Jack Reacher – 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Review

Jack Reacher Theatrical Poster

Jack Reacher is a film that we rarely see in Hollywood nowadays. Reacher is an old-school action thriller that also has a compelling mystery to boot. The film isn’t trying to do anything revolutionary, it’s just trying to tell a good story. But the subject matter isn’t necessarily an easy thing to watch—especially in today’s society. On the other hand, once those scenes are out of the way, the film plays out like a maze. It’s complex enough that you can’t see what’s coming. However, it’s easy enough to follow along to where you get absorbed into the film.

Jack Reacher is clearly a slow burn type of film, though. The film takes its time unveiling the conspiracy to the viewer. As a result, it lets you process what’s going on and lets you think about it. That’s what so good about this film. It makes you feel smart without much of an effort. The story isn’t all rosy, though. There are some minor plot holes in the film.

Also, there’s not as much action as you might expect in an action film. The action sequences that are in Reacher are definitely noteworthy. The car chase, hand-to-hand combat, and gun action are put together quite well. The cinematography puts you up close and personal to the action.

Also, Christopher McQuarrie wrote characters that have their rightful place in the film. Each character isn’t wasted or thrown away. Instead, they serve their purpose in the film and are handled effectively. Unfortunately, these characters aren’t as complex as the story itself. Essentially, each character is one-dimensional. There’s not a lot of layers to them or have much character development.

Tom Cruise is solid as the titular character, Jack Reacher. He doesn’t deliver an extraordinary performance as his other roles but then again, he doesn’t have to. Reacher isn’t as unique as Ethan Hunt or Nick Morton from The Mummy. He’s just an ordinary guy. Cruise seems to play ordinary as well as he does extraordinary. As a result, he’s not as charming as you might expect.

Rosamund Pike also works well with Cruise. She capably goes back and forth with Cruise. Jai Courtney is decent as the villain but he doesn’t have much to do other than kick ass and take names. David Oyelowo is solid despite having a minor role in the film. Not to mention, it was fun seeing the legendary director, Werner Herzog, in a role in this film too.

Overall, Jack Reacher is a satisfying action mystery thriller. It’s not a modern masterpiece by any means but it’s a thrilling ride that is clever enough not to insult your intelligence. Too bad its sequel didn’t get to the same level as this film.

Movie Rating: 4/5 atoms

Jack Reacher - Tom Cruise

Jack Reacher hits 4K Ultra HD with a Dolby Vision/HDR10 4K transfer and a 2.35:1 aspect ratio. Although the source material is upscaled to 4K, the video still looks phenomenal. Sadly, there is only an uptick in quality over the regular 1080p Blu-ray. Nevertheless, the HDR is on-point here as the black levels are dark and deep. In addition, there is no crush in the shadow details either. Since the majority of the film takes place at night, this is a good thing. The brightness level is intense without any sort of blooming.

There’s a good amount of contrast here that gives the video some depth. Because the film is upscaled, there’s a slight hint of softness around the edges. Regardless, the details are still crisply defined. The colors are also rich without a hint of oversaturation. The skin tones are natural too. There is a light hint of grain but it gives the film that cinematic effect. Overall, this is a great video presentation.

Video Rating: 5/5 atoms

Jack Reacher - Rosamund PIke & Tom Cruise

Jack Reacher hits 4K Ultra HD with a 7.1 DTS-HD Master Audio track. Sure, the audio track is the same as the 2013 Blu-ray. But as the saying goes, if it ain’t broke then don’t fix it. So right from the get-go, you can hear how immersive this audio track is. The audio makes good use of the soundstage with a lot of smooth dynamic pans and atmospheric effects. Not to mention, each gunshot and engine rev echo and completely fills up the soundstage. Thus, leaving you completely immersed in the scene. The LFE just booms through the subwoofer during these action sequences too. Thankfully, each audio element doesn’t overpower each other. During the quieter moments, the dialogue clearly come through cleanly through the center channel. Overall, this is (still) an incredible audio mix.

Audio Rating: 5/5 atoms

Special Features
Jack Reacher - Jai Courtney & Tom Cruise

Jack Reacher‘s 4K Ultra HD disc doesn’t have any special features on it. However, the regular Blu-ray contains the following special features:

  • Tom Cruise and director Christopher McQuarrie audio commentary
  • Composer Joe Kraemer audio commentary
  • When the Man Comes Around
  • You Do Not Mess with Jack Reacher: Combat & Weapons
  • The Reacher Phenomenon

Give it to Christopher McQuarrie and Tom Cruise to provide a tremendous amount of insight towards the making of the film. Whether it’s Mission: Impossible or Jack Reacher, McQuarrie and Cruise love to talk about the process of making films. “When the Man Comes Around” and “You Do Not Mess with Jack Reacher” has the duo talking in-depth about the film.

“When the Man Comes Around” covers a variety of topics that you didn’t expect either. This includes the controversy around Cruise not being the same stature as the book version of Reacher. It’s something that they didn’t need to discuss but you’re glad that they did. Also, if you haven’t read the book like I have then you’ll learn a lot about the book version of the character too. Unfortunately, the most in-depth look into the book isn’t the most interesting of featurettes. It’s a bit dry but it’s still informational.

Special Features Rating: 4/5 atoms

Overall, Jack Reacher is a fantastic action thriller that’s full of twists and turns. It may not have as much action as Cruise’s Mission franchise, but it’s a perfect throwback to the action thrillers of old. The video and audio presentations are superb. In addition, the special features are incredibly in-depth thanks to Tom Cruise, Christopher McQuarrie, Lee Child, and the rest of the cast and crew.

Rating: 4.5/5 atoms

This Blu-ray was reviewed using a retail/advance copy/unit provided by Paramount Home Entertainment.

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