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Christopher McQuarrie
Tom Cruise, Rosamund Pike, Richard Jenkins, David Oyelowo
Writing Credits:
Christopher McQuarrie

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

Box Office:
$60 million.
Opening Weekend
$15.600 million on 3352 screens.
Domestic Gross
$80.033 million.

Rated PG-13

Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
English DTS-HD MA 7.1
English Audio Description
Spanish Dolby 5.1
Latin Spanish Dolby 5.1
French Dolby 5.1
German Dolby 5.1
Italian Dolby 5.1
Japanese Dolby 5.1
Brazilian Portuguese Dolby 1.0
Latin Spanish
Brazilian Portuguese
Supplements Subtitles:

Runtime: 130 min.
Price: $31.99
Release Date: 6/26/2018

• Audio Commentary with Screenwriter/Director Chris McQuarrie and Actor Tom Cruise
• Audio Commentary with Composer Joe Kraemer
• “When the Man Comes Around” Featurette
• “You Do Not Mess With Jack Reacher” Featurette
• “The Reacher Phenomenon” Featurette
• Blu-ray Copy


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Jack Reacher [4K UHD] (2012)

Reviewed by Colin Jacobson (June 27, 2018)

An adaptation of the Lee Child novels, 2012’s Jack Reacher quickly takes us into violent action. After a shooter murders five civilians in Pittsburgh, police quickly pin the crime on James Barr (Joseph Sikora), a former military sniper. Barr does little to protest this and makes one simple written request: “Get Jack Reacher”.

As it happens, Reacher (Cruise) sees a news report and heads to Pittsburgh before anyone finds him. Along with defense attorney Helen Rodin (Rosamund Pike), Reacher investigates the crime and Barr’s potential place in it, all of which opens up a dangerous conspiracy.

Confession: I never read any of the Reacher novels. Heck, I’d never even heard of Lee Child’s Reacher franchise until this movie arrived. (I read non-fiction primarily, so I’m out of touch with popular novels.)

Fans of the Reacher series reacted poorly to Cruise’s casting as the lead. Indeed, you might have to go back to 1994 and Cruise’s presence in Interview with the Vampire to find similar outrage over his choice as an actor.

And based on the novels, I find it hard to fault fan outrage here. As described by Child, Reacher is supposed to be six-foot-five, close to 250 pounds of muscle, and blond. Cruise is in great shape, but otherwise he doesn’t remotely compare to the character’s physical attributes.

Should this apparent miscasting disqualify the movie from consideration as a piece of entertainment? I don’t think so.

Films don’t have to be literal interpretations of the printed page. I think as long as they bear a decent resemblance to the source and work in their own right, they achieve their goals.

In that regard, I view Reacher as a success. Is it a great film? No, and it comes with flaws beyond the supposed miscasting of Cruise.

Pacing turns into an issue, for one. I think the movie’s first half works quite well, as it draws us into the mystery and spells out its characters in an intriguing manner.

Unfortunately, Reacher becomes less satisfying in its second half – not unsatisfying, mind you, just less. The movie tends to seem less inventive/clever and more predictable as it goes. While it still keeps us with it, Reacher loses some steam.

I also don’t care for the fact that Reacher immediately lets us know that Barr didn’t commit the crime. We see the sniper as he shoots, and we soon meet Barr, so clearly they aren’t the same guy. Still, even with these issues, Reacher works pretty well. It comes with a solid cast, as in addition to Cruise and Pike, we find talents like David Oyewolo, Richard Jenkins and Robert Duvall. Heck, even noted director Werner Herzog turns up in a small but crucial part. All do fine and add credibility to the project.

As for Cruise himself, I think he acquits himself well as the lead. While I realize he may not resemble the printed page’s Reacher, he fits the movie and creates a convincing personality. Economical with words and reluctant to get in a fight, Cruise’s Reacher is a believable protagonist.

At no point does Reacher turn into a great film, but it does more than enough to enter “pretty good” territory. It might sag on occasion but it still entertains during most of its running time to become a satisfying combination of action and mystery.

The Disc Grades: Picture A-/ Audio B+/ Bonus B

Jack Reacher appears in an aspect ratio of approximately 2.40:1 on this 4K UHD Disc. As expected from a recent major motion picture, the image of Reacher satisfied.

Sharpness worked well, as virtually no softness materialized here. At all times, the movie remained tight and concise. I saw no signs of jaggies or moiré effects, and the film lacked edge haloes or print flaws.

If you suspected Reacher would come with the modern standard teal and orange palette, you’ll get what you expected, though not to an extreme. While the flick went with those overtones, they didn’t overwhelm; indeed, the orange bordered on amber. I’d like to see action flicks dispense with those conceits, but given their restraints, they looked fine here.

Blacks came across nicely. Dark tones were deep and rich, without any muddiness or problems. In addition, low-light shots gave us smooth, clear visuals. All in all, this became a pleasing presentation.

I also felt happy with the solid DTS-HD MA 7.1 soundtrack of Reacher. Despite the movie’s billing as an action movie, it didn’t come with a ton of chances for auditory theatrics. The sniper sequence at the start used the speakers to recreate the setting, and a climactic battle also opened up the environment in a dynamic way.

A few other scenes kicked into higher gear, too, but much of the film stayed fairly atmospheric. That was fine, as we got good stereo music and a nice sense of place. The various elements combined in a compelling manner to form a strong soundscape.

Audio quality was also positive. Music sounded lively and full, while effects delivered accurate material. Those elements showed nice clarity and kick, with tight low-end.

Speech was always distinctive and concise, too. This mix worked well for the film.

How did the 4K UHD compare to the original Blu-ray? Audio remained identical, as both discs sported the same 7.1 soundtracks.

Finished in 2K, the 4K UHD’s main visual boost came from the HDR colors, as those showed a bit more vivacity. Otherwise, the 2K source held back improvements. The format meant the 4K UHD looked a bit tighter and better resolved than the Blu-ray, but don’t expect a major jump in quality.

On the 4K UHD itself, we find two separate audio commentaries. For the first, we hear from screenriter/director Chris McQuarrie and actor Tom Cruise, both of whom sit together for this running, screen-specific piece. They discuss the source novel and its adaptation, other story/character topics, cast and performances, sets and locations, stunts and action, cinematography, music and editing.

Despite occasional “lovefest moments”, the commentary covers the film well. McQuarrie does most of the heavy lifting and gives us a nice overview of various decisions, and Cruise throws in his perspective in a positive manner. Though not quite a great track, this becomes a useful discussion.

For the second track, we get a running, screen-specific piece with composer Joe Kraemer. This mixes Kraemer's commentary with isolated score; though he occasionally speaks over the music, it usually stands on its own.

We still get plenty of discussion, though, as Kraemer talks about his work as well as influences and collaborating with McQuarrie. Kraemer delivers a lot of insights into the scoring process and makes this a valuable piece.

The remaining extras appear on the Blu-ray copy, and three featurettes ensue. When the Man Comes Around goes for 26 minutes, 49 seconds and delivers notes from Cruise, McQuarrie, producer Don Granger, author Lee Child, and actors Rosamund Pike, Richard Jenkins, David Oyelowo, Werner Herzog, and Robert Duvall.

We get details about the novel’s path to the screen and its adaptation, casting, characters and performances, screenplay/story elements, sets, and a few other topics, “Comes” covers good ground in an engaging way. I’m especially happy to hear the participants address the controversies related to Cruise’s casting.

You Do Not Mess With Jack Reacher: Combat and Weapons fills 10 minutes, 27 seconds with info from Granger, McQuarrie, Cruise, 2nd unit director/stunt coordinator Paul Jennings and assistant stunt coordinator Robert Alonzo.

As expected, this one looks at stunts, action and related elements. Like “Comes”, it goes through its issues in a tight enough manner and gives us some useful details.

Finally, the 11-minute, 10-second The Reacher Phenomenon features Child on his own. The author discusses his lead character, aspects of the novels and connected subjects. Child provides an engaging presence as he delivers a positive overview of his creation.

While it may have disappointed fans of the book series, I thought Jack Reacher provided a mostly satisfying action thriller. Despite a few sags, it still entertained and created an involving tale. The 4K UHD boasts excellent picture and audio along with a nice little set of supplements. If you can get past quibbles with the casting, Jack Reacher becomes an enjoyable effort.

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