December 27th, 2012, by Rob

Jack Reacher

Jack Reacher (previously titled One Shot) is a 2012 American crime film. It is a adaptation of Lee Child’s 2005 novel One Shot. Written and directed by Christopher McQuarrie, the film stars Tom Cruise as the title character. The film entered production in October 2011, and concluded in January 2012. It was filmed entirely on location in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Jack Reacher’s US premiere gala, scheduled for December 15, was delayed after a school shooting on December 14. The film was released in North America on December 21, with a United Kingdom release scheduled for December 26, 2012.




Movie2k Watch Movies – Jack Reacher – Plot

After a sniper kills five people in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, police arrest a man named James Barr, a former army sharpshooter, who asks them to contact Jack Reacher, a drifter and former Army Military Police officer. Working as an investigator for Barr’s defense attorney, Reacher unravels a case involving a hired killer and a Russian known only as “the Zec”.

Movie2k Watch Movies – Jack Reacher – Cast

Tom Cruise as Jack Reacher
Rosamund Pike as Helen Rodin
Richard Jenkins as Alex Rodin
David Oyelowo as Emerson
Werner Herzog as The Zec
Jai Courtney as Charlie
Vladimir Sizov as Vlad
Joseph Sikora as James Barr
Michael Raymond-James as Linsky
Alexia Fast as Sandy
Josh Helman as Jeb
Robert Duvall as Cash
James Martin Kelly as Rob Farrior
Nicole Forester as Nancy Holt

Movie2k Watch Movies – Jack Reacher – Production

The film was directed by Christopher McQuarrie, who previously worked with Cruise on the 2008 film Valkyrie. Josh Olson worked on the early screenplay and adapted it from Lee Child’s original best seller, while McQuarrie worked on the finished script.

In July 2011, Cruise was in negotiations to play the role of Jack Reacher. Author Lee Child said that it would be impossible to find a suitable actor to play the giant Reacher and to recreate the feel of the book onscreen, and that Cruise had the talent to make an effective Reacher. Child also said, “Reacher’s size in the books is a metaphor for an unstoppable force, which Cruise portrays in his own way.” Of Cruise’s relatively small stature, Child said, “With another actor you might get 100% of the height but only 90% of Reacher. With Tom, you’ll get 100% of Reacher with 90% of the height.”

Production on the film began in October 2011. The film rights were sold to Paramount Pictures. In February 2012, Kevin Messick, one of the film’s producers, sued Don Granger and Gary Levinsohn, two other producers, for breach of contract over a Joint Venture Agreement, claiming he had “helped to develop the film, renew Paramount’s options for the rights to the book, and participated in the search for a screenwriter” but starting in July 2010, had been left out of meetings with the screenwriter and the studio and not given certain drafts of the screenplay while it was under development. Messick is suing for “unspecified damages, his producer’s fees and the right to participate in any upcoming sequels.”

Cruise performed all of his own driving stunts during the film’s signature car chase sequence. “Action to me is something very fun to shoot. The challenge in most car chases is you’re trying to hide the fact that it’s not the actor driving,” McQuarrie said. “The challenge here was the exact opposite. We were trying to find a way to show that it was always Tom driving. He’s literally driving in every stunt sequence.”




Movie2k Watch Movies – Jack Reacher – Distribution

Jack Reacher Marketing

The trailer for Jack Reacher was officially released on Cruise’s birthday, July 3, 2012.

Jack Reacher Theatrical release

Jack Reacher, then titled One Shot, was originally slated to be released in February 2013. In March 2012, the release date was brought forward by Paramount Pictures to December 21, 2012, hoping to capitalize on the box office success of Cruise’s Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol, which was released at a similar point in 2011. The film’s new release date displaced the release of World War Z back six months.

The film was released in North American markets on December 21, 2012, with a premiere initially planned for Pittsburgh’s SouthSide Works megaplex on December 15, 2012, which was to be attended by the film’s stars, and Child.

On December 15, 2012, Paramount Pictures announced it was indefinitely postponing the premiere screening of the film in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania out of respect for the families of the victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting that had occurred the day before. The film includes a scene in which a sniper guns down what looks to be five random targets on a riverfront promenade. Writer-director McQuarrie endorsed the decision, saying he and Cruise “insisted upon it. Nobody should be celebrating anything 24 hours after a tragic event like that. We thought long and hard about it. This was not a snap judgment, because we wanted to give back to the city of Pittsburgh [by having the premiere there], because they were so great to us.”

The film held its United Kingdom premiere on December 10, 2012 at London’s Odeon Leicester Square. It is scheduled to be released on December 26, 2012 in the UK.

Movie2k Watch Movies – Jack Reacher – Reception

Jack Reacher Box office

As of December 26, 2012, Jack Reacher has grossed a worldwide total of $26,039,000. In North America, the film opened in 3,352 cinemas. CinemaScore polls reported that the average grade filmgoers gave the film was an “A-” on an A+ to F scale. On its opening weekend, Jack Reacher went on to gross $5.1 million on its opening day in the US and Canada, and $15.6 million in its opening weekend.

Jack Reacher Critical response

Jack Reacher has received mixed to positive reviews from critics. Review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes reports that 63% of 115 film critics have given the film a positive review, with a rating average of 6.2 out of 10. Metacritic, which assigns a weighted average score out of 100 to reviews from mainstream critics, gives the film a score of 48 based on 27 reviews.





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