The latest Tom Cruise action flick is Jack Reacher where he plays protagonist Jack Reacher, a former military cop wandering from one city to another. If you haven’t seen the movie, you might want to avoid reading this blog post as there are some spoiler alerts. If you have seen the movie, you know it wasn’t an all-out action movie like of Shoot ‘Em Up, but it is an action movie nonetheless with senseless murder, car chases and twists.
The movie opens with a sniper picking off presumably innocent people walking along the Allegheny River in Pittsburgh. The man charged with the crime, Barr, is a former military sniper. While in police custody for questioning, he writes on a piece of paper, “Get Jack Reacher.” And so the movie begins and Tom Cruise in all of his 5′ 7″ glory comes to town to find out who is responsible for the murders.
Reacher believes Barr doesn’t have the skills as a sniper to kill all those people so the lawyer defending Barr teams up with Reacher to find the real sniper. In the process of trying to find who framed Barr, Reacher discovers corruption in the city’s government and a gang using a construction company as a front.
There are a handful of cars in the movie including a 1970 Chevrolet Chevelle SS, a 2012 Mercedes Benz C250 CDI Coupe, a 2012 Ford Transit Connect, a 2006 Audi A6 C6 and a really old Silverado pickup from the late 70′s, early 80′s. Similar to the film Drive, cars driven by characters in the movie Jack Reacher serve as a reflection of the people who drive them.
1970 Chevrolet Chevelle SS
Reacher steals this classic muscle car from a meth cooker bribed by the gang/construction company to scare Reacher out of continuing his investigation. After stealing the Chevelle, he is chased by the construction company’s lackeys in a silver 2006 Audi A6. The Chevelle symbolizes Reacher’s old school approach to police work which is unpolished and at times a bit dirty.
2012 Ford Transit Connect
Barr owns the Ford Transit Connect that was seen in the parking structure right after he allegedly set up his sniper rifle and killed innocent people. The color of the van is white and symbolizes Barr’s innocence.
2012 Mercedes Benz C 250 CDI Coupe
The C 250 belongs to Barr’s defense attorney. The Mercedes, similar to Barr’s Transit Connect is white which symbolizes the lawyer’s purity. This is also fitting because at the very end of the movie, it is revealed the lawyer has not been corrupted by the construction company like some other prominent city authorities. On a side note, the C 250 CDI coupe is a diesel engine and not currently offered in the United States.
2006 Audi A6 C6
The silver Audi A6 is the perfect vehicle for a corrupt construction company that seeks to “fit in” and not call attention to itself. As the movie unfolds, however, it is impossible for the gang and their cars to remain hidden, just like the German aftermarket BBS rims it sports in the film (not pictured).
Classic Chevrolet C/K Pickup
Robert Duvall plays Cash, a crusty old military man that owns the shooting range Barr frequented. Just like Reacher’s old school, down-and-dirty approach to police investigation in the Chevelle, the same goes for Cash’s truck. It’s old and dirty but it works and Duvall is the kind of guy that DGAF.