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JACK REACHER

 
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At Theaters: 12/21/2012 On Video: 5/7/2013
Rated: PG-13 Length: 2 hr. 11 min.
Internet: Web Site Movie ID: 600028
Studio: Paramount Pictures Corp.
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When a gunman takes five lives with six shots, all evidence points to the suspect in custody. On interrogation, the suspect offers up a single note: "Get Jack Reacher!" So begins an extraordinary chase for the truth, pitting ex-military investigator Jack Reacher against an unexpected enemy, with a skill for violence and a secret to keep.
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Action Thriller - while this film does have some action sequences, especially in its final half hour, this Tom Cruise starrer is more of a dialogue- and general writing-driven mystery thriller. Cruise fans will enjoy this showcase for the star, whose role here is a bit edgier than usual. Robert Duvall has fairly minimal screen time. While the violence is largely light on blood, it is still fairly intense, and that plus language makes the film inappropriate for young children.
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Cast and Crew Heading
Tom Cruise MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE, ROCK OF AGES
Rosamund Pike DIE ANOTHER DAY, WRATH OF THE TITANS
Richard Jenkins KILLING THEM SOFTLY, STEP BROTHERS
Robert Duvall THE GODFATHER, DAYS OF THUNDER
Wri/Dir: Christopher McQuarrie THE WAY OF THE GUN
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Production Notes Heading
The Journey from Page to Screen
Cars and Fights in the City of Pittsburgh
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Content Heading
PROFANITY: 1 F-word, 7 S-words, 1 GD, a number of others.
SEX/NUDITY: None.
VIOLENCE: Fights and shootings with minimal blood.
DRUGS/ALCOHOL: Some alcohol.
ACTION: Fights, shootouts, a car chase.
COMEDY: Comic lines and banter, often dark.
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USA Today Full Review
Average Despite a terrific cast, Jack Reacher comes up empty-handed.

Washington Post Full Review
Below Average ...Tom Cruise takes on the iconic role of surly vigilante in 'Jack Reacher,' resulting in a mismatch of wincingly epic proportions.

NY Post Full Review
Good Tom Cruise is a hit in 'Jack Reacher.'

Note: The rating above is our interpretation of what the critic would give this movie based on their review. We are not affiliated with these critic's in any way.

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Opinion Heading

Based on an Exit Polling of 103 Moviegoers

Ages Age Group
How
Many
Your Probability of
Enjoying This Movie
*
Would
Recommend
Movie To Friends
1-12Children (M/F)
4
Very High
100%
13-19Teens (M)
11
Very High
100%
13-19Teens (F)
1
Fairly Low
100%
20-29Yg Adults (M)
4
High
100%
20-29Yg Adults (F)
4
About 50/50
75%
30+Adults (M)
41
High
100%
30+Adults (F)
38
High
92%
*Possible Ratings: Very High, High, Fairly High, About 50/50, Fairly Low, Low, Very Low.

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The following is the original "What's Worth Watching" write-up for this movie.

Moviegoer Opinions:

Based on a theater exit polling of 103 moviegoers:
CHILDREN:The children all loved "Jack Reacher."
TEENS:All the guys rated "Jack Reacher" extremely high. The lone female rated it average.
TWENTYSOMETHINGS:Two males loved it, one rated it above average and one only rated it as an average movie. One female loved it, one rated it above average and the other two rated it "Poor."
ADULTS:GREAT REVIEWS from both the males and females! Approximately half absolutely loved "Jack Reacher." Another quarter, or so, rated it above average, which indicates a movie they enjoyed very much. Just a few rated it as low as average. A couple of females rated it lower.


D ETAILED S TORYLINE

On a mundane morning in an average town, five people are randomly shot dead while going about their everyday lives. All of the evidence points to one man: A sharp-shooting assassin who also is ex-military, a trained sniper. He is swiftly apprehended and dragged into custody.

Despite a marathon interrogation, the prisoner offers up nothing except a cryptic demand he scribbles on a notepad in lieu of a confession: GET JACK REACHER.

Who is this Reacher? Not an easy question to answer -- in fact, it's hard to prove that he even exists. Little matter -- Jack Reacher is already on his way. Ex-Army, erstwhile military investigator, the enigmatic Reacher prefers to avoid the company of others - but he knows this shooter. A news report about the killings compels him to come out of the shadows and share with the authorities what he knows about this prisoner, which is plenty. Based on lurid past history, Reacher believes they've got the right man.

By the time Reacher arrives, the accused killer lies in a coma, thanks to a brutal beating during transfer, and his defense attorney is loaded with questions for Reacher: What is her client's history with Reacher, and why would he request help from a man who's convinced of his guilt? Despite some trepidation, she honors her client's request and hires Reacher to investigate. At first it seems the police have effectively and thoroughly examined the crime scene and, through their perfect detective work, captured the killer. But Reacher has a problem with perfection. Quick with a quip, easily self-sufficient and hyper-observant, he is attuned to tiny but specific false notes that escape others. The more he delves into the case, the less clear cut it proves to be.

So begins an extraordinary pursuit for the truth, where nothing is what it seems and friend and family may actually be foe. Tough and smart, with a disarming wit, no detail is too small for Reacher. Although he may be a loner who plays by his own rules, ultimately he is driven by a keen sense of justice. Reacher finds himself pitted against an unexpected and astute enemy, one with an enormous predilection for violence and a secret to keep, maybe one worth killing for. Reacher will have to use every ounce of cunning and strategy to anticipate and outwit his new adversary in order to protect the innocent and expose the truly guilty.

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