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4K UHD Review: Jack Reacher

June 26, 2018

By John Corrado

Paramount is continuing their recent trend of rereleasing their old catalogue titles on 4K Ultra HD this week, and the latest film to get an upgrade is writer-director Christopher McQuarrie’s 2012 crime thriller Jack Reacher.

Based on Lee Child’s 2005 novel One Shot, the film opens with a chilling, wordless sequence in which a sniper takes out five civilians in Pittsburgh, in a seemingly random mass shooting.  When former soldier James Barr (Joseph Sikora) is arrested for the crime, he scrawls a note requesting Jack Reacher (Tom Cruise), an ex-military officer who is brought in to investigate.

Working with Barr’s lawyer Helen Rodin (Rosamund Pike), whose father (Richard Jenkins) happens to be the district attorney, Reacher starts to reveal a much larger coverup that is increasingly at odds with the official investigation being led by Detective Emerson (David Oyelowo), putting his military training to good use and risking his own life in the process.

While the film is often more legal procedural than action movie, and it runs a little long at over two hours, Jack Reacher boasts a sharp screenplay and solid performances.  Tom Cruise delivers a typically charismatic performance in the leading role, showing off both his acting chops and his action movie credentials, and the film is further elevated by Caleb Deschanel’s excellent cinematography, giving it the look and feel of a ’70s crime thriller.  This is a decent film overall that is worth revisiting if you have a 4K system, and it’s also far superior to the mediocre and forgettable 2016 sequel Jack Reacher: Never Go Back, which had the law of diminishing returns firmly in place.

The 4K disc includes a pair of commentary tracks, the first one featuring Tom Cruise and Christopher McQuarrie, and the second with composer Joe Kramer.  The set also comes with a regular Blu-ray disc that also includes the two commentary tracks, along with three featurette.

Jack Reacher is a Paramunt Home Media Distribution release.  It’s 130 minutes and rated 14A.

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