I am a little bit confused with the ending of Jack Reacher. Maybe my TV station did cut off something at the end?

So the police arrives at the Quarry, bodies everywhere, Helen all alone. Then, she and her dad are in Barr's hospital room. Barr seems to suffer from memory loss and thinks he actually did shoot those strangers. Also, he is afraid of Jack, although he asked for him in the first place.

What I cannot understand: How is the ending meant to be? Helen uncovers all that happened without having evidence of what Jack did and did not, and the police just accepts that Jack disappears despite all he did?

Or is Barr still presented as guilty because he deserves it for what he did in Iraq?

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We don't know...

However, it's heavily implied that because he is actually innocent, he will escape punishment.

The implication in Barr's hospital room is that, with Helen's DA father in attendance, she coaxes out of him the way that Barr would have done it which, of course, does not match the known facts....thus proving to her father that Barr is innocent.

Also, he is afraid of Jack, although he asked for him in the first place.

His fear is that because he's done this in the past and everyone else thinks he did it this time that Reacher will come and exact justice on him.

Of course, we know that Reacher has already been to the city, realised that Barr is innocent, and taken steps to solve the case.

Here's a synopsis from IMDB which covers the same territory

Helen is concerned about clearing both he and Barr from any murder charges. Jack tells her he thinks that she and her father will be able to work that out. Jack and Cash jump in Cash's truck and take off as the police are arriving. Helen is upset that Jack is leaving, that he will disappear again and she won't be able to find him.

Helen goes to see Jack Barr, who's out of his coma. He doesn't remember the shootings, but heard the nurses and cops talking about it. He figures if they said he did it, then he did it, because he'd done something similar before and got away with it. With Alex Rodin standing nearby listening, Helen shows Barr photos of the stadium, parking garage and bridge and asks him how he would have done the job. His assessment is exactly what Reacher said it would be.

Helen tells Barr he's going to be all right, that she's going to take care of him, but he is remembering Jack Reacher's promise to come get him. He figures he's a dead man. Helen will no doubt explain that to him later.

  • Yeah, I had the impression that Helen and her father want to bring out the truth including the fact that Barr did not do anything. What made me think again was what Zec said at the end: There is zero evidence supporting the real story, but tons of evidence for the violent rampage Jack has actually done over the course of the movie. a
    – Mei Lauw
    Apr 10, 2018 at 15:36
  • Edit time limitation got me good. I wanted to add that the movie would be a very nice background for a multi-episode plot of Law&Order. How do you convince a jury of that crazy story if everyone is either dead or has vanished?!
    – Mei Lauw
    Apr 10, 2018 at 15:43

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