WARNING! If you’ve ever read one of Lee Child’s Jack Reacher novels, or intend on reading one in the future, DO NOT watch the trailer linked to above! In fact, leave this blog right now. You may have already seen too much.
If you are unaware of the character, I’ll explain the problem. Tom Cruise is opposite in every way, from any description of Reacher I’ve read in the three (of seventeen) of Child’s novels. The differences go beyond that, but why base a movie on a well established character, then change everything about them but the name?
The fact that this movie is, no doubt, just another piece of Hollywood crap isn’t what is really bothering me here. It’s the fact that I will no longer be able to read any of the books without seeing Cruises’ elfin likeness every time I read the name. He’s never been believable (to me) in any of the action films I’ve seen him in. He simply doesn’t have ‘the look’.
What is ‘the look’ for Jack Reacher? From wikipedia:
Reacher is a giant, standing at 6′ 5″ tall (1.96m) with a 50-inch chest, and weighing between 210 and 250 pounds (100–115 kg). He has ice-blue eyes and dirty blond hair. He has very little body fat, and his muscular physique is completely natural (he reveals in Persuader, he has never been an exercise enthusiast.) He is exceptionally strong but is not a good runner. Reacher is strong enough to break a man’s neck with one hand (Bad Luck and Trouble) and kill a villain with a single punch to the head (Running Blind and 61 Hours) or chest (Worth Dying For). In a fight against a 7 foot, 400 lb steroid-using thug (Persuader), Reacher was able to lift his opponent into the air and drop him on his head.
Yeah, Tom Cruise.