I was surprised to see Tom Cruise as well. He is no Jack Reacher. Obviously the producers are using Cruise's name to begin a series of Reacher movies. Many folks don't know the novel but moviegoers know the Cruise name.
If there was a movie fantasy league I would have the Coen brothers make a Reacher movie-the script, casting and cinematography would then be more in line with the mood I sense while reading the novels. Maybe if they were working with Cruise they could extract a worthy performance and craft a movie that would become a classic and give him a credibility boost. Instead it will be another idiotic attempt at a box office blockbuster and I still don't understand who pays to watch them?
Robert C. Kelly, I'm not sure these are "reviews". Kind of hard to have "reviews" of a film that hasn't been released yet.
It is silly to cast Tom Cruise as a 6'5" 220 pound man. But the person who made that decision is Tom Cruise. The person who green-lighted the movie is Tom Cruise. It's not like there is some sort of vast conspiracy.
Hugh Jackman would have been perfect in my opinion.
I'll still see the movie...I am going to try to pretend I don't know anything about the character and just see it as a standalone movie. We shall see.
I really like Reacher and I like Cruise, but Cruise playing Reacher is just plain dumb. Trying to think who could do this justice and you said Neeson. You are right, I think Liam could do a great job. If Cruise does this I will go back to Clive Cussler. CLP
I agree. I have long-awaited this movie. Sorta like a new type James Bond series. Now with the small-man Cruise playing the part, it's laughable. I guess they will use those close-up fast shots to make it look like real action. Bah!
I agree. I will not see the movie. Lee Child was obviously offered a lot of money for the rights to the book. He said when he learned that Tom Cruise was being given the part that he was not going to say no to the biggest movie star in the world playing Jack Reacher. Lee, I am disappointed in you. There is no way anyone who has read the books is going to picture Tom Cruise as Jack Reacher. Also, Tom Cruise is not the biggest movie star in the world anymore. His last pictures have bombed. There are many other stars in Hollywood who would fit the part better and more believable.
It's Hollywood folks. I honestly do not believe Lee Child had any say in who plays Jack in the movie. That would give him way too much power and trust me, Hollywood does not give up it's power. Think Grisham, Nicholas Sparks and others. They had no say which actor played in their movies (but there is Tom Cruise again in The Firm). I too will not see this movie. I will not pay to watch Tom Cruise destroy the character (fictional or not) of a man who is way better than he is.
You know what? All the kids will see the Cruise movie version and will HAVE NO IDEA of the true character Lee Child created. Maybe, if any of them can read, they will be led to the novels and learn to enjoy the real Reacher character. Let's hope so. I think I will save the money the movie would have cost and buy another book.