Jack Reacher

Jack Reacher (2012)

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Continuity mistake: When Reacher arrives at the shooting range it's hot and sunny. When he walks down the driving range it's overcast and looks like it's been raining with a slight mist coming in. When he looks back down the range, cut to the owner and shooting scene and it's hot and sunny again.

Audio problem: When Reacher reverses out of the motel parking lot, a car is seen braking hard to avoid hitting him and honking. The audio sound of the car horn has a "doppler effect", sounding like a passing vehicle, but the car doesn't pass the viewer as it comes to a halt in frame.

Continuity mistake: At the end of the bar fight when the cops are pulling up to the scene, a shot from inside one of the cop cars shows it passing the blue pickup truck and getting close to Reacher and Sandy. In the next shot from Reacher's perspective, both cop cars are much further away.

Continuity mistake: When Barr is being interviewed in the hospital, at the end of the film, the bloodiness of his facial injuries lessens as the scene goes. Also, it seems like the prosthetic scab on his top lip is coming loose. (02:02:00)

Continuity mistake: When Sandy is going out she puts on bright red lipstick. When the police find her body the lipstick is gone.

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Suggested correction: Her lipstick might be gone because she was suffocated to death.

Continuity mistake: In the car chase in Jack Reacher's car, there's a sticker with numbers on it - first it said 5 12, then 7 12, then 9 12, and from the shots within the car it doesn't show the sticker at all.

Factual error: When Reacher sees Sandy's body being loaded into the coroner's van, he's able to see her face. In reality, a dead body is zipped into a leak proof body bag for transport. And that body is put in the bag and zipped up WHERE THEY DIED, not in the van or somewhere else. Specifically, this was a murder scene and any evidence and DNA would have been secured on the body by the body bag.

Continuity mistake: When Jack reverses aggressively out of the motel car park onto the road, he steers the car to his left and drives down the road, not leaving any tyre marks. In the next shot, the police cars exit the car park sliding out onto the road to their right, following tyre marks which have magically appeared, presumably from a previous take of that action.


Other mistake: In the scene where James Barr is shown shooting the four men during the war his rifle movement is inconsistent with where the targets were. He took aim at the man furthest away in a line. His rifle would have to move down as he shot each person moving down the line. Instead his rifle moves down then up and up again etc. Even if the targets decided to run after the first shot the rifle movement is inconsistent.

Factual error: At the shooting range when Reacher hangs his target, you can see it's either AS500 or something softer because of the damage. When Reacher fires his shots go clean through the target without any spalling damage done to the paper.

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Revealing mistake: In the car chase, the stunt ramps on the ground so that both cars can easily race over the curbs instead of destroying their wheels. (01:20:20)

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Continuity mistake: In the car chase scene in Jeb's car after Sandy is killed, Jeb's left rear tail light and front right fog light go from working to not working to working again over and over.


Plot hole: When one of the men from the bar fight confronts Reacher at Jeb's house, the man says he hasn't seen Jeb since they got out of jail. Reacher was the only person from the fight to be arrested, all the others ran away. (01:00:30)

Continuity mistake: In the pursuit scene between Jack in the red Chevy and the two bad guys in the silver Audi, the Chevy right front fender is completely wrinkled after a side to side crash. When the car stops after exiting the tunnel, the fender is still wrinkled, but when Jack momentarily loses control and the car skids, the fender is unwrinkled and stays that way. (01:19:00 - 01:20:25)


James Barr: There's this guy. He's a kind of cop, at least he used to be. He doesn't care about proof, he doesn't care about the law, he only cares about what's right. He knows what I did. You can't protect me. No one can.

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Trivia: A point in the score from this, by Joe Kraemer, inspired The Batman's signature motif by Michael Giacchino. After the phone call between Jack and Helen when he warns her potentially not to trust her father, he's driving across a bridge and the music is almost identical to the "bom...bombom...bom" theme from The Batman.

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