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Jack Reacher Without Return Film Analysis

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Jonathan Navarro
Jack Reacher: Without Return
Audiovisual productions like movies are a wonderful way to complement a study of many
professionals. To know human beings, Anthropology is an important discipline, which
allows humans to be studied comprehensively using a variety of tools and knowledge.
The movie that I choose for the assignment is called Jack Reacher: Without Return,
directed by Edward Zwick and the main character is Tom Cruise. At first glance, Jack
Reacher: Without Return looks like the standard undercover agent movie, however, seen
with an anthropological eye, the film presents a series of interesting elements to spotlight.
First, the protagonist is not only an agent but also an agile observer, an expert in knowing
and infiltrating the environment to come up with empathy with subjects of interest and
establish deductions and inductions through simple observation. It is these qualities that
make Reacher an agent capable of solving puzzles where others find no reason. From a
particular point of view, Reacher may well be said to use anthropological techniques to
accomplish his goals. Second, despite the actual fact that it is a sequel, this film differs
from its predecessor by involving other characters: an older one from the military and a
younger one. The interesting thing about such characters is that both are females and it is
evident that this difference created some conflicts.
On the one hand, Reacher assumes that as a male he must face all the risks, while the
mature lady not only questions that decision but confronts Reacher adducing a gender
bias. It is here where the standard action movie becomes a movie that almost borders on
personal drama; it is here where the individual and his team lead to the capacity to
confront the institution and its structures. The scenes within which this event is graphed,
as well as the empathy that develops towards the characters, and their decisions, set the
tone for their outcome. It is no longer an action movie; it is a fight between masculinity
and femininity. The funny thing is that, despite the actual fact that the protagonist kills
almost all the enemies with the assistance of the female characters, it is he who finally,
ends up receiving all the damage. This made me suspect if the plot of the film is
expounded to the abysmal difference within the labor death rate between men and
women (approx. 9 to 1 respectively) or to the link between gender differences and
professional aptitude (explored within the studies Psychologist Richard Lippa) The actual
fact that Jack Reacher: No Return is an action film where topics like masculinity,
femininity, aggressiveness, upbringing, parenthood, prejudice, abilities, decisions, and
even biology are put into play, within a coercive environment, make this an
anthropological film; a movie not only able to sharpen our view on how a specific profile
generates certain behaviors but also to form us reflect not only on what we think we are
but what we are able to become.
Overall within the movie there are multiple connections with the material covered in this
class, for example: Gender roles, Structural Violence, Ethnocentrism, and Relativism, as
well as Social Construct of Race.

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Jonathan Navarro Jack Reacher: Without Return Audiovisual productions like movies are a wonderful way to complement a study of many professionals. To know human beings, Anthropology is an important discipline, which allows humans to be studied comprehensively using a variety of tools and knowledge. The movie that I choose for the assignment is called Jack Reacher: Without Return, directed by Edward Zwick and the main character is Tom Cruise. At first glance, Jack Reacher: Without Return looks like the standard undercover agent movie, however, seen with an anthropological eye, the film presents ...
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