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DVD review: 'Reacher' so macho it's almost funny

Published May 7, 2013 8:59 am

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Grade • B-

DVD • You half-expect the title card "Jack Reacher will return" at the end of "Jack Reacher," the latest attempt to give Tom Cruise an action franchise.

Cruise plays the title character, novelist Lee Child's rogue military-police investigator who lives off the grid but arrives in Pittsburgh after a sniper shoots five people seemingly at random — but, as Jack figures out, the killings aren't random at all, but part of a devious plot orchestrated by a mastermind called The Zec (played by director Werner Herzog).

Cruise and writer-director Christopher McQuarrie deliver competent action set pieces and a meaty spot for Robert Duvall, while letting Cruise show off his machismo to the point of silliness. —

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