Tom Cruise in ‘Jack Reacher’/Photo © Paramount
Finally, the trailer so many have been waiting for with bated breath — and skepticism — is here: Christopher McQuarrie’s adaption of Lee Child’s One Shot starring Tom Cruise. Initial responses to the news that Cruise would be taking on the imposing role of Jack Reacher in the film were less than supportive. Cruise’s stature inspired naysayers to voice their opinions loudly and vehemently; clearly Child’s writing has earned him a passionately dedicated fanbase. Still, in the time since that news, McQuarrie has assembled an exceptional supporting cast including Robert Duvall, Rosamund Pike, and Jai Courtney. And though McQuarrie hasn’t done a ton on the directing front, his writing credit on “The Usual Suspects” is reason enough to keep faith in the man.
Child’s thrilling novel tells the story of ex-military investigator Jack Reacher, brought onto a job when a criminal sniper kills five — out of an intended six — people. The sniper is caught, but insists he’s not guilty and requests the presence of Reacher. The character of Reacher is everything heroism demands: stoicism, strength, mad fighting skills, strong principles. He’s also 6’5″, which is what threw fans for a loop when Cruise was cast. But now, on the heels of Cruise’s split from wife Katie Holmes, we think the actor has something good in the works here. We’re not sure about you all, but our initial reaction to the just-released teaser trailer — damn. What Cruise lacks in height he may just make up for in bad-ass.