After a sniper shoots down several people out of a parking garage, the police starts a manhunt that quickly ends up with a suspect being taken into custody: a former military who’s known for having a history of mental issues. However, when the man gets questioned he doesn’t say a thing but instead writes down three words on a note; “get Jack Reacher”.
The name doesn’t ring a bell to anyone but the news has spread on television and soon after Reacher, a former military investigator who secluded himself after his career in the army and now lives like a drifter with nothing to lose, arrivés at the district attorney who isn’t all too pleased with Reacher’s arrival. Helen, who takes on the defense, is interested in Reacher and hires him to investigate the event, an investigation that uncovers more than anyone could have ever expected…
Jack Reacher is a character from the books of Lee Child and with this movie the story “One Shot” was taken as basis, but with the necessary adjustments to makes things look more appealing on the big screen. At least, that was the idea.
I myself have never read any books of Lee Child, but the movie certainly won’t get me to do so. Tom Cruise does a decent job, but just like back in the day with The Firm (which I did read) Jack Reacher doesn’t really convince. The movie feels to last for hours, Rosamund Pike constantly looks as if she’s been doing nothing but crying, and compared to Reacher the bad guys seem to dumb to effectively have been able to come up with a plan that’s as ingenious as what the movie starts with.
Nonetheless we do get to see a movie where Cruise gets a shine as a drifer with nothing to lose, an investigator with nothing to hold him back. A Few Good Men but without the legal boundaries, so to speak. And that, combined with some lighter scenes, do make for an enjoyable action story that’s good enough to keep you watching the screen for two hours. Even if the movie isn’t really memorable.
Paramount delivers an amazing transfer that really has no negative points. No compression errors, good black levels, perfect contrast, rich colors, … you name it! The image quality is top and that also goes for the sound. Dialogues are Always crystal clear, the effects are nicely spread out over the different speakers, and the subwoofer also gets its piece of the action. What makes the sound get noticed most of all is the car chase between Reacher and the hostiles where the engine sounds nicely come to the front and the differences between the cars are brought forth even more. Subtile but o so effective!
Qua extras we get some audio commentaries, a 10 minute feature on why Jack Reach took an oldskool appreach for the action (a good decision btw!), a Making Of that lasts almost half an hour, and also Lee Child himself passes by in an 11 minute feature where he talks about his books.