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It's The JACK REACHER Teaser Trailer... Now In English!!

The Kidd here...

The trailer for Paramount's JACK REACHER, the Tom Cruise-fronted adaptation of Lee Child's ONE SHOT, has finally made its way online (courtesy of Yahoo!), and while there is plenty of engine revving to tease you on the flick, it's Cruise ass-beating ways that are a bit more effective. 

It'll be interesting to see Cruise as sort of an anti-hero, a guy who does what is necessary to make things right even if it means doing a lot of wrong. Cruise, in the past, has been much more of a clean-cut good guy, so pulling that off will go a long way to silencing fans of the novel who have long complained about Cruise's casting not matching Reacher's large physical standing. 

With WORLD WAR Z pulled from the calendar long ago and G.I. JOE 2 delayed, Paramount needs something going in its favor later this year, and JACK REACHER with the always intense Tom Cruise may just be what the doctor ordered. 


-Billy Donnelly

"The Infamous Billy The Kidd"

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  • July 3, 2012, 12:33 p.m. CST


    by Fritzlorrerains

  • July 3, 2012, 12:36 p.m. CST

    Looked like they were actually trying . . .

    by Nice Marmot

    . . . to make him super tall at the beginning of the trailer. Not so much.

  • July 3, 2012, 12:36 p.m. CST

    Not working

    by lookylookymoontard

  • ...Instantly makes people think Big Movie, Potential Franchise, might check it out

  • July 3, 2012, 12:40 p.m. CST

    To all the haters

    by Xen11

    Take two steps back and literally FUCK YOUR OWN FACE

  • July 3, 2012, 12:46 p.m. CST

    This looks like something that was just defecated...

    by Ferf Muckmeyer

    ...from an elephant.

  • July 3, 2012, 12:47 p.m. CST


    by Jackson

  • July 3, 2012, 12:54 p.m. CST

    They Translated the Engine Sound to English, Thank God.

    by Read and Shut Up

  • July 3, 2012, 12:56 p.m. CST

    Jack Reacheround

    by terrence horan

    It had to be said

  • July 3, 2012, 12:56 p.m. CST

    Jack Reach-around...NEXT!

    by obijuanmartinez

  • July 3, 2012, 12:59 p.m. CST

    Jack Reacher will STOMP YOUR ASS

    by buggerbugger

    ...with his tiny Cuban heels while issuing threats with his squeaky little manboy voice.

  • July 3, 2012, 1:02 p.m. CST

    "the always intense Tom Cruise"

    by buggerbugger

    A demeanour he perfected in 'Cocktail'.

  • July 3, 2012, 1:02 p.m. CST

    Well that doesn't look interesting at all

    by Ray Tchoulakian

    Generic premise, generic tough guy speak, and generic rock n' roll music in the background. No thanks.

  • July 3, 2012, 1:04 p.m. CST

    As someone pointed out in the Russian trailer

    by crazybubba

    the height doesn't seem to be the only issue. What's with Reacher and the car? Doesn't Reacher hitch hike and take the bus everywhere? That's a major downsize of a key aspect of this character's personality. haha see what I did there i made a short joke haha. anyway as a poor broke Negro who has taken public transportation my entire life I can relate to the character more because of that fact. i'm gonna go finish that Reacher novel i started.

  • July 3, 2012, 1:05 p.m. CST

    Jack Offer

    by Russell

  • July 3, 2012, 1:05 p.m. CST

    Tom Cruise Cannot Pull Off Jack Reacher

    by ass clown

    When he says 'you wanted this,' he doesnt scare me. The guys description of Jack from his hospital bed is scarier than the real thing. They actually do try to make him look taller based on some of the camera angles too. The movie is wrong, but it will probably be watchable. Ive paid for worse so ill still see it. If only i had the conviction to follow my own advice and not pay to see crap, maybe the world would be a better place

  • July 3, 2012, 1:10 p.m. CST

    Yeah, Tom Cruise may just be what the doctor ordered

    by successor

    If your doctor is Mengele or Kevorkian. Come on, Kidd, you walked right into that one.

  • July 3, 2012, 1:14 p.m. CST


    by DangerMan

    I watched it with an open mind, but even Jason Stratham would have worked better for this. He's not intimidating. This feels like the same guy from ROCK OF AGES. That being said, I like COLLATERAL, but Jack Reacher is a bruiser, not a cruiser.

  • July 3, 2012, 1:16 p.m. CST


    by Joe

    Not sure about cruise either, but if you remember the book, he does drive the reporters car around town a lot while evading the popo in One Shot.

  • July 3, 2012, 1:19 p.m. CST

    looks like a less classier version of Drive!

    by D o o d

  • I really don't. And while I agree at face value that they've horribly miscast the role in hiring Cruise to be Reacher, I also understand the realities of the movie biz and that there probably wouldn't be a Reacher movie at all if not for having Tom Cruise's name attached to the proceedings. So I get that it's a necessary evil, and I was mostly willing to approach this with an open mind. I just watched the trailer, though, and size disparity notwithstanding, it's Cruise's voice and the way that he delivers the lines that are REALLY killing it for me. They're showing us Jack Reacher, but all I see is Jerry Maguire, or Lt. Daniel Kaffee or Ethan Hunt/Roy Miller/David Aames/MitchMcDeere. Instead of Jack Reacher, it's TOM CRUISE as Jack Reacher, and it's distracting as hell. I'm willing to suspend my judgment a little longer pending a real trailer showing more than about 15 seconds of Reacher, and even then I'll see the movie sooner or later just to satisfy my own curiosity after having read all the books, but they have an uphill battle ahead of them, especially with the divorce proceedings that are just now getting underway that'll no doubt remind many of what a whack job he can be. All that said, this will probably do well in the theaters. Online, it looks like everyone and their brother absolutely hates this and will not pay to see it (check out the comment's on Lee Child's FB page), but in reality those are the fans of the books, and even if everyone of them who says they won't see it actually don't go see it, they're a small minority compared to the general movie-going public...

  • See comments above from "Ass Clown..."

  • July 3, 2012, 1:42 p.m. CST

    Here's hoping for a another Cruise bomb :)

    by marineboy

  • July 3, 2012, 1:51 p.m. CST

    Wallace Shawn would be more intimidating.

    by Charlie Allnut

    I'll be avoiding this one in droves.

  • July 3, 2012, 1:52 p.m. CST

    Bunch of fucking haters on this site

    by shatners hairpiece

    Nothing ever looks good enough for you, does it? This looks like a pretty decent flick but all any of you talk backers ever do is piss and shit on other people. I like AICN for the news and trailers (and reviews) but the talkbacks are full of a bunch of pussy-whiners.

  • July 3, 2012, 1:56 p.m. CST

    Jack 'Reacher' . . .

    by Jayeskimo

    . . . coz he's too short

  • July 3, 2012, 1:57 p.m. CST

    tom cruise is the punisher with a really high voice

    by walt


  • July 3, 2012, 1:57 p.m. CST

    What's with the focus on the car?

    by SoWasRed2012

    I read the book - I don't remember a car featuring so prominently, this trailer makes him a chattier version of Ryan Gosling in Drive. I'll see this, Tom Cruise might not be the right guy for it, but if it turns into a money spinning franchise, who's to say they couldn't James Bond it up and have him recast every couple of movies?

  • July 3, 2012, 2:02 p.m. CST

    Say what you want I love Tom Cruise's movies

    by Wcwlkr

    Even the one's that don't quite succeed Lions For Lambs, Knight & Day. He makes entertaining films & he gives 100% Even Vanilla Sky that was one of the most depressing films I've ever seen held my interest. I like Cruise & I'll definitely check this out.

  • July 3, 2012, 2:06 p.m. CST

    this trailer is actually worse when its in english

    by Dandelo_Bateman

  • July 3, 2012, 2:09 p.m. CST

    Hands up who's a Scientologist in this talkback?

    by PaddyIrishman

    Trailer has nothing to make me interested in seeing this film. I've only seen the Russian trailer and couldn't be arsed seeing English version. The people sticking up for Cruise in this role he's been clearly miscast in, I'm guessing are Xenu monkeys.

  • July 3, 2012, 2:14 p.m. CST

    What's with the MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE guitar?

    by la_sith

    God, that was awful.

  • July 3, 2012, 2:18 p.m. CST


    by tcbonline

    I'm going to give this a chance because Cruise was a badass in Collateral... admit it.

  • July 3, 2012, 2:19 p.m. CST

    Should've been NATHAN FILLION!

    by TommyGavinsEgo

    Wait, we're not doing that anymore?

  • July 3, 2012, 2:20 p.m. CST

    The Voiceover...

    by schlockthemonkey

    Didn't Paul Newman's character in The Color Of Money say the same line? or similar to it?

  • July 3, 2012, 2:28 p.m. CST

    by medster101

    Shit this looks terrible. Cruise was great in collateral but he just dosent seem to work in this role.

  • July 3, 2012, 2:31 p.m. CST

    If it's Tom Cruise, shouldn't this be Jack Reacheround?

    by spmahn

  • Now we have to put up with boy-men like Cruise and DiCaprio.

  • July 3, 2012, 2:44 p.m. CST

    I'll see this

    by NightArrows

  • July 3, 2012, 2:46 p.m. CST

    Haha, I wonder if Scientologists are not allowed to visit AICN

    by MooseMalloy

  • July 3, 2012, 2:48 p.m. CST

    Working title of this project: "Mmmmm, Dick."

    by AzulTool

  • July 3, 2012, 2:49 p.m. CST

    It's a shame that there isn't a film called...

    by NightArrows

    All the AICN Talkbackers get Ebola and die. A documentary it would have to be for me to be satisfied. Well, all the Talkbackers except for me.

  • July 3, 2012, 2:50 p.m. CST

    If Cruise is Reacher, I'm Xenu

    by Lourdes Galan

    These Scienciologist are crazy!

  • I like Cruise well enough. He can look tough and intense on film - that is, certain kinds of tough and intense. What he can't look, or sound like, is *physically* intimidating. Dominating with physique and voice. I haven't read the books, so I can't comment at all on authenticity with the source material. My critique is limited to what's in the trailer. He looks smaller than everyone around him. He looks neat and tidy and clean-cut. He delivers his lines in a smooth, thin voice. Nothing wrong with any of that. But it's out of place with what they're trying to depict. He doesn't come across as any kind of bruiser at all, either physically or vocally. M:I and the like are good for him because he can show an intensity that's believable - not the guy who can lift cars, but the guy who is deadly with precision and skills. He can also project a lot of intensity with his personality and emotion. But that doesn't work in the street-fight-with-a-bunch-of-guys scene, or the slo-mo muscle-guy walk scene. I like Cruise, but have no idea whatsoever what they think they're pulling off here. Speaking of that, yeah, I think this choice of title is going to launch a wave of jokes big enough to bog this one down in the public's eye.

  • July 3, 2012, 2:58 p.m. CST

    I'm sorry Paramount, but no...

    by ATARI

    I've read most of the Reacher novels, and never, ever could picture Tom Cruise as the lead. Just the completely wrong body type. Attitude helps, but Reacher is a giant. Therefore, I will not be paying money to see your movie, sorry Paramount.

  • July 3, 2012, 2:59 p.m. CST

    Should have been The Rock.

    by Sardonic

  • July 3, 2012, 3:01 p.m. CST

    the krypton kid

    by NightArrows

    Are you in your 50's?

  • July 3, 2012, 3:07 p.m. CST

    Wouldn't intimidate McLovin

    by Thomas

    If you've never read one of the books then I could care less what you think of those who have and think this is the worst casting since the Theisman break. This is not a Cruise issue....if they put Jet Li or Statham or even a '90s Stallone in the part it would still make no sense. Reacher is a guy who INSTANTLY intimidates when he walks in a room. It's not just the ability to kick's the manner of which he can shatter a body by only using 70% of his will. Not karate...not boxing....not judo....he is a punisher and the word is INTIMIDATE. After reading 6 books you can imagine this guy.....If you want 100% buy in from loyal fans.......The Rock. The Rock is Jack Reacher if he trained and bulked up more than the way he looks in Retaliation. But you don't care and think this is Cruise hate.

  • July 3, 2012, 3:08 p.m. CST

    Yes, yes and the porn will be called Jack Reacharound.

    by venvariants

    It's true.

  • I know this should not bug me as much as it does but i think it's really a bit of a "fuck you, were just gonna be lazy and you'll never notice anyway" move.

  • July 3, 2012, 3:19 p.m. CST

    John Carter

    by viks

    Seriously, this "First Name Last Name" titles have to stop unless they have a dedicated fan base already. This is hurting the chance for any film to succeed. The titles are just that boring.

  • July 3, 2012, 3:34 p.m. CST

    Looks awful in either Russian or English.

    by tailhook

    Didn't once by Tom Cruise as anything but Tom Cruise or Tom KPY3. Acting? Whats that? Someone show Tom Cruise.

  • July 3, 2012, 3:34 p.m. CST

    Tom Cruise can pull this off. He was great in Collateral.

    by Buck Turgidson

    Should have stuck with "One-Shot" as the title, though,

  • If he's not famous, surround him with a cast that has pedigree and you're off to the races. And he won't look nearly as goofy in that muscle car.

  • July 3, 2012, 3:40 p.m. CST

    where's Tom Kpy3 when you need him?

    by julia

  • July 3, 2012, 3:40 p.m. CST

    OK, whose the sexier hunk? Tom Cruise or John Merrick?

    by AzulTool

  • July 3, 2012, 3:44 p.m. CST

    Cruise is just gay (or so they say)

    by The Krypton Kid

  • July 3, 2012, 3:46 p.m. CST


    by malificus

  • July 3, 2012, 3:48 p.m. CST

    Cruise shouldn't play villains or anti-heroes...

    by Baryonyx

    ...because he's not very good in those roles. Proof: go watch Collateral and Interview with a Vampire.

  • July 3, 2012, 3:59 p.m. CST

    Hollywood often casts against type.

    by Peter

    Did anyone read the short story Philip K Dick story that was subsequently filmed as "Total Recall". Doug Quail is a very average clerk who likes a pinch of Beau Nash snuff in the morning. Hollywood translation: Arnold Schwarzenegger. I've read all the Reacher novels and I love them. I will give Cruise a chance, despite the fact that he is the polar opposite of the character in my head.

  • July 3, 2012, 4 p.m. CST

    Should really be called "Tom Reaching"

    by BNITT

    He's supposed to be a brawny 6'5" diesel tough guy...but instead looks a like a spoiled little yuppie midget playing pretend.

  • July 3, 2012, 4:04 p.m. CST

    Anti hero?

    by Chorlton01

    Reacher is in no way an anti hero. The mentality is a soldier's view of the world, and a very black and white view of right and wrong, whilst trying to stay nominally within the normal world's law. And as I said in the other talk back, he does borrow a car from a journalist for a while in the book, but I suppose it wouldn't be too much of an issue to expand the length of time he has the car in the film.

  • July 3, 2012, 4:12 p.m. CST

    Tom Don't Know Jack

    by tacoplenty

    Knew this was a bad idea from the start. Can't advocate publicly what needs to be done about this abomination. nuff said

  • July 3, 2012, 4:20 p.m. CST

    Dolph Lundgren

    by rufusxavier

    I know he isn't a name anymore, but that is who I picture as Jack Reacher. Same height and weight, I believe they are even the same age.

  • July 3, 2012, 4:24 p.m. CST

    Warwick Davis

    by David Duchovny

    is more threatening than the Lunatic Midget of Batshit Cove (the new Tim Burton film coincidentally)

  • July 3, 2012, 4:30 p.m. CST

    If you recommended The Rock to play this part

    by David Duchovny

    that tells me everything I need to know about you as a human being. Stay the fuck away from me, you inbred hillbillies.

  • July 3, 2012, 4:33 p.m. CST

    You know hell has frozen over when I agree with Rupert Murdoch

    by David Duchovny

    What he said the other day was spot on. These people are creepier than the Mormons and Evangelicals.

  • July 3, 2012, 4:41 p.m. CST

    Maybe this is worth reconsidering?

    by calrabjohns

    Werner Herzog is the bad guy. That should be interesting. Just a quick one-line from there, and it's on Herzog's imdb page. In case anyone thinks this is a fever dream lol.

  • July 3, 2012, 4:46 p.m. CST

    Ray Stevenson was available....

    by DougMcKenzie

    Rome, Punisher, Kill the Irishman... Jack Reacher. Yeah that guy made too much sense.

  • July 3, 2012, 4:57 p.m. CST

    Tom Cruise can pull this off. That's what he said.

    by minbari73

  • July 3, 2012, 4:58 p.m. CST

    Tom Cruise is no Kevin Costner

    by Martin Hogg

    ....and surely that says it all

  • July 3, 2012, 5:07 p.m. CST

    by Robert MacSephney

    Just what we need. A comedy starring a midget in a fast car.

  • July 3, 2012, 5:09 p.m. CST

    Repairman Jack, Maybe. Reacher, no f'n way

    by UnCoolNews

    I am not an anti-Tom Cruise guy but this is fuckin' terrible. Jack Reacher is a HUGE guy. It's a major part of the character. (That scar on his chest that they show in the trailer comes from where his massive pec stopped a weakened bullet.) The guy who plays the werewolf in True Blood is a better match to the physical description of Reacher in the books. If having Tom Cruise attached is what it takes to get this movie made, DON'T MAKE THE MOVIE! Wait until you can find a star who isn't 6-inches shorter than all of the 6 guys he's fighting. Oh, and like another poster said, that better not be Reacher's car.

  • July 3, 2012, 5:24 p.m. CST

    Should've been The Rock.

    by SID 8.0

    Glad to see that they left the jawbone scar on his stomach for the Beirut barracks bombing.

  • July 3, 2012, 5:44 p.m. CST


    by Cat_Corporation

    Not read the books, but I have to agree with some of you here - the set-up of a terrifying guy who you can't escape...and then seeing and hearing Tom Cruise - I just can't buy it. There's no danger. I think he was the best he's ever been in Collateral, but there's no two ways about it - while he's a great movie star, as a masculine, physical presence, I just don't think Cruise is your man.

  • July 3, 2012, 5:44 p.m. CST

    Tom Cruise likes girls. Now, that's a Reacher!

    by AzulTool

  • July 3, 2012, 5:45 p.m. CST

    Don't you remember Collateral?

    by pr0g2west

    Tom Cruise can be a believable bad-ass. Ill give this a chance.

  • July 3, 2012, 5:47 p.m. CST

    Sorry, no.

    by Hooky

    That's just Tom Cruise in that trailer. It's not Jack Reacher. I'm aware the films of books are always different than the original material. But in this case I've read all of the books - and this is just wrong. I have all the respect in the world for Cruise and what he has achieved. He's a very capable actor as well. But he's not Jack Reacher. Just the notion Tom must've convinced himself at some point he's the right choice to be Jack Reacher... well.. that's just deluded. It's as if they've decided to cut away the main character and replace him with Cruise. The trailer looks like it will probably be a decent action flick. But it doesn't catch the tone of the book, which is much more matter of fact. No flash. No showboating. For the record, I agree with dougmckenzie. Ray Stevenson was born to be Jack Reacher. Right age, right height, can act and he's not too famous either. In other words, effing perfect.

  • July 3, 2012, 5:53 p.m. CST

    Leave scientologists alone...

    by pr0g2west

    Im not a scientologist. But I respect a person's long as they don't shove their beliefs down other peoples throats. Is scientology supposed to be less believable than all the other 700+ religions in the world? Or only respect people who pray to the same invisible man in the sky as you do? Tom Cruise is a good person, and a good actor. The people who work with him all say he is good hearted and caring. Who cares if he is crazy, or gay, or what have you? You stubborn, close-minded whiners.

  • July 3, 2012, 6 p.m. CST

    Tom Cruise has given terrific performances in a number of fil

    by I am_NOTREAL

  • July 3, 2012, 6:02 p.m. CST

    Tom Cruise has given terrific performances in a number of films

    by I am_NOTREAL

    but is horribly and hopelessly miscast in this one, he is terribly distracting and the trailer looks like a joke, sorry.

  • July 3, 2012, 6:02 p.m. CST

    Ah. Fuck. AKA: Tom should have watched HEAT.

    by AidanJames

    Height and muscle mass deficiencies can easily be overcome. But, and this might be the first time I've ever said this about anything (I even liked Bane's before everyone started bitching)... that voice is just MURDERING any intimidation factor for me. It's almost like he's trying to sound like he doesn't give a shit instead of actually not giving a shit. Reacher's entire manner should be abrupt and flat until he's pissed. ...and here all he sounds like is a dwarf with too much confidence. And I'm even saying that as a HUGE fan of Tom Cruise. Remember the scene early on in HEAT when Deniro slams Waingro's head into the diner table and the giant trucker looks across the place to see what's up and Tom Sizemore (or whatever) just looks at him with absolutely no expression that still conveyed a menacing brutality? THAT is Reacher (not Sizemore specifically, but that attitude). Reacher just KNOWS he can fucking kill you, he doesn't need to try and convince you of that at all. I think that's the disconnect that's bothering me from this brief look.

  • July 3, 2012, 6:06 p.m. CST

    Also, if anyone mentions The Rock...

    by AidanJames

    Fuck you for thinking The Rock could pull off ANY of Reacher without falling right back into being a swaggering dick instead of acting. He's one of those guys who worries about whether what he's doing looks cool, not whether it's right for the part.

  • July 3, 2012, 6:06 p.m. CST


    by Johnny Wrong

    ...the music is The Black Angels' "Young Men Dead" and it sounds FUCK ALL like the M:I theme if you have anything remotely like a clue about music. Seriously...go listen to 'em one after the other.

  • July 3, 2012, 6:19 p.m. CST


    by Baryonyx

    Yes, I remember Collateral: it's the film where Tom Cruise tried to be badass, but fell short.

  • July 3, 2012, 6:29 p.m. CST

    ONE SHOT...

    by Mikey Wood

    ...was a better title.

  • July 3, 2012, 6:35 p.m. CST

    Just once, could Tom Cruise...

    by DoctorWho?

    ...take a roll where he plays a sensitive, vulnerable human being? It's always the supercool bad ass, larger than life persona. <p> We get it Tom. You're cool. Now mix it up a bit for Xenu's sake.

  • War of Worlds & Minority Report with it's off kilter humor to boot. But that might be just me. I don't know if i can imagine him as an effective straight bud guy that u like cause he's so badassed bats#$t bananas cool, or a rock star..., & as a plain type of trad. hero or lead, he's well pretty Cruisy as in the adjective, not the kind of hero that sneaks up on ya and becomes ya avatar type of film,as in the noun, not the film which i do not know, but then again, that might be just me, as in the art and not the artist, but i have never be-held the Tom in 3d and he might be the kind of actor/guy that makes all kind of a diff. cool when watching with a pair of sun glasses on, in the dark, which i really can't say.

  • July 3, 2012, 6:49 p.m. CST

    @doctorwho? - Just once? How about "at least twice"?

    by SoWasRed2012

    In both Magnolia and Jerry Maguire he was exactly that. I'd argue he was a little vulnerable in Collateral too, hardened but definitely a few cracks appeared by the end. I agree with the guys comparing Reacher Cruise to Collateral Cruise - if he can be even half as much of a badass in this as he was as Vincent, I don't think there's anything to worry about.

  • July 3, 2012, 7:05 p.m. CST

    casting Jack Reacher

    by EleanorofAquitaine

    If Hollywood had a bit more spine, they might have thought laterally when casting Jack Reacher. Such as...Mr Echo from "Lost" (Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje). Sure, he's black. So what? He has the physical presence for Reacher. He is the the type of actor you could believe would drift across the US on buses, and could kick the shit out of villians. Think about it...

  • July 3, 2012, 7:29 p.m. CST

    Bad Casting, Cruise Does Not Look Tough

    by HateThaNet

  • July 3, 2012, 7:29 p.m. CST

    RE: eleanorofaquitaine

    by AidanJames

    Adewale can't speak without that ridiculously thick accent, and if you've ever seen Oz you'd also know he can't do nuance, in any way shape or form. Ever. He's good, but Reacher really does require a high degree of subtlety.

  • This will not succeed. Cruise doesn't have the stature or the scariness to pull off the REAL Jack he is written in the books that I LOVE dearly. <p> Paramount put all its eggs in the BIG NAME STAR basket...and a puny lil fucker, at that. Big mistake. <p> Reacher needed to be menacing. Just looking at Reacher, you need to immediately think "Holy Fuck...I'm not messing with this dude". There's not "One Shot" in that trailer that makes me feel that way...looking at Tommy Boy, trying to play tough. <p> I've waited for 6 years to see my favorite literary character depicted on the big screen. Unfortunately for me...and the true fans of Jack Reacher...(and Lee Child)'s gonna be a loooooooong time before I get to see another one when this one shits the bed. <p> Jim Caviezel plays Jack Reacher (John Reese) to a tee every week on "Person of Interest". At least I have that to watch until Paramount gets their shit together. <p> This will hopefully be Cruise's first and LAST attempt at trying to step into Reacher's size 14 shoes. <p> FUCK!!!

  • July 3, 2012, 7:44 p.m. CST

    Jesus as Reacher seemed about as likely...

    by AidanJames

    as Cruise as Reacher. So maybe there's hope. Something about... well... every role I've ever seen Caviezel (who I have a great deal of respect for) play has seemed very... soft. I mean even when he was murdering people's lives in The Count of Monte Cristo he never scared me. Reacher probably would work better if it started as an indie with an unknown. Now it's looking like this will just be Cruise's latest forgettable summer flick before moving on to the next forgettable Christmas flick.

  • July 3, 2012, 7:53 p.m. CST

    Mickey Rourke is the obvious choice

    by Queefer Sutherland

    He could shove Cruise up his ass and crap him across the room. Cruise can only pretend to be macho, but he doesn't ever convince me. Mickey Rourke makes macho piss its pants. This will be awful, absolutely god-awful. I'm sure Tom Cruise will play the same character he always plays in his action films. He has the range of a dildo. Anybody who thinks he's a good actor and is right for this role has to be severely brain-damaged, or they just crave some Cruise asshole around their dicks.

  • & if not yesterday, then soon! Thin Red Line, Count of Monte Christo truely great films that get under your skin. How about an epic Egyptian or Rome sword and sandal epic? Or a classic Greek myth film, maybe something like Troy or more gods & monsters, either be fine if gonna make use of good story & narrative. Or Lestat in a vamp. film serial? (Tom was a very good Lestat also but a Caviezel Lestat would be an interesting type of more sophisticated charisma too) Just re-watched ta Count recently, superb film all round despite slight un-eveness, but is one of my favourite all time performances in a lead, all thought helped by great stuff & splendid beats all round.

  • July 3, 2012, 8:01 p.m. CST

    Tom Cruise was laughable as Lestat

    by Queefer Sutherland

    One of his worst acting jobs ever. I had to leave the theater because people were kicking my seat and telling me to stop laughing.

  • July 3, 2012, 8:21 p.m. CST

    i'm probably there...

    by Detached

    ... haven't read the books, but a friend who has likes them. this teaser doesn't show that much- pretty much what i would expect from what i know about the story. i'll guess cruise will come through.

  • July 3, 2012, 8:22 p.m. CST

    That movie looks like shite.

    by Ozman X

    Are we supposed to get get excited for this?

  • July 3, 2012, 8:23 p.m. CST

    Just watched the trailer a second time and

    by Clio

    it's worse. I almost wish I had never read the novels so that I could try to enjoy this. But I can't, because this trailer showed nothing at all of the real Reacher character. Cars and guns? Would be great in a Mission Impossible movie, but not here. This would be great if it was a Repairman Jack movie.....Cruise could pull that off. But Cruise will not be the only problem with this one----I can tell that the script will strip away what is best of the Reacher character.

  • July 3, 2012, 8:37 p.m. CST

    Cruise isn't Bruce Lee

    by Queefer Sutherland

    He can't sell the tiny-tough-guy thing. You can see it's an act. Cruise needs to stop trying to prove to us how macho he is. It's like he's compensating for something more than just short-man's syndrome. I find him tiresome these days. Sure, he puts a lot of passion into his acting, but it's all of the same note. He's a one-trick pony. He's done this character over and over again. Enough already, Tommy. I'll never believe you're a tough guy. I've eaten little fucks like you for dessert. I'd break you over my knee and shove your head into your asshole. Mickey Rourke would have KILLED this role. A lot of other actors would. Now we have to suffer through Tom Cruise? No, I don't think so. I might rent it later so my friends and I can make fun of it.

  • July 3, 2012, 8:42 p.m. CST

    xen11 you sad bastard...go back to 'Mindhead' and do one......mug

    by SmokieGeezer

  • I'm guessing Peter Dinklage is also being wooed by the producers to be part of it as well.

  • July 3, 2012, 9:49 p.m. CST


    by David Duchovny

    I don't respect thieves and liars--especially those who steal from the poor, the mentally ill, and the broken. A shame you do. Read up on this cunting thing. There is no fucking way anyone in charge of Scientology actually believes this bullshit.

  • July 3, 2012, 10 p.m. CST

    Give the man a break... but he's still too short

    by theslugline

    Yeah the creepy religion makes it hard to look at him, Yeah I think he has some issues in the relationship department (and yeah, maybe both problems are related...) but he has done some great work over the years. This though, just doesn't cut it. When he's standing in the group of 'thugs', all the 'presence' in the world doesn't cover the fact that he's just too goddamn short!!

  • July 3, 2012, 10:02 p.m. CST

    I'm a fan of the novels, but this title reminded me of Jack Slater from

    by Grammaton Cleric Binks

    The Last Action Hero. I like some of the novels better than others. I'll have to read One Shot again to refresh my memory as to which one that was. The problem, if you can call it that, with the Reacher novels is they bounce around in time. One novel could be set now, the next one in the past, the next one in the very past while he was still in the military. It's the character, not the action that drives the novels, so I hope we see a good chunk of that in the movie. If not, then One Shot will be the only shot.

  • July 3, 2012, 10:39 p.m. CST

    That Skarsgard dude IS Jack Reacher

    by Binkysguy

    That is all

  • July 3, 2012, 10:45 p.m. CST

    That Skarsgard dude would work for me.

    by Queefer Sutherland

    Not as cool as Mickey Rourke, but he'd be great, no doubt. He's got the height. He's about a foot taller than Cruise, and looks like he can actually throw a punch. I'd catch Tom Cruise's punch in my palm and crush his tiny baby knuckles to spongy pulp.

  • July 3, 2012, 11:04 p.m. CST

    That's funny

    by Binkysguy

    Skars also seems to have that cold shark-stare thing down pat. Damn, maybe Reacher would be too much like the True Blood character tonally.

  • July 3, 2012, 11:04 p.m. CST

    Maybe not the best choice

    by M Patel

    Perhaps Javier Bardem might have been a better choice?

  • July 3, 2012, 11:06 p.m. CST

    man.the.king, that gay dude from Big Bang Theory would be a better choice.

    by Queefer Sutherland

  • July 3, 2012, 11:15 p.m. CST


    by Binkysguy

    You'll have to be more specific considering every dude on that show is a screaming bender.

  • July 3, 2012, 11:26 p.m. CST

    queefer, ok we get it!

    by Talkbacker with no name

    Your rants in the russian trailer talkback showed your unhealthy obsession with Cruise. You don't need to go over it again. We get it, so quit the charade. You want to bum him.

  • July 3, 2012, 11:31 p.m. CST

    I still like Cruise

    by Bass Ackwards

    I think the MI franchise is a blast, and that it owes a lot of that to his charm. He did bad ass great in Collateral, and for the most part I pretty much always enjoy a Tom Cruise movie. That said, as a guy who likes Cruise and knows nothing about Reacher, this teaser does nothing for me. It's just too...ordinary, derivative, too been there done that. Maybe the film will surprise, because I am curious why, or what about this project drew Cruise's interest, it seems odd that a guy who has a pretty fair pick of what he wants to do would aim for something so seemingly stale, so maybe there's something more here the teaser isnt letting in? But there really doesn't seem to be anything unique or special about it.

  • July 3, 2012, 11:33 p.m. CST

    talkbacker with no name

    by Queefer Sutherland

    Sorry man. Bad week at work and I really needed some good ranting/trolling. I'll take a break now. I have some work to do anyway.

  • July 4, 2012, 12:11 a.m. CST

    Two Cents

    by Jeff

    Instead of being short, smooth-faced, and high-voiced -- none of which are naturally intimidating at all -- Cruise should've gone for a "less pretty" look and voice that could've given the character an "unstable tweaker" attitude and intimidation. Push a scary-looking scar or two down his cheeks, maybe. Give him an "unwashed" look, with a sweaty, homeless-drunk beard. Show him with noticeably bad skin. I don't know... fuck with his hair more, even. Go for ANY LOOK AT ALL that's actually intimidating. And his voice... wow, wrong. Not intimidating at all. I didn't know anything about Jack Reacher before seeing the Russian trailer the other day, and now this one, but Cruise's voice should convey overtones of menace. But it really doesn't. As I heard it for the first time, I thought, "That's Tom Cruise doing his best 'tough guy' impersonation... except it's almost funny instead of intimidating." Cringe. Others have written that Jack Reacher is supposed to be a tall, broad-shouldered brute you'd never want to fuck with. I'm sorry but Cruise not this person. Not even remotely. It's sort of similar to his portrayal of Claus von Stauffenberg in "Valkyrie" -- he couldn't do a German or English accent AT ALL, unlike almost every other actor on Earth, therefore he ruined the entire film with his hackneyed portrayal of a worthy character. Reacher feels like that here. If Cruise had allowed himself to be "dirtied up," tried a few unfamiliar acting chops on for size, or made a conscious attempt to change or deepen his vocal delivery, he might've been able to come up with something intimidating. But instead he looks silly. And just... wrong for the part. Too bad.

  • July 4, 2012, 1 a.m. CST

    The problem that I have with it...

    by SunTzu77

    ... even from the trailer... Cruise trying to be "intimidating" just isn't believable. They needed someone with more "bravado." I would cast someone like Gerard Butler for the role.

  • July 4, 2012, 1:10 a.m. CST

    Should have benn Josh Holloway.

    by Nick

    Oh well.

  • July 4, 2012, 1:11 a.m. CST


    by Nick


  • July 4, 2012, 1:38 a.m. CST

    Cruise always does things to make himself look cool

    by chien_sale

    He's a monstrous mix of money grabber and God complex.

  • July 4, 2012, 1:46 a.m. CST

    Grammation... ONE SHOT was about...

    by Cheif Brody

    A sniper wiping out a slew of people in a crowded city courtyard with percision expertise. Victims had no connection to each other. Cops have no clue who the shooter could be. <p> But Jack Reacher sees the reports on TV From miles away, and he knows exactly who the shooter is... A man he should have put away back in Kuwait, a soldier... An elite Army sniper who snapped and pulled the exact same shit on innocent women & children in a crowded Kuwaiti street. But MP Reacher was forced to clear this murderer, as to not give the US another black eye in an already bitter war. <p> Now Reacher is a retired MP, the best and baddest of the bunch, bounced out of the Army unceremoniously...having worn out his welcome. Now he must go do what he wanted to do back in Kuwait. Kill that son of a bitch sniper once and for all. Except when he gets there, he finds out... The guy may have been set up as a patsy by someone even more vile. Reacher has to now clear the man he came to kill, and face a world of shit to bring down the real bad guys. <p> As much as they feature that car in the trailer, trust me... It's not Reacher's. He doesn't own a car. It's likely the car of one of the bad guys he beats the shit out of. Reacher doesn't own a gun. He doesn't own a home or even any clothes. He wears an outfit til it gets too dirty (or bloody) and he buys a new outfit and throws the old one away. The only item he carries on him is a folding toothbrush. He uses Western Union to access his Army retirement fund. He rides buses or hitchhikes to get where he wants to go. <p> ONE SHOT was a book where Reacher actively went looking for trouble... In most cases, trouble just finds him. He just wants to see America, something he never got to do as a child of an Army officer, growing up abroad on far flung bases, then serving most of his own career in the Middle East. Yet, somehow, everywhere he goes, he finds someone who needs his help... Some wrong that needs to be righted. Someone powerful trying to oppress the weak. <p> THAT is the Jack Reacher I wanna see. The guy who truly has nothing to lose and puts his life in jeopardy to protect the abused and innocent victims he encounters on his travels. Without the burden of having to read Miranda Rights... Or play by the rules. <p> He really is an involuntary vigilante. Imagine Charles Bronson... Only Military trained to kill, more often than not, with his bare hands... A master of most any weapon he takes off bad guys... And sharp as a tack. <p> I hope Tom can bring SOME of those traits to his portrayal of Reacher... There are 15 other Reacher novels out there I'd love to see get made into movies. I hope JACK REACHER isn't the last one.

  • July 4, 2012, 1:53 a.m. CST

    Literally laughing at queefer


    I hate to harp on the guy..but he's just bringing it on himself. "I'd catch Cruise's punch in my palm and crush his baby knuckles..."--LOL. Love how he thinks he's a bad ass. I bet he's a black belt and trains w/MMA fighters too. Scared of you, bro. Oh, and you closeted f*cks, please be more original w/the play-on-words Reacher jokes. Note that 10 talkbackers ahead of you said the same thing. Snooze-fest.

  • July 4, 2012, 1:57 a.m. CST



    Very good point. He was great in Collateral...his most villainous character to date, even more so than Lestat, IMO. I think once we see more of Reacher, that same vibe will show up, with a bit more hero.

  • July 4, 2012, 2:39 a.m. CST

    I bet the custody battle for Suri will be more entertaining than this.

    by Mr. Pricklepants

  • July 4, 2012, 2:47 a.m. CST

    Dopes Anyone Know Who Jack Bauer Is??

    by Dan Lalonde

    Kiefer Sutherland isn't the most intimidating actor and he made Jack Bauer the biggest bad ass on screen ever. As someone who worked on "M:I-4" Tom Cruise is one of the nicest celebrities around. Shut up with the hate geeks.

  • July 4, 2012, 2:50 a.m. CST

    Xenu: Kicks ASS!

    by btc909

  • July 4, 2012, 3:16 a.m. CST


    by Queefer Sutherland

    Telling me to knock off the hate only makes me want to hate. Thanks for the newfound energy. I'm curious how you know that Cruise is one of the "nicest celerities around." Have you had extended contact with him, or are you just responding to his carefully planned PR? If he gave you a hand job under a restaurant table, that doesn't really count, by the way. As for Queef– er, uh, I mean Keifer, Sutherland, he wasn't that bad ass to me, but he was sure a hell of a lot bad-assier than Tom Cruise. Cruise is just a pretty boy, that's all he is. Sutherland isn't all that pretty, and the fact that he's a giant sociopathic prick really comes through in his performances. He's just playing himself, really, but the man is actually dangerous. That's the difference. Tom Cruise isn't dangerous. He's a male model on the decline.

  • July 4, 2012, 3:57 a.m. CST

    This has GOT to flop, right?

    by Rupee88

    The name doesn't work and people don't like Tom Cruise except in the MI franchise. I know there are fans of the book series but can't be that many of them and many are probably irritated that they didn't cast according to the character in the books. Can't wait till this is released to see it do poorly...may be saved by overseas box office but probably not even that.

  • July 4, 2012, 4:20 a.m. CST

    rupee88, I hope not, you negative fuck!

    by Talkbacker with no name

    Because it's directed by Christopher McQuarrie and I for one have been waiting for his second movie after the fucking brilliant 'Way of the Gun' and want him to make more movies!

  • July 4, 2012, 4:34 a.m. CST


    by SS

    I couldnt give a monkeys toss about Tom Cruise being gay, nuts or the nicest man on earth. Its a bunch of celebrity bull. My problem is the fact Cruise brings so much of that celebrity to any film he is in. So when you get that much celebrity, and its obvious miscasting its really sour. With the exception of Jerry Maguire, Collateral and Magnolia. I'm not saying he cant act, but Tom Cruise is always Tom Cruise, and I want to see Jack Reacher. I've read a few of the books, I think they are daft pulp, but their mean and fight dirty and I like Reacher. So I want to see him not Tom Cruise. Its a pity, I know "Way of the gun" isn't the best film out there, but I've been really looking forward to something new from Christopher McQuarrie. Also, Reacher on film doesn't have to be a muscle head, just hard and calculating, not a super hero, what about Liam Neeson. I'd quite like to see Micheal Shannon as a cold violent anti hero character.

  • July 4, 2012, 4:40 a.m. CST

    Tom isn't intimidating.

    by SunTzu77

    Tom can get by doing Ethan Hunt... your "run of the mill" agent that does "cool stunts" and has some cool "gadgets." Hunt wasn't designed to be "intimidating." Tom can not get by trying to be "Jack Reacher." He simply isn't intimidating. As soon as I heard Tom's V.O. in the trailer... I started chuckling. About the only two people off the top of my head that could probably come off as intimidating are Gerard Butler... and Tom Hardy. Hardy was a monster of a specimen in "Warrior." And, there's a reason why he was cast in "Fury Road" and not someone like Cruise. Cruise simply doesn't exude any bravado.

  • July 4, 2012, 7:14 a.m. CST

    Tom can certainly pull off action, but he's no 'bad-ass'

    by Forthesakeofhumanity

    I agree with the others guys who define his action style as being 'slick' with gadgets, stunts and martial arts, but the guy doesn't have the voice, face or presence to pull off that kind of effortlessly imposing 'tough-guy'. Guys like Sylvester Stallone, Mel Gibson, Tom Hardy and Mickey Rourke are shorter/average guys who have the ability bring that 'edge' to a character and make them seem tough and intimidating, even larger than life. They are just able to channel a certain 'hardness'. Tom Cruise will ALWAYS be that clean-cut, softly spoken, cute-looking guy. He has the acting ability to play menacing characters (Collateral is a decent example of that) or guys who can kick ass, but only in a context that is inherently compatible with what he is able to physically bring to the screen. I've not read any of the 'Reacher' books, but this seems to be an inherently unsuitable role for Cruise, which may well produce cringeworthy results on the screen. Doubt I'll see it.

  • July 4, 2012, 8:15 a.m. CST

    lv_426, so I guess he must have been chowing on the second steak, which was

    by Grammaton Cleric Binks

    succulent and juicy, after going in the back, and beating the chef for not cooking the first one to his liking.

  • July 4, 2012, 8:17 a.m. CST

    damn, how'd this post get in the wrong talkback.

    by Grammaton Cleric Binks

    We need an edit button.

  • July 4, 2012, 8:21 a.m. CST

    cheif brody, didn't need the whole summary, but thanks.

    by Grammaton Cleric Binks

    Okay, it's the sniper one. Yeah I remember that novel. It was one of the better ones. I dig the fact that Reacher goes around with just a passport, ATM card, and toothbrush. That's all he owns. Actually no. There's a few books where he ends up being given a few things, but for the most part he's literally just like Cain in Kung Fu as Jules put it in Pulp Fiction.

  • July 4, 2012, 8:34 a.m. CST

    Doesn't the music sound like...

    by jcrow

    this Scientology clip of Tom Cruise:

  • The war ended because he didn't get to kill anyone during Desert Storm. Fortunately for the killer the 3 soldiers had just raped and murdered a Kuwaiti family. Reached arrested the sniper but was ordered to let him go to avoid anymore bad press. The whole thing was swept under the rug.

  • July 4, 2012, 9:33 a.m. CST

    l. ron wants all of u to see this movie.

    by vulturess

    and if any of u are interested in being the next mrs. cruise, (not u travolta, ur too old.) please make appointment for interview and pod fitting at tom's scientoloony center.

  • July 4, 2012, 11:21 a.m. CST

    Tom Cruise jumped the shark.

    by magazoid

    Every time I see Tom Cruise I see him jumping up and down on Oprah's couch. His career is over.

  • Bad idea to make World War Z in the first place. Now AMC is sweating the return of The Walking Dead because zombies (pardon the pun) are as dead as vampires (Abe Lincoln, anyone?). Star Trek double-whammy. A year late, and JJ Abrams involved again. And GI Joe? Let's kill Channing Tatum, the Rock is as big as he is--oops! Now Jack Reacher? This isn't Drive, it's Drivel!

  • July 4, 2012, 11:48 a.m. CST

    One Shot was such a better title

    by ZoeFan

    John Carter anyone?

  • July 4, 2012, 12:22 p.m. CST

    hahaha it's like they took a thirteen year old boy

    by JAMF

    and pasted tom cruise's face on him in that brawl at the end. hahahaha he looks ridiculous. even hardy as bane can't compare to this craziness.

  • hahahahaha oh man....

  • July 4, 2012, 12:28 p.m. CST

    Why is the music so similar to the Mission Impossible theme?

    by Royston Lodge

  • That's just both pathetic and scary. You look at some of these people and wonder what made them give over control of their lives like that.

  • July 4, 2012, 2:15 p.m. CST

    seems like a giant nose-dive after the success of MI4


    Just when you think the space diety worshipping couch jumping gay midget is back, he releases the massive turd Rock of Ages, and now this, which looks like a Jason Statham B-movie. I am disappoint.

  • July 4, 2012, 2:28 p.m. CST

    As one of the few remaining Tom Cruise fans, that Trailer was bleh..

    by ganymede3010

    Tom needs a big hit really bad, and from the looks of it this isn't it.

  • July 4, 2012, 4:01 p.m. CST

    It was the 1970s

    by emeraldboy

    early 1980s and the son of a dublin butcher. went to New york. He was very over weight. but when he came back to dublin, people could not believe the transformation. He look fit and tanned. He found yoga. and his name was Tony Quinn. Suddenly. tony quinn yoga classes started to appear around dublin. This started what was called the tony quinn organisation. if you get one people in a room and charge them 10 pounds that is 100 pounds easy. and 100 for tony quinn. In the 1980s there was this thing called OPM. Other people money. and quinn used this to con people out of there money. but there were people who hung on his every word. and attacked people who criticized him has being negative. He left the yoga business behind and went into the health store business. and developed a chain of health stores and he started to give talks where you could learn the secrets of Tony Quinn's business success. on all the basis of OPM. and he developed courses on life extension. how to live forever. The irish govt has tried to investigate. where his money goes. most of it off shore and untraceable. Tony quinn lives in the bahamas and does courses which cost 50,000 euro to do. His staff would recruit people by walking through down and pick helpless off the streets and convince them that by joining the TQO they would have a better life, its a load of bollocks. but I know of one major star who claims to be a friend of quinns and that is Sean Connery. Sean use to be a boxer. tony quinn used to masquerade as a sport psychologist. untill the steve collins debacle. collins claimed that quinn brainwashed into killing chris Eubank at a boxing match. Collins snapped out of it. Collins later said that Quinn fleeced him dry financially. Tony quinn got a lot of bad press. and very rarely gives interviews to the irish press. his use of hynopsis is both controversial and dangerous and he has been accused of using this as a form of mind control. people around him dont say a bad word about him. nor do they ask where there money is going. His company went looking for oil in belies. and that is the subject of court action in ireland. investor or suing him because they claim he bled them dry and he has been accused to using this to take control of an oil company. the case is ongoing. and he has now gone into gym franchising. his education company is called educo and he publishes newsletters underthat name and his gym franchise is called that. I have very personal reasons for stating all this. I am not associated with this guy or anything like. oh and I have heard the stories of the people who have left tony quinn and have been mentally and financially broken in the process.

  • July 4, 2012, 4:32 p.m. CST

    I'm a fan of Tom Cruise's..

    by Red_Right_Return

    Ex-wives. Nicole Kidman in her prime.. Nice.. Plus, L. Ron Hubbard wrote some decent Science Fiction books, not great by any standard. Even that one about this religion he could sell to idiots. Why name it Scientology though? It has nothing to do with science. Should have named it "The Farce."

  • July 4, 2012, 5:27 p.m. CST

    its called Scientology

    by emeraldboy

    because its one part science one part technology.

  • July 4, 2012, 7:17 p.m. CST

    Still improper name..

    by Red_Right_Return

    Call it Sciencefictionology.

  • July 4, 2012, 9:24 p.m. CST

    Queefer Sutherland

    by Dan Lalonde

    I never met Kiefer so I can't say to him as a person. What did he do to you? I do BG work in Vancouver so I judge celebrities by how they treat other extras and crew. All the crew and BG who talked with him said he was friendly and polite. Shia Labeuff would come up and introduce himself and joke around. Matt Damon would call everyone dude. The worst is Steven Seagal.

  • July 4, 2012, 10:44 p.m. CST

    He was convincing in Collateral

    by ugh

  • July 4, 2012, 10:45 p.m. CST

    ...just not here. what a sorry ass trailerQ

    by ugh

  • July 4, 2012, 11:17 p.m. CST


    by Thomas

    You wrote :"Tom needs a big hit really bad, and from the looks of it this isn't it. Get your head out of your ass, for brains. MI4 is about to pass $700 mil. Knight & Day $260+ mil. Valkyrie $200 mil. The guy makes bank and your jealous ass can't stand it. Try and makes sense when you post. Better yet.....hold your breath for 20mins.

  • July 5, 2012, 12:58 a.m. CST

    Should have been Tom Hardy

    by steven18k

  • July 5, 2012, 3:38 a.m. CST

    Animal Mother!

    by Con Shonnery

    Adam Baldwin = Jack Reacher

  • July 5, 2012, 9:56 a.m. CST


    by Hipshot

    Probably no real PR battle. She probably had a five-year contract, after which she gets fifty million dollars and keeps her mouth shut.

  • The thing I generally liked about Cruise was how he maintained a definitive persona while also playing a wide diversity of roles. He was always doing something different. Note that in the fifteen years between Taps and Mission Impossible, none of his characters ever carried a gun. I remember an interview where he said that he signed on for the first MI flick because he'd never really played an action hero, and he wanted to give it a try. But then, there's the 17-year period between MI and now. Way too many characters in that period are way too similar to Ethan Hunt. In the past 17 years we've had four MI movies, plus Minority Report, plus Knight and Day, and now Jack Reacher. Plus, I'd say his character in War of the Worlds is simply Ethan Hunt without a gun, and his character in The Last Samurai is simply Ethan Hunt with a sword. Ok, that post MI period also gave us Eyes Wide Shut, Magnolia, Vanilla Sky, Valkyrie, Tropic Thunder, and Rock of Ages, so clearly Cruise does still do non-Ethan Hunt characters. Still, it really seems that all his characters have become too similar. Even in Tropic Thunder Les Grossman felt like "Tom Cruise doing an impression of a Hollywood executive". I don't think he's truly stretched his acting muscles since Lestat.

  • July 5, 2012, 3 p.m. CST

    With niell jordan...

    by emeraldboy

    at the helm of any film you really have to work very hard. he is a very rhetorical filmmaker. and you can tell he is also a novellist. when he gives interviews. he tends to punctuate his answers with you know what i mean? and neill jordan comes from a very artistic family. but he does push his actors very hard. oh and he was once told by someone very high up in the academy. that winning an oscar doesnt matter because a nomination is the equivalent of getting a membership key to an exclusive club.

  • July 5, 2012, 11:18 p.m. CST

    I woulda cast...

    by lightwriter

    Jeffery Dean Morgan if he could get into fighting shape. I don't know how tall he is, but he's got the anti-hero look and voice. Then hire a notable actor for the bad guy to help the box office (since JDM won't pack the theater by himself). Chris Hemsworth may have worked physically, but I don't think he has the voice. For some reason I think Reacher needs to *sound like a bad ass as well as look like one....

  • July 6, 2012, 9:43 a.m. CST

    Why it had to be someone like Cruise.

    by Royston Lodge

    The story for this movie seems pretty generic. It'll only get bums in seats if the lead is amongst the top box-office superstars on the planet. That means Tom Cruise, or Will Smith. If you put someone like Jeffrey Dean Morgan, or Gerard Butler, or whoever, into the role, then it might be a BETTER movie, but it wouldn't be as big a box-office draw. The trailers would be laughed at in the Talkbacks as "Generic Action Movie #264".

  • July 6, 2012, 3:52 p.m. CST


    by thefiendishdrwu

    way to ruin my day you cock sucking cultist. tom cruise has to be the worst fucking pick for Reacher. Reacher is supposed to be a predator, a killer and a bad mother fucker. not Jerry fucking McGuire. fuck.