“Jack Reacher” is the lawn grass stained New Balance sneakers of modern action cinema. It’s an airport novel series adapted to a series of films that Paramount never expected to blow up. But, Tom Cruise is aging and occasionally wants a film that isn’t too taxing. Getting to play cinematic NCIS and have a few cool lines seems up his alley. Plus, you’ve got Werner Herzog as the cool villain. Couple that with Chris McQuarrie shooting the hell out of the movie and you’re in for a treat.

But, it’s dad cinema. I know that older readers and Film Twitter die-hards hate that term. But, it’s because you people are aging slightly faster than me. There is nothing wrong with a film being part of Dad Cinema. Hell, it’s a mini-movement arising in Western Cinema due to the never-ending reign of the Baby Boomer. They’re older, they still pay to see movies and they want to see themselves represented on-screen. Well, represented more than usual.

I believe this is the first film to even acknowledge that Tom Cruise is out of the Maverick/Ethan Hunt mode. He plays Jack Reacher as a guy with several decades of experience, but still rocking that cool guy swagger. He yells at the guys down at the auto parts store and Reacher is always reaching out to the lovely Rosamund Pike. You even get perpetual Dad Cinema actor Richard Jenkins showing up to question and support Reacher in his quest for sniper justice.

In the six years since this film was released, I’ve grown to appreciate its awkward place in the Cruise filmography. Now on 4K, the transfer looks amazing. But, it’s upscaled. While it doesn’t sport that pop I want to see on a 4K disc, it still looks better than the Blu. Couple that with the DTS track for a fun outing. Your dad already is asking to borrow this. Let him have the disc and complete the circle.


  • Commentaries
  • Featurettes


  • 2.35:1 2160p transfer
  • DTS-HD 7.1


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