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Terry Malloy Would Like To See Further Adventures From JACK REACHER!!

Published at: Dec. 21, 2012, 7:01 p.m. CST

 

 

 

What’s up, Contenders? Terry Malloy here reporting live from the Waterfront.

 

You know why I read JACK REACHER novels? Because they are pretty awesome action movies in novel form. Author/Creator Lee Child’s take on the archetype of the wanderer-hero is consistently entertaining, taut, fun, and reliable. 

 

You know why I go see Tom Cruise movies? Because the guy doesn’t phone his work in. He brings the first fruits of his talents to just about every project he touches. He is consistently entertaining. One could call him… reliable.

 

And although the marriage of the Jack Reacher character with Tom Cruise’s physique is questionable at best, dubious at worst; the fact remains that JACK REACHER, opening this weekend, is a completed feature film...ready for the masses...and Tom Cruise’s name gets top billing.

 

 

And other than the unavoidable fact that Tom Cruise simply doesn’t fit the physical description of the gargantuan Jack Reacher from the novels, the otherwise obvious pairing of consistently reliable thrillers to America’s go-to leading man is pretty obvious, and pretty successful.

 

This film is an adaptation of the Lee Child novel ONE SHOT, which is installment number 9 in a series of 17 books (and counting) featuring the Jack Reacher character. There is no denying that Lee Child has cooked up a wonderful central character for his action-thriller yarns. Reacher is the full package as far as action heroes go. 13 years as a military policeman gives him the experience and training that all good detectives and mystery solvers need. And his towering size makes him a formidable opponent in any physical altercation. And Reacher gets into a lot of those. But his size can also mask his genius as an investigator (big guys are all lunkheads, right?). All the Reacher novels I’ve read so far (4, including ONE SHOT most recently) have taken place after Reacher’s time in the Army. He walked away from the service and lives an a-typical life. He wanders, spends only cash, gives aliases everywhere he goes, and possesses nothing more than the clothes on his back. He’s a ronin. Or possibly more accurately, he is Bill Bixby’s Bruce Banner. He’s going to wander into your town, and somehow trouble is going to find him. He always does what is right according to his code, but you won’t like him when he’s angry.

 

In JACK REACHER, a shockingly horrific mass shooting via sniper rifle takes place in Pittsburgh. Within 16 hours the police have their suspect in custody and the evidence appears rock solid. The suspect is largely silent upon questioning, but writes down three words on a piece of paper: Get Jack Reacher. Sure enough, Reacher has already seen the news and arrives on the scene in dramatic fashion. The only hitch is that Reacher is preoccupied with burying the suspect rather than clearing his name. So why would James Barr (Joseph Sekura) ask for Reacher by name? Such is the set up for a pretty killer little murder-mystery-action-conspiracy flick.

 

Nothing in JACK REACHER is going to change your life. It isn’t the best action film of the year, and it won’t make many top ten lists. But I think longtime fans of the novels, who will have to move past the formidable obstacle of seeing Cruise in the role of their beloved bruiser, have a lot to enjoy here. And in some ways, the final product is so slick and polished that fans may ultimately have to thank Cruise for having an enormous hand in this film being made.

 

Cruise is the driving force here, from what I can gather. He is credited as a producer , along with his frequent collaborator Paula Wagner. Cruise producing and starring, from a beloved preexisting book franchise, gets a movie greenlit. But from that point on, the final product will come down to who Cruise and Co. find to helm their film. And they chose wisely. Christopher McQuarrie (THE USUAL SUSPECTS, THE WAY OF THE GUN) both adapts Child’s novel and directs and does a damn fine job in both roles. Having just read the novel, my take is that he remained quite faithful to the source while streamlining it in some of the smartest ways that good screenwriters do. The location is different, more iconic. Some characters disappear or get amalgamated into one another. Some montages cover what whole chapters spelled out. And really, that is what a real fan of the novels wants, right? You want the spirit of the character. You want the thrills you get as the noose tightens around the villains and as Reacher puts crook after crook in the hospital or worse. Cruise and McQuarrie bring you what you want. 

 

So if I’m willing to say they bring what you want, that must mean I’m on board with the action, right? Yep, pretty much. There are some really fun action sequences here, from fistfights to car chases to shoot outs.

 

 

 

 

 

Some of these sequences are pumped up from what happens in the book. And some are a little frustrating and frivolous, feeling shoehorned to up the action-factor and remind us that this isn’t just a murder mystery. One particular fight towards the end of the film includes that moment where the hero and villain put down their guns so that they can duke it out, man to man.

 

 

Although I think the fight sequence is awesome; Lethal and rain-drenched for maximum dramatic effect… it doesn’t feel like something Jack Reacher would do. It feels like action movie logic.

And as an action fan, I’m grateful for a good fight scene. But Reacher is too smart and efficient for a silly fight like that. Then there is a car chase which happens mid-film which doesn’t happen in the book at all. At first, I found myself a little annoyed at a “mandatory car chase” happening. But this is one of those moments where McQuarrie got to flex his adaptation muscles. The car chase adds a twist to it which sold the whole thing for me. Police are chasing Reacher, but Reacher is chasing the bad guys. It is almost as if the cops are a pesky aside to his real mission, and I really dig that cool confidence. So the car chase offers some plot progression, a little insight into Reacher’s relentlessness, AND ends up being pretty brawny to boot. I went from skeptical to impressed all in one big set piece. 

 

 

 

I’ve also got to mention the cast, which really fill this thing out well. If Tom Cruise starring was frustrating to some geeks, almost all of those same people immediately re-upped their interest in JACK REACHER when they heard Werner Herzog would play the lead heavy in the film. And Herzog acquits himself well! Although The Zec features more prominently in the novel, Herzog is a perfect physical manifestation of this frightening relic of a bygone age of criminals.

 

 

 

 Rosamund Pike (WRATH OF THE TITANS) plays the defense lawyer Helen Rodin, who teams up with Reacher. I really like her screen presence. I’d love to see Pike rise above generic blonde female lead status, myself. Here’s to hoping she can pull it off. Richard Jenkins is kind of wasted here as the prosecutor (who is also Helen Rodin’s Dad), but he’s always amazing even if his character is trivial. Then you’ve got David Oyelowo (RISE OF THE PLANET OF THE APES) who is really good as the dick-ish Murder Investigator, but needs to be careful he isn’t always playing a dick-ish side character! And rounding us out, a VERY fun role for Robert Duvall to sink his teeth into. His Cash (a retired Marine sniper) is virtually identical to the character in the book and I couldn’t be more happy about that. He gets in a little on screen action and acts as a nice counterpoint to Reacher. He’s old and cranky, but still has an edge. If you dig Robert Duvall, I think it’ll be obvious to you that he is having a great time with this small role and his casting was brilliant.

 

The only question remaining is whether mass audiences will respond to this vehicle. Are we going to see the further adventures of Jack Reacher on screen?  Because one can virtually guarantee that if Tom Cruise can’t sell JACK REACHER to the world, then Lee Child’s creation is going to live on only in book form for the foreseeable future. Sure, Cruise’s casting has been controversial among fans. But pre-existing fans are only a small fraction of the audience needed for JACK REACHER to be a hit. The fact is MOST people, period, don’t know who Jack Reacher is. And Tom Cruise is the Jack Reacher that (hopefully) mass audiences are going to meet through this film. I think Cruise and McQuarrie have crafted an effective, if harmless, PG-13 action-thriller that has the potential to be the beginning of a fun and fruitful franchise. 

 

 

 

 

And I’m Out.

 

 

 

Terry Malloy AKA Ed Travis

 

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  • Dec. 21, 2012, 7:08 p.m. CST

    lame shit

    by Creative

  • Dec. 21, 2012, 7:08 p.m. CST

    should be R and should be a better actor. fucking crap

    by Creative

  • Dec. 21, 2012, 7:11 p.m. CST

    and fuck you too AICN for promotong this filth

    by Creative

  • Dec. 21, 2012, 7:17 p.m. CST

    Is it safe to assume you have not seen the film, killer_instinct?

    by Ed Travis

  • Dec. 21, 2012, 7:19 p.m. CST

    i like rubbin weenies

    by batzilla

    tweet tweet tweet ROCKIN' WEENIES! TWEET TWEET TWEET!

  • Dec. 21, 2012, 7:28 p.m. CST

    I doubt Terry has seen it for a month.

    by JudasPriestly

  • Dec. 21, 2012, 7:39 p.m. CST

    Huge fan of the Reacher books, loved the movie.

    by MadMo

    "Jack Reacher" movie rocks!

  • Dec. 21, 2012, 7:50 p.m. CST

    then waste my money on a corporate pg13 money grab

    by Creative

  • Dec. 21, 2012, 8:03 p.m. CST

    I love the sound of a big ol' Chevy engine.

    by Royston Lodge

    I'll be seeing this movie just for the car. Kinda wish it was a Malibu instead of an SS. Can't have it all, I suppose.

  • Dec. 21, 2012, 8:04 p.m. CST

    TOM CRUISE SUCKS

    by Margot Tenenbaum

    MERRY CHRISTMAS

  • Dec. 21, 2012, 8:31 p.m. CST

    Have you...

    by E

    Seen it for a month? No? GTFO then!!!

  • about as much as I believe him that he went and watched every single episode of "Alias" when he was first looking at hiring Abrams as the MI3 director...

  • Dec. 21, 2012, 9:20 p.m. CST

    Bill Bixby was David Banner, not Bruce Banner.

    by Fritzlorrerains

    FACT!

  • Dec. 21, 2012, 10:49 p.m. CST

    Mini Reacher lmfao

    by HoraceSkinner

    But seriously Cruise is better at what he does than all of you. He could also fuck you're wives, girlfriends, and / or brothers

  • Dec. 21, 2012, 10:59 p.m. CST

    Re: theseeker7

    by SK229

    Yes I do. Some people think he should be committed, but there's no denying that he IS committed.

  • Dec. 21, 2012, 11:30 p.m. CST

    JACK REACHER??? I WOULD RATHER SEE ARTHUR TREACHER!

    by Simpsonian

  • Dec. 22, 2012, 3:22 a.m. CST

    Yeah, I can believe that Cruise read the Reacher books...

    by Terry Powell

    ...they are page turners and you could easily read on in a day(I usually have to force myself to stop so I could make the things last a couple of days. This doesn't look bad. I don't care about the rating, I've seen some really good thrillers that were rated pg13 or lower and some awful ones rated R( and oftentimes the only reason for the R rating is countless uses of the word "fuck", not exactly what I need to pay15 to 20 bucks to experience it on the big screen). The casting doesn't really bother me too much, I've been disappointed in the casting of so many(I'm still fuming about Chevy Chase as Fletch) that I can take Cruise. Except, while many bitch about the size of Cruise, I am more concerned about his age. Look, there are a lot of badasses out there who are small men. Met some guys in the army that were about the size of Vern Troyer(slight exageration) but you did not want to fuck with. But Cruise is fifty. Why would you start what could be a frachise about a badass, at fifty. He may be able to pull it off now, but for how long? Then again, that Machete guy is what, 80? So what do I know.

  • Dec. 22, 2012, 3:32 a.m. CST

    Would have preferred...

    by Ninja Nerd

  • Dec. 22, 2012, 3:38 a.m. CST

    ...Viggo or anyone...

    by Ninja Nerd

    Ape, chimpanzee or gibbon. Anyone but Cruise. Hey, I like most of movies but Jack Reacher he isn't. Also wish they'd gone more chronological - a lot of shit happens to Reacher in the books. One Shot isn't my favorite. 61 Hours was very good, actually like The Affair probably the best.

  • Dec. 22, 2012, 5:25 a.m. CST

    What's interesting about wat ching a hulking tall guy

    by Glenn

    beat the shit out of people? Isn't that, in concept, kinda dull and played out in countless other films? I never equated height/build with lack of brains so if that's what the novels' conceit are, then that's silly to begin with. Paul Newman wasn't tall and he kicked ass. Sly's a shorty. Alan Ladd was stigmatized by his nontallness, however. Antonio Banderas ain't big (I've stood next to him). Walhberg's only about 5'8" max (stood next to him too). It's more interesting dramatically. Here's a good example: The viking guy in 13th Warrior, Buliwyf's main sidekick warrior. Dennis Storhoi. Not tall. Macho as fuck, and charismatic. And let me remind you all: Hannibal Lecter, in the books, is a towering 9'2" but they got Cox and Hopkins. Again, 9'2".

  • Dec. 22, 2012, 5:31 a.m. CST

    I've been reading reviews for about a month now

    by Nicoflex

  • Dec. 22, 2012, 5:36 a.m. CST

    Why not make Cruise look taller with CGI?

    by Gary Makin

  • Dec. 22, 2012, 7:09 a.m. CST

    Cruise made Nicole Kidman's 5'9" appear towering

    by CaptainAction

  • Dec. 22, 2012, 9:01 a.m. CST

    Makes me think two things...

    by tangcameo

    1. Anne Rice bumping into Lee Child at a book convention and her saying. "Welcome to the club." 2. Makes me wish someone would faithfully adapt one of the Michael Slade novels, like Headhunter or Ripper. Just no Tom Cruise please.

  • Dec. 22, 2012, 9:13 a.m. CST

    A 50 year old gay midget is not very menacing. Fail.

    by Bobo_Vision

  • There are so many kinds of wrong in that statement.

  • WTF?

  • Dec. 22, 2012, 9:40 a.m. CST

    I gave Cruise a "pass" for height

    by Hipshot

    So long as I liked the rest of the movie. After all--movies have often changed or exaggerated characteristics of actors. Whites cast as Indians, Asians, or Blacks (Lone Ranger, Iron Man 3, A Mighty Heart), women cast in male roles (Salt), Blacks cast in roles associated with whites (Wild, Wild West) or gay transvestites cast as heterosexual police detectives (Alex Cross). So since they didn't want to cast The Rock, I figured I'd see what Cruise did with it. He did have some of that Force of Nature energy, but I wanted more. Movie was O.K., but not the kind of dynamite I'd hoped for.

  • Dec. 22, 2012, 10:07 a.m. CST

    A list of gay quotes from this review:

    by Bobo_Vision

    ...the wanderer-hero is consistently entertaining, taut, fun... (Taut? Really?) He brings the first fruits of his talents to just about every project he touches ...the marriage of the Jack Reacher character with Tom Cruise’s physique is questionable. Reacher is the full package.. Reacher gets into a lot of those. the formidable obstacle of seeing Cruise in the role of their beloved bruiser.. the final product is so slick and polished. ..fans may ultimately have to thank Cruise for having an enormous hand Cruise is the driving force here. Some characters disappear or get amalgamated into one another. ..hero and villain put down their guns so that they can duke it out, man to man. a little insight into Reacher’s relentlessness, AND ends up being pretty brawny to boot. you’ve got David Oyelowo who is really good as the dick-ish Murder Investigator, but needs to be careful he isn’t always playing a dick-ish side character! that has the potential to be the beginning of a fun and fruitful franchise. AND the most Harry Knowles-esque sentence is: The fact is MOST people, period, don’t know who Jack Reacher is. (usually a period goes at the end of the sentence.....period)

  • Dec. 22, 2012, 11:25 a.m. CST

    (tip of the hat to bobo-vision)

    by Jacob Underhill

    Nicely done.

  • Dec. 22, 2012, 11:49 a.m. CST

    Irish actor Jack Reynor offered Transformers 4 lead role

    by FreeBeer

  • Dec. 22, 2012, 11:49 a.m. CST

    So, is that other guy out, or what?

    by FreeBeer

  • Dec. 22, 2012, 11:53 a.m. CST

    dedrek

    by Bobo_Vision

    Inspired by you.

  • Dec. 22, 2012, 12:04 p.m. CST

    Seeker

    by Dan Anthony

    He's pretty obsessive, and the books are an easy read. I'd believe it.

  • Dec. 22, 2012, 2:13 p.m. CST

    Billy Barty would have made a more convincing Jack Reacher

    by Heresy

    Too bad he's dead...

  • Dec. 22, 2012, 2:22 p.m. CST

    mini Reacher conducting an E-Meter interrogation

    by HoLottaMo

    fucking Thetan scumbag

  • Dec. 22, 2012, 4:22 p.m. CST

    you know why i go see tom cruise movies?

    by iampain

    oh wait- i dont go see tom cruise movies. nm.

  • Dec. 22, 2012, 4:49 p.m. CST

    Smart noir; Ace script

    by madmaximustdie

    This is what we want more of from Hollywood -- a smart script with great direction and a flawless cast. If you don't like Cruise or violence or noir or smart storytelling, go to Smurfs 2. This is a class entry in its genre regardless of what Haters spew. I hope they do a sequel.

  • Dec. 22, 2012, 4:52 p.m. CST

    It's not his size that bothers me. It's his voice.

    by Royston Lodge

    After all these years, I've associated his voice (fairly or unfairly) with 'nice guy' characters. It's too hard to imagine that voice coming out of the mouth of a bad-ass.

  • Dec. 22, 2012, 5:37 p.m. CST

    @bobo_vision : That was actually remarkably funny!

    by Ed Travis

    I'm sure it took some effort to pull all those quotes, but I got a chuckle out of it.

  • Dec. 22, 2012, 6:04 p.m. CST

    Hope to see more

    by james odonnell

    I enjoyed it as well as long as I suspended my belief of TC as JR. Two scene made me laugh out loud, TC walking into a bar and looking a head taller than everyone else where was he drinking in the shire? Second one line in the book, "we are looking for someone that can kill a girl in one punch" which fits perfectly with literary jack Reacher size and all but TC doesn't really invoke one-punch knockouts when I think of him.

  • Dec. 22, 2012, 6:54 p.m. CST

    tom cruise = 1 tough mean badass muthafucka.

    by chainsaw autotune

    a tom cruise production. HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Dec. 22, 2012, 7:04 p.m. CST

    How about a GOR remake?

    by Teddy Artery

    But... Jack Reacher? Who needs this?

  • Dec. 22, 2012, 9:09 p.m. CST

    Person of interest:The Movie

    by glue

  • Dec. 22, 2012, 9:40 p.m. CST

    Cruise is VERY watchable and a very fine actor ... its true.

    by GINGE_MUPPET

  • Dec. 22, 2012, 11:21 p.m. CST

    Why all the Cruise hate?

    by Andy

    Don't understand the hate for someone who has entertained us through cinema since the 80's and is still doing it today. Anyone who hates cruise cannot be a film lover and therefore any comments made by you are null and void. Ass wipes!!!! Jack Reacher looks wicked. Ill be there on Boxing Day enjoying another solid movie from one of cinema's finest. Bit of love for the Cruise, you're damn right. I'm a movie goer and loved cinema for the last 40 years and I've enjoyed and been entertained by every film he's been in. Get a grip for fuck sake!!!

  • Dec. 22, 2012, 11:57 p.m. CST

    I've heard this film compared to THE OUTLAW JOSEY WALES

    by James

    but I think that the person that said that was high.

  • Wow. Just. Wow. What a twist.

  • That's new a new one on me. I read "Red Dragon" but that was over 20 years ago. But was this mention in this novel or one of the other books. I did do a google..but I can't find anything on Lectors height.

  • Dec. 23, 2012, 7:45 a.m. CST

    Whoops

    by Glenn

    Not like me to err twice in one post. I meant, 10'5". That's 10'5".

  • Dec. 23, 2012, 9:55 a.m. CST

    I'm rooting for this, and I really enjoy Cruise's movies.

    by Wcwlkr

    You nailed it in saying he's reliable, he is. Say what you want about the man's personal life I could care less. His movies are damn entertaining. Even Vanilla Sky as depressing as that movie was was watchable and his performance was heart breaking.

  • Dec. 23, 2012, 11:36 a.m. CST

    Here's the reason for the Tom Cruise hate

    by Margot Tenenbaum

    TOM CRUISE SUCKS MERRY CHRISTMAS

  • Dec. 23, 2012, 2:17 p.m. CST

    Tanked. Thanks Cruise. Thanks casting director.

    by Bob

    With a budget of $60 mil, this tanked pretty hard with a paltry $15 mil. With Les Miserable going into wider release and and DJANGO on Xmas day, this is pretty much DOA.

  • Dec. 23, 2012, 7:57 p.m. CST

    Bottom line...

    by vettebro

    Good movie! I seriously wonder how most everyone failed to comment how fuckable Rosamund Pike is in this movie. She is awesomely hot and now has moved up to #1 on my top 10 list. Seriously a natural beauty. Nice tits too! ; )

  • Dec. 24, 2012, 3:59 a.m. CST

    I have read all 17 books. We NEED Reacher to succeed:

    by Cheif Brody

    He's the modern day Charles Bronson. He does shit the cops don't want...or are not allowed to do. He doesn't ever look for trouble... it finds him. He never sticks his nose (horribly broken throughout the entire last novel "A Wanted Man", btw) into people's business... but he can smell a mile away when someone "powerful" is stirring up shit and keeping the weak down.And that pisses him off. He will not stop until whoever is behind the shit stirring gets a taste of his own medicine. Period. <p> That's why Reacher is 6 foot 5 in the novels. He looks like a dumb, lumbering oaf. But he is ALWAYS the smartest guy in the room. Always five steps ahead of whatever idiot decides to take him on mentally...or physically. He's a wonderfully crafted, fully realised character that you WANT on your side. <p> Now...I have not seen Reacher yet...but the few clips I've seen on the late nite talk shows me cringe. First off, Jack Reacher is a horrible driver. He admits this himself in several of the books. He does not own a car. When he drives, he "borrows" cars from common thugs who are stupid enough to confront him...or are running a drug ring out of them from on the street. Sometimes the people he chooses to help loan him their car. But he doesn't "enjoy" driving. Reacher hitchhikes or rides buses to get wherever the wind is blowing that day. He's an "adequate" driver. Tom Cruise is obviously proud of all the fancy driving he got to do in this movie...and I just wanna bust him in the chops for this blatant "action movie hero" addition to Reacher's already impressive resume. <p> At the end of the chase, Reacher steps out of the still moving car (ala Bruce Willis in RED) and seemlessly "blends into a nearby crowd" waiting for a bus...as the cops chasing him pass him right by. That's all fine and dandy when you're 5'2". But, Reacher from the novels NEVER has that luxury. He stands head and shoulders above everyone on the street...He's a big, barrell chested dude. He can't ever just "blend in" like that. It's one of the corners Lee Child painted himself into by making Reacher a beheamoth. Reacher rarely "hides" from anyone in the books...as much as Reacher cherishes his privacy...he can never be anonymous to anyone who sees him. He's instantly recognizable. <p> That one short clip really put me off this film version...but I plan on plunking down my 10 bucks to see it...cuz I seriously want to see MORE of these books get made into movies. Some are practically screenplays ready to go. Others...I have a hard time imagining any studio would green light. The last one is just full of long ass driving scenes (Reacher being FORCED to drive, none the less) across vacant rural landscapes in the midwest...and yet, the book is riveting to read. (I finished it inside of a week). Not so sure how it would translate to screen. <p> I want America to take to Reacher as I have...he is one of the best "reluctant hero archtypes" created in a long, long time. <p> I want people to meet his (even taller) brother...and the rest of his military cop crew that got uncerimoniously dismissed by the gov't, who occasionally have to team up to get each other out of deadly jams . <p> I just pray that this Cruise casting...while making perfect business sense...doesn't end up sinking this franchise before it got a chance to get off the ground. BTW, Glue...I watch PERSON OF INTEREST exclusively because Caviezel & that character remind me so much of Jack Reacher. I'd like to think Jim Caviezel could have gotten more than 15 million on opening weekend.

  • Dec. 24, 2012, 8:05 a.m. CST

    sigh....

    by mojoman69

    this is a bad movie, poorly paced, poorly edited. Herzog is wasted and looks like he was taken from the Bond henchman playbook. Jenkins is wasted. Pike looksl like a deer with her eyes caught in the headlights through most of the movie. i would avoid this hot mess

  • Dec. 24, 2012, 9:50 a.m. CST

    "period," in the middle of a sentence... That's hilarious

    by Autodidact

    Guys, professional writers are supposed to consider the specifics of their words. Tom Cruise doesn't suck. He kicks ass. This all just looks a bit generic, right down to the title being the character's name. Honey, I got that movie you wanted: LARRY CROWNE. I'll probably end up seeing it on blu-ray.

  • Dec. 24, 2012, 9:52 a.m. CST

    ^ great post Chief Brody

    by Autodidact

  • Dec. 24, 2012, 10:35 a.m. CST

    Jack

    by Mr.Twotimes

    Reach-around

  • Dec. 24, 2012, 1:22 p.m. CST

    I saw it and liked it a lot! Cruise as Reacher works.

    by Zardoz

    The size-thing is just a non-issue. It's a smart, taut, suspenseful, action-thriller. And it's funny, too! One scene with 2 "keystone-criminals" had me laughing out loud. Fuck the Cruise haters! Go see it!

  • Dec. 24, 2012, 2:53 p.m. CST

    at this rate Shia Laturd will be cast as Reacher's brother

    by HoLottaMo

    Tom Cruise in another highly choreographed fight - didn't work for me. Totally missed the feel of the book and character.

  • Dec. 25, 2012, 8:06 a.m. CST

    SHOULDA USED ERIC BANA...

    by the desolate son

    ...or Chris Hemsworth. Far closer to the proper height, and far more likeable actors. Not Cruise-bashing, I like many of his films, just stating an opinion.

  • Dec. 25, 2012, 1:07 p.m. CST

    Never read the books, but a friend suggested The Rock

    by Dp

    He would fit the "looks dumb and muscly" thing.

  • Dec. 25, 2012, 3:36 p.m. CST

    Kevin Durand would have made a good Reacher

    by BigTuna

  • http://www.aintitcool.com/node/5758

  • And then i saw The Hobbit. Whatever moron thought it wise to cast Ian McKellan as a 60 year younger version of himself while looking 10 years older and playing the exact same part as Lord of the Rings.. needs to be shot. Now, granted I never read the books so maybe on the page Gandalf is a never aging Wizard, at which point the question would be why he decided to look like a 70 year old Ian McKellan instead of like a 30-ish Ian McKellan.. but on the screen the results were horrid. Having him as Old Gandalf at the start is fine, but the wisened old guy he was in LoTR needed to be a younger, more energetic and adventurous, less experienced version of himself. Not the same fucking thing 60 years earlier. If we can get Ewan McGregor to pull off young Obi-Wan, it would have been great to have another actor pull off Younger Gandalf.

  • Dec. 25, 2012, 8:29 p.m. CST

    Cruise delivers again

    by thot

    The guy is solid and knows how to deliver satisfying and greatly entertaining films. Jack Reacher is a nice slice of the detective/action genre. The movie takes the time to build up characters we can care about nicely unravel the mystery and give us an ass-kicking of an ending. More Jack Reacher? I say 'yes'.

  • Dec. 25, 2012, 8:44 p.m. CST

    Tom Cruise as ANT-MAN....

    by evilhoban

    (I apologize if anyone floated that out already...)

  • A little dissapointed that this R rated movie is pg-13. This is because our society is sick as fuck. Then again pg-13 means more chance of it making money. Besides that it's great if you were worried it was gonna be pussified by a pg-13. It feels like an R with it's violence but for the love of god don't show tits as that might corrupt our youth into being heterosexual instead of violence worshipers. It's a huge crowd pleaser and everyone is cheering and it's quite funny. Never read the books so no issues with cruise being short. This is a fun action movie you should see immediately if you ever liked lethal weapon or payback. Reacher shows Nolan how to make a satisfying fight scene all through the movie. Recommended.

  • Dec. 26, 2012, 1:43 p.m. CST

    Rumored, re Lecter's physical height...

    by Darth Macchio

    He's actually 317cm tall. This comes out to 124.8 inches which breaks down to 124 & 3/4 inches or 10ft 4^3/4 inches. That's where people are getting confused I think. It's all in how many decimal places you take your math. Oh yeah - he had red eyes in the book too. Maroon is how Harris described them I think.

  • Dec. 26, 2012, 1:59 p.m. CST

    Anne Rice was only initially concerned...

    by Darth Macchio

    ...she said something to the affect of hiring Cruise and Pitt were akin to hiring Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn to play her vampire characters. Then she saw the work and apparently changed her take...ended up being very happy with their portrayals.

  • Dec. 26, 2012, 10:25 p.m. CST

    Lecter was TEN FEET TALL?

    by Dp

    Wha?

  • Dec. 26, 2012, 10:29 p.m. CST

    Tom Cruise is the Rich Man's William Shatner.

    by Queefer Sutherland

    This guy has such a large opinion of himself, but he NEVER convinces me he is the character he's portraying. He's always intense; the guy has no trouble overracting but his library of inflection is limited. Totally Shatner.