What's the Difference between One Shot the Book and Jack Reacher the Movie?


One Shot

Released: 2005
Author: Lee Child

Jack Reacher

Released: 2012
Director: Christopher McQuarrie
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In the Book In the Movie
Jack Reacher
Jack Reacher
Portrayed by: Tom Cruise
Helen Rodin
Helen Rodin
Portrayed by: Rosamund Pike
Alex Rodin
Alex Rodin
Portrayed by: Richard Jenkins
Portrayed by: David Oyelowo
The Zec
The Zec
Portrayed by: Werner Herzog
General Eileen Hutton
This Character does not appear.
Rosemary Barr
This Character does not appear.
Ann Yanni
This Character does not appear.
James Barr
James Barr
Portrayed by: Joseph Sikora
Martin Cash
Martin Cash
Portrayed by: Robert Duvall
Jack Reacher Book vs Movie
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In the Book In the Movie
   Reacher kills The Zec's gang (including the real sniper) with his hands and knife. Cash shoots through one of the windows as a distraction. Reacher captures The Zec and ties him to a chair with wire. Reacher kills the henchmen, including Emerson, then murders The Zec after he boasts that with the witnesses dead, he will not be convicted.
   Reacher's group calls the police who show up at the scene. Reacher forces The Zec to confess everything. Emerson is exposed as the inside man and is arrested. One of The Zec's gang appears with a shotgun and threatens Reacher, but Cash shoots him dead. Cash and Reacher flee the scene but are confident that Helen Rodin will be able to clear Reacher for Sandy's murder and any crimes.
   Barr will go free as the prosecution no longer has a case against him. Reacher no longer wants to see him punished. Barr wakes up at the end of the film without any recent memories. He will be cleared of any wrong doing.
   Reacher leaves town on foot to avoid any further interaction with the authorities. Reacher leaves town on a bus and gets up to intervene during a domestic dispute.
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