrie (2012)

130min
15 Certificate
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Our Score
This brash action yarn finds military cop-gone-maverick Jack Reacher (Tom Cruise) teaming up with a hotshot lawyer (Rosamund Pike) after a sniper guns down five random victims. The police are convinced they have the culprit in custody, but Reacher suspects a cover-up and leaves a trail of destruction in his wake trying to get to the truth. Writer/director Christopher McQuarrie (whose screenplay for The Usual Suspects won him an Oscar) piles on the shoot-'em-up clichés and corny dialogue, which might incur the wrath of fans of source writer Lee Child's darker, more menacing Reacher novels. Cruise's steely-eyed and straight-faced portrayal of the hero borders on self-parody, and there's more than a hint of panto villain about Werner Herzog's shady Russian crime lord, resulting in a workmanlike caper that makes for an underwhelming start to a potential franchise.

Summary

A former army sniper is arrested following a random shooting that leaves five people dead, but protests his innocence. An elusive former military police investigator is called in to examine the case, and becomes convinced a conspiracy is at work. Action thriller based on Lee Child's series of novels, starring Tom Cruise, Rosamund Pike, Werner Herzog and Robert Duvall.

Cast & Crew

Jack Reacher Tom Cruise
Helen Rodin Rosamund Pike
Alex Rodin Richard Jenkins
Detective Emerson David Oyelowo
The Zec Werner Herzog
Charlie Jai Courtney
James Barr Joseph Sikora
Linsky Michael Raymond-James
Cash Robert Duvall
Director Christopher McQuarrie
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Other Information

Language: English Colour Theatrical distributor: Paramount Guidance: Violence, swearing. Available on: Available on DVD and BluRay Released on: 21 Dec 2012

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