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Jack Reacher (Christopher McQuarrie, 2012)

December 21, 2012

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Jack Reacher opens with a point-of-view sniper sequence in which a lone gunman causes panic, killing multiple citizens from afar. This impressive, tense scene, as well as a few immediately following it, adds up to a completely dialogue-free opening stretch of roughly seven minutes that conveys a lot of information with very precise, lean visual storytelling. Christopher McQuarrie’s film does veer into expositional dialogue overload on occasion, but it is generally a worthy descendant of the sort of atmospheric 1970s thriller a director like Don Siegel might have been behind; the sniper plot and stoic, cool-headed enforcer protagonist alone certainly recall Siegel’s most famous effort Dirty Harry

Full review at Sound on Sight

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