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Jack Reacher Theatrical Trailer: Little Actor, Big Pants, Lots Of Boom

By TK | Trailers | October 18, 2012 | Comments ()


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I'm trying, y'all. I'm trying to divest myself from the Jack Reacher of One Shot, the novel, and accept the one from Jack Reacher, the soon-to-be released film starring Tom Cruise. As I've said before, I actually enjoy Cruise as an actor -- given a certain range, he can be terrific. And yet, the sheer physicality of the novel's character, a 6'5" 250 pound beast of a man... well, that's hard to reconcile.

But I'll say this, I suppose. If I didn't know anything about the novels, I'd be mildly interested in Jack Reacher. This one is better than the teaser that aired a while back, though it's got little to separate itself from the average actioner. That said, it's directed by Christopher McQuarrie, who wrote The Usual Suspects and wrote/directed the underrated The Way Of The Gun. And it features Werner Herzog as the big bad. So there's that. I dunno. Take a looksee:

They've definitely upped the action factor from the book (most of the novels are serious, lengthy detective stories interspersed with short, incredibly violent encounters). I kinda dig the final vanishing-out-of-the-car-into-the-crowd bit. The book has some very interesting twists to it, so it seems right up McQuarrie's alley. Perhaps the trick for us book fans is to simply forget what we know and treat it as an project that's independent of the book.

What say you?




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  • PuraPuma

    Maybe I'm a perfect test case. I've never read the books (Should I? Are they that good?). I have nothing to base this trailer on but itself. I hate Cruise. I can't stand him. I don't want to support any movie he is in. But dangit I most often like him in movies and it drives me crazy. The trailer makes me want to see this.

  • stryker1121

    Separate the art from the artist, it makes life easier. My only exception to the rule is Mel Gibson. As for the Reacher books, I read the first 3 this summer, (there's like 17 in the series) and they were...OK. The character's cool and the best parts of the books are when Reacher is thinking his way through problems.

    However, the stories are loaded down with unnecessary exposition that kills the pacing. I'm talking stuff like explaining directions as Reacher's driving around NYC. Also (and this is a personal niggle, your mileage may vary) there's dozens of lines of dialogue that end in a question mark, usually somebody saying "right?" or "OK?" It drove me batty to the point where'd I'd read the dialogue as if those words didn't exist on the printed page. so, yeah, I'm a weirdo.

  • PuraPuma

    Haha that's a good review actually! Enough that I probably won't read them and just see the movie.
    I do separate Tom from his craziness pretty well. I really loved MI4.

  • Mr_Grumpypants

    I'm in just for some Herzog

  • annie

    The trailer isn't bad, but seriously, the only thing that really stuck out to me was, "Oh, hey, Pittsburgh."

  • ,

    Aka Hollywood on the Mon.

    There's a lot of the 'Burgh in the background there, I noticed once I got past 0:17. It took awhile. Still looks like it'll suck.

    "The law has limits ... he does not"

    *eye roll* That doesn't bode well ...

  • jen

    I will bet money this fails just because it's called "Jack Reacher". There is absolutely nothing enticing in that title. It's "John Carter" all over again.

  • TK

    Except that this stars Tom Cruise, and John Carter starred "that dude from FNL who's never been in anything else interesting."

    I'm betting this will do pretty well, for better or worse.

  • Socrates_Johnson

    One Shot was such a cooler name. I guess they want to be sure they cash in on the established character, but they shouldn't have changed it.

  • Leelee

    I just can't.
    Usually I don't mind if physical attributes of literary characters are changed for TV or film. I get that there has to be a give and take, and sometimes it's worth taking a risk and changing it up. But COME ON. Cruise is SO WEE. Reacher's physicality is about 80% of his personality. Entire plot points revolve around it!

    On the plus side, I need only wait a couple of years and this film will be rebooted anyway.

  • Leelee

    NB: I don't mean it'll be rebooted because it looks bad - it doesn't. I just mean that that's how Hollywood rolls.

  • Joe Broggio

    I'm only interested in watching this for Suspicious Onlooker.

  • Kaetian

    I didn't see Alexander Rhodes looking suspicious in the trailer.

  • danielwcarlson

    DAYS OF THUNDER REUNION

  • Zirza

    Werner Herzog is the only reason why I would see this.

  • EAG46

    I just...No. I hope Lee Child got a metric ton of money for this. Dolph Lundgren would have been my choice to play Jack. Even with him being nearly 60, he's STILL my choice. Big, blond, strong, and smart.

  • Fabius_Maximus

    For that metric ton of money, he tells everyone who asks that Cruise was a good choice for the role.

  • Azara

    I remember thinking a few years ago that Liam Neeson would play Reacher well, except that he's too old. Since then, he's made quite a name in action films, but he's still too old.

  • Dolph Lundgren wouldn't be a bad choice at all. VERY Big and insanely smart are about the two main Reacher qualities they should go for. Unfortunately Dolph hasn't opened a movie since The Punisher (a personal fave).

  • They've got to convince me that Cruise can punch a man until he dies. I'm not saying it's impossible, mind you...

  • TK

    Or get shot in the chest and survive because HE'S JUST THAT FUCKING TOUGH.

  • Or survive a near-nuclear explosion visible from space BY JUST HANGING ON. (That happened.)

  • Ed

    Or sleep with at least one woman in every story.

  • Maguita NYC

    I would more easily believe that he can tickle a man to death.

  • pajiba

    Goddamnit, that trailer. I'M IN, but you can go fuck yourself, Cruise.

  • Maguita NYC

    "Little Actor, Big Pants, Lots of Boom".

    I really don't need to see the header picture or to read the rest to automatically know that we are talking Tom Cruise.

    And I still have my doubts at little TC filling big REACHER shoes!!! (so I'm a gnarly JR fan).

  • I'm not loving that high tenor voice saying "I'm Jack Reacher" either. (I've read all the Reacher books, too.)

    Cruise got a LOT of good will from me for "Ghost Protocol", so, bring the boom.

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