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"Jack Reacher" (Blu-ray) - Reviewed by Jim Milton

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Synopsis

From The New York Times bestselling author Lee Child comes one of the most compelling heroes to step from novel to screen - ex-military investigator Jack Reacher (Cruise). When a sniper takes five lives with six shots, all evidence points to the suspect in custody. Upon interrogation, the suspect offers up a single note: “Get Jack Reacher!” So begins an extraordinary chase for the truth, pitting Reacher against an unexpected enemy, with a skill for violence, a secret to keep and a target on Reacher’s back.

Specifications

  • 2013, Rated PG-13, 1 hour 30 min
  • Paramount Pictures
  • AVC 1080p, 2.35:1
  • DTS-MA 7.1
  • Starring: Tom Cruise, Rosamund Pike, Richard Jenkins, David Oyelowo, Werner Herzog
  • Directed by: Christopher McQuarrie
Rating
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  • Violence: Yes
  • Sex: No
  • Language: Yes

Commentary

Is this the best Cruise action movie ever? I don’t know. I haven’t seen Oblivion yet. However, this movie is the best action movie I have seen in months and if you like Tom in general, you are going to love this film. The story is not as complicated as the M.I. series, so it is a bit more accessible. Fast paced with plenty of fist to the face, this film will make your home theater explode with plot twisting goodness. Seriously, I really enjoyed this movie and hope that a sequel is in the works...it’s that fun. The premise of a rogue sniper killing civilians is a bit disconcerting, especially in these times, but the plot quickly advances with some smart directing and a surprise end that really leaves the viewer satisfied. You owe it to yourself to "Get Jack Reacher".

Technical

The picture is fantastic, with solid colors, good contrasts and lots of detail. Even the dark scenes look great. The sound is exemplary with lots of action in the surrounds and sub. Wait till you hear the roar of the muscle car chase scene! This film is in 7.1, and it uses ALL of the channels. Is this a demo worthy flick? Oh yeah...

Extras

 Commentary by Tom Cruise and director Christopher McQuarrie, Commentary by composer Joe Kraemer, When the Man Comes Around You Do Not Mess with Jack Reacher: Combat & Weapons and The Reacher Phenomenon... all in HD!