I’m not sure what I was expecting from Tom Cruise’s latest foray into action, but it wasn’t what Jack Reacher turns out to be. The trailer makes it look like Jason Bourne channeling Martin Riggs, two great movie badasses who would presumably taste great together, but it’s more like a midseason episode of a basic-cable detective show you’ve never heard of. Sure, there’s a multiplex-scaled car chase smack dab in the middle of the flick, and Cruise gets to beat up a buncha assholes all on his lonesome in a funny-awesome punchup (most of which, alas, you’ve seen in the trailer), plus the finale is a standard shootout sequence xeroxed out of every other cop flick, but, yeah: you might stick around to watch this if you were channel surfing in the middle of the night, but it seems like maybe too little »
- MaryAnn Johanson
Afraid of opening any of their end-of-year titles ahead of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, the major studios instead decided to pack the long Christmas weekend with eight nationwide releases. In comparison, the last time Christmas fell on a Tuesday there were only five new entries. While the abundance of new material does mean there's plenty for audiences to choose from, it also means that at least a few of these movies are going to get seriously lost in the pack. Coming off its $84.6 million opening weekend, it's a foregone conclusion that The Hobbit will once again lead the box office, though it could yield the top spot on Christmas Day to Django Unchained or Les Miserables. It's important to remember that around the holidays, movies have very strong multiples and often end up with five to seven times as much as their opening weekend gross, and therefore lower-than-normal grosses »
- Ray Subers <email@example.com>
Werner Herzog has dragged a real-life steamship across a real-life mountain; he once pulled a gun on his longtime star collaborator Klaus Kinski and told him to act or die; he took a film crew to the lip of la Grande Soufrière, a volcano in Guadeloupe that seismologists had predicted would erupt at any moment (it didn't); he was accidentally shot in the stomach during a filmed interview with the BBC ("It is not a significant bullet") and once, aided by Californian chef Alice Waters, he cooked – with garlic and herbs – and then ate his own shoe, an event chronicled in his friend Les Blank's evocatively title docushort Werner Herzog Eats His Shoe.
These are the bedrock fables of the »
- John Patterson
Paramount hopes it's launching a franchise with "Jack Reacher," the Tom Cruise action thriller that hits theaters Friday. It will be tricky in a crowded holiday marketplace, and Cruise isn't the box-office bonanza he once was. But one need only look back to last year's "Mission: Impossible -- Ghost Protocol" to see how it might work. That film opened to $12 million on Dec. 16 and went on to make $209 million and nearly $700 million worldwide for Paramount. "Jack Reacher" will be in about 3,200 theaters, and it will have plenty »
- Todd Cunningham
It's almost difficult to remember what a hard-boiled, stripped-down, old-fashioned action-thriller looks like. We've become so reliant on CG for our action and jump-scares for our thrills that we forget solid action-thrillers don't need to rely on gigantic budgets or creepy mysteries to make an impact. Jack Reacher is that confident action thriller we've been missing. Writer-director Christopher McQuarrie has created a film that almost feels like a throwback in its confident plotting and attitude. Furthermore, Tom Cruise once again reminds us that we can never underestimate his acting talent, and while he may not share the physicality of the character in the book, the attitude remains. Retired military sniper James Barr (Joseph Sikora) stands accused of murdering five innocent people in broad daylight. The crime scene easily leads to his arrest, but during his interrogation, he writes down the statement, "Get Jack Reacher". Reacher (Cruise) is a former military »
- Matt Goldberg
Title: Jack Reacher Director: Christopher McQuarrie Starring: Tom Cruise, Rosamund Pike (‘Pride & Prejudice’), Richard Jenkins, David Oyelowo (‘Red Tails’), Joseph Sikora (‘Safe’) and Robert Duvall Adapting a popular book featuring a lead character who’s determined to obtain justice into a visually stunning film is not always an easy task. But the new film ‘Jack Reacher,’ which is based on best-selling author Lee Child’s 2005 novel ‘One Shot,’ the ninth entry in his book series about the title character, naturally embodies the iconic nature of the vigilante. Marking screenwriter-director Christopher McQuarrie’s return to helming in the action crime drama genre after a 12-year absence, ‘Jack Reacher’ shows the iconic character’s [ Read More ]
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- Karen Benardello
He has no possessions, and he owns only the clothing on his back; he’s a drifter who answers to no one, has no friends, and moves from town to town to make right what is wrong. He is the Man With No Name…oh wait, wait, sorry, it’s Jack Reacher, and throughout this movie people can’t stop saying his name. By the fourth or fifth time somebody gruffly asks, “Who the hell is Jack Reacher?” it becomes a bit laughable, but it’s another mention of the character’s name that sparks the plot of the movie.
James Barr (Joseph Sikora), an ex-military sniper has just been booked for a horrific and seemingly random shooting massacre in downtown Pittsburgh – a plot point somewhat unfortunately timed considering the recent real life tragedy in Connecticut – and all evidence points to him. When he’s taken in by detective Emerson »
- Sean Hutchinson
Current Streak: 1 Straight Weekend #1 Predicted Correctly Threat Level to Streak Being Broken: I'd put it at an even 20 percent. Reason: There's some chance Jack Reacher or This is 40 hit their absolute max potential and The Hobbit slides more than predicted. But again, that's a lot of variables breaking just right to spring the upset. The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey cleaned up last weekend, though lost in the "best December weekend ever!!" conversation was the fact that it opened lower than the last two Lord of the Rings films (adjusted for inflation). Is the franchise on the wane? None of the Lotr films had 3D or 48fps, though that's probably only an eight percent bump. Still, if you are looking for a bright side, you could note that the film currently stands at $250 million worldwide, and the budget for all three was a reported $450 million. Thus, using our standard 2.5 multiplier, »
- Laremy Legel
When sitting down and watching movies for work, I do my best to keep an open mind and to remain receptive to films as they present themselves. It's difficult sometimes, but I always try not to make up my mind one way or another until the final credits roll. But then you get a movie like "Jack Reacher," which makes you hate it. And then love it. And then hate it again, going back and forth like some crazy tennis match until all that's left is to make a list of »
- Alonso Duralde
Seven months ago, the G.I. Joe sequel, Retaliation, generated a slew of headlines for potentially the wrong reason. The movie was being delayed, and it might have been for a post-3D conversion or to add Channing Tatum back into the fold. Either way, the sequel.s closer to its 2013 release date and so the marketing campaign is able to kick back into a higher gear. Audiences heading to theaters this weekend for Paramount.s Jack Reacher likely will see the full trailer on screen or the poster on the wall. Overseas, they.re going to get a good look at a slightly different international poster, which showcases the heroes And the villains. Check it out below, via Emileeid.com: Bruce Willis, the biggest star in the ensemble, takes center stage despite the fact that he wasn.t part of the original film. And Tatum . who.s a bigger »
Jack Reacher has debuted a new featurette exclusively through Digital Spy. The promo video shines a light on the high-octane car chase at the centre of director Christopher McQuarrie's thriller. Star and producer Tom Cruise performed all his own driving stunts in the sequence.
Speaking to Digital Spy at the recent London press day for Jack Reacher, McQuarrie said that he found the set-piece less challenging to shoot than "two people in a diner having a conversation". (more) »
- By Simon Reynolds
Tom Cruise has denied that he is dating Rock of Ages co-star Malin Akerman's sister Jennifer Akerman. Jennifer was recently in attendance at the Stockholm premiere of Cruise's latest action film Jack Reacher, where she was observed spending time with the actor. The pair's evening together at the premiere party led to rumors that they are dating, but a spokesperson for Cruise has now insisted that he is single. A supposed friend of Cruise also told E! News: "The whole thing is completely ridiculous. Jennifer was there with her whole family who were cropped out of the picture. She happily lives with her (more) »
- By Justin Harp
Jack Reacher is a ghost, a man who took himself off the “grid” a long time ago and never found a reason to return. But when trouble arises, this ex-military officer often magically surfaces, drawing a line between evil-doers and their hopeless victims. Fans of Lee Child’s best-selling Jack Reacher books are eagerly anticipating this weekend’s adaptation, which casts Tom Cruise as the iconic investigator who leads with his fists … even though he’s often the smartest guy in the room. The film translates the novel One Shot, about a tragic crime that’s being hung on a former Army sniper, even though he might be innocent. And while there are several investigative scenes of trained detectives piecing together the clues of a larger puzzle,...
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With more and more movies turning to existing properties instead of original scripts, actors being asked to embody established characters is now commonplace, not a rarity. The latest novel-to-big-screen adaptation puts Tom Cruise in the extremely-oversized shoes of Jack Reacher, and while it may be the latest instance of an actor cast in a role bearing almost no resemblance to themselves, it’s certainly not the first.
Comic books, novels, TV shows and the inevitable reboots to come all mean that more and more famous faces and newcomers will be asked not to make people care about new characters, but live up to the expectation and legend of ones they already cherish.
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- Andrew Dyce
Tom Cruise is Jack Reacher. Let me say that again: Tom Cruise plays Jack Reacher, the hero of novelist Lee Child’s series of action/adventure books. Now, if that statement offends you in anyway, then you should probably stop reading this review, because I have nothing but good things to say about Tom Cruise as Jack Reacher in … “Jack Reacher”. (Really, every movie should just be the name of the main character. It just sounds cooler. Imagine “Luke Skywalker”. Or, “Whiny Ass Anakin Skywalker” for the prequels. Etc.) The film is based on the novel “One Shot”, a standalone story (most of Child’s Reacher novels are standalone stories) that doesn’t require any prior knowledge of the character’s past adventures to enjoy. “Jack Reacher” is adapted for the screen by Christopher McQuarrie, who hasn’t directed a film since 2000′s crime drama “Way of the Gun” (a »
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Three high profile film premieres have been cancelled following the school shooting that took place in Connecticut last week.
Scheduled events from Tom Cruise vehicle Jack Reacher, comedy Parental Guidance and Quentin Tarantino's latest film Django Unchained were called off, with Django production firm the Weinstein Company saying; "Our thoughts and prayers go out to the families of the tragedy in Newtown, Connecticut, and in this time of national mourning we have decided to forgo our scheduled event."
In an interview with the La Times published on Sunday, Django Unchained star Samuel L Jackson stated he is not in favour of new legislation: "I grew up in the south with guns everywhere and we never shot anyone. This [shooting] is about people who aren't taught the value of life … I don't think movies or video »
Review Simon Brew Dec 21, 2012
Twelve months ago, Tom Cruise scored his biggest ever box office hit, courtesy of Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol. It's little coincidence then that Cruise and Paramount Pictures have tried to repeat the trick a year on, although the slightly darker tone suggests Jack Reacher will struggle to do quite the same level of business.
It's an entertaining thriller nonetheless, one that's been championed by and centred around Tom Cruise. Serving as star and producer, the bone of contention to this point has been his suitability to take on the role of the character as portrayed in the Lee Child's books on which the film is based. The truth, of course, is that he doesn't take on the exact same character, and inevitably, moving any such powerful »
The chances of getting Tom Cruise to talk about his new movie Jack Reacher , based on Lee Child's 2005 novel "One Shot," or anything else for that matter, is pretty doubtful these days, which is why ComingSoon.net instead has interviews with Rosamund Pike and David Oyelowo, two prolific actors who play key roles in the movie written and directed by Christopher McQuarrie ( The Usual Suspects ). The film revolves around a shooting in Pittsburgh that's pinned on a retired military sniper, and as the suspect lays in the hospital after a prison beating, he asks for Jack Reacher. Pike plays Helen Rodin, the suspect's attorney, while Oyelowo plays Emerson, the local police detective on the case, neither of whom know who this mysterious Reacher is until he shows up, a wanderer »
Feature James Clayton Dec 21, 2012
With 2012 drawing to a close, James looks back over the year's movies - as seen from a strange alternate universe...
So 2012, then. Helluva ride, huh? I saw many films and some of them were films within films and films about films and now we’ve all ended up in a disaster movie of our own at the arrival of the Mayan apocalypse that Mel Gibson warned us about way back when. We didn’t even get to enjoy Christmas.
Never mind though. Before Jaguar Paw came screaming out of the Mesoamerican rainforest and we all perished as doomsday struck, we watched some brilliant movies. The past calendar year has been packed with superb cinematic releases, and looking back from the other side of oblivion, I see that we were spoiled.
Unfortunately, from this standpoint on the flipside of forever, I can’t actually see the old timeline of reality. »
Jack Reacher, 2012.
Directed by Christopher McQuarrie.
A homicide investigator digs deeper into a case involving a trained military sniper who shot five random victims.
Jack Reacher is something of a rare treat for 2012. It’s a film which gets its style and pacing from the late 60s and 70s and doesn’t give up on those convictions despite several opportunities to explode into ‘blockbuster’ territory and fill the screen with explosions, fights, and carnage. So often a film will ‘pay homage’ to gritty and no-nonsense genre milestones from Lumet, Friedkin, or Siegel but too often they cannot help but stay off course. Christopher McQuarrie’s Jack Reacher is one such film that delivers exactly what 2012 needed - a blast from the past.
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