Now C and I enjoy settling down to a good movie in the evening when we are on holiday. Well, thank you Mr Cruise for ruining an otherwise perfectly fine evening.
I am a fan of the books in the Jack Reacher series written by Lee Childs. I have read them all, including One Shot, being the book upon which the movie was based. And, I have often wondered why Hollywood hasn’t leapt upon the movie rights earlier. The books are intelligent, packed with action and sex, and with an all-American hero at their heart. I am convinced that, in the right hands, there is a franchise to rival that of James Bond or Bourne in the making.
But, Tom Cruise and Christopher McQuarrie have squandered and killed that opportunity for this film was, frankly, a crock of sh*te!
I could join in the ubiquitous debate about who should have been cast as Jack Reacher (I would vote for Liam Neeson or Viggo Mortensen) but, one thing is for certain, it should not have been Tom Cruise. Jack Reacher is six feet five inches tall with a chest size of fifty inches. Tom Cruise is fifty inches tall with a chest size of six and a half inches. Jack Reacher is a veteran, a sniper, an ex-Major in the Army Military Police, with the investigative skills of Sherlock Holmes, with a history, a presence, and a threat in his eyes. Tom Cruise is a closeted Scientologist, apparently.
But, the real reason this movie was so bad was because it was badly acted all round, and, badly directed, and did not build or develop any of the core characters.
Tom Cruise lacked menace and any believability as a “hard man” and delivered his lines with the aplomb of a Herr Schwarzenegger or Stallone, while Rosamund Pike exuded the sex appeal of a lettuce. Cruise seemed to be bored, and going through the motions rather than acting with any kind of credibility. There are times when just taking off your shirt and sucking in will just not do it.
And, Robert Duvall, from the Godfather to this? How the mighty are fallen…..
This must be one of the worst portrayals of a successful character, and, one of the worst movies ever made.