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Jack Reacher

Tom Cruise is the title character, a reclusive former military officer who comes out of hiding to help investigate a mysterious mass shooting. Adapted from a series of paperback thrillers by UK writer Lee Childs, this never transcends its mass-market origins; writer-director Christopher McQuarrie (The Way of the Gun) fails to provide any interesting subtext to the generic plotting, and his attempts at Chandler-esque dialogue tend to fall flat. Still, this is brisk, attention-grabbing, and generally unpretentious—basically an old noir programmer inflated to blockbuster proportions. The impressive cast includes Robert Duvall, Richard Jenkins, David Oyelowo, and, in a fun bit of stunt casting, Werner Herzog as one of the villains.

Credits

Director:

  • Christopher McQuarrie

Cast:

  • Tom Cruise
  • Rosamund Pike
  • Robert Duvall
  • Richard Jenkins
  • Werner Herzog
  • David Oyelowo
  • Jai Courtney
  • Joseph Sikora
  • Michael Raymond-James
  • Alexia Fast
  • James Martin Kelly
  • Kristen Dalton
  • Nicole Forester
  • Joe Coyle
  • Scott Martin
  • Tammy Felice
  • Josh Helman

Producers:

  • Tom Cruise
  • Don Granger
  • Paula Wagner
  • Gary Levinsohn
  • Jake Myers
  • Kevin Messick
  • David Ellison
  • Dana Goldberg
  • Ken Kamins
  • Paul Schwake

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