A sniper opens fire in a heartland city, killing five people with six shots and throwing the city into a state of chaos. Within hours the cops announce that they have the killer in custody. It appears to be a slam-dunk case – until the accused man, James Barr (Joseph Sikora), a former Army sniper, claims innocence. “You got the wrong guy,” he says, “Get Reacher for me.”
Reacher is Jack Reacher (Tom Cruise), an ex-military investigator who knows Barr and Barr’s skills as a sniper. In fact, after Barr murdered four people during the Gulf War and walked free on a technicality, Reacher swore he would track Barr down if he ever did it again. Given this background, why would Barr have asked for Reacher? Because in addition to his highly developed military and investigative skills and extreme intelligence, Reacher is known for his absolute moral clarity in defending victims.
Once he arrives and starts to investigate, Reacher sees that something isn’t right. Barr never should have missed a shot. Reacher’s quest to prove Barr’s guilt or innocence gets complicated when he gets entangled with a ruthless Russian gang. The gang’s leader, a man known only as The Zec (Werner Herzog), spent most of his life in the infamous Soviet Gulag. Now it looks like The Zec might be the one that’s pulling the strings in this entire case.
Written and directed by Christopher McQuarrie, Jack Reacher is an adaptation of the 2005 novel, “One Shot,” by Lee Child. The thriller also stars Rosamund Pike as Helen Rodin, Richard Jenkins as Alex Rodin, Robert Duvall as Cash, David Oyelowo as Emerson, Michael Raymond-James as Linsky, James Martin Kelly as Rob Farrior, Nicole Forester as Nancy Holt, and Alexia Fast as Sandy. The thriller is set for release on December 21, 2012 by Paramount Pictures.