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highlander December 7 2012 01:12 PM

Jack Reacher yes,no, maybe so
 
I have become a big fan of Lee Child's novels over the last year and Jack Reacher has to be one of my all time favorite characters. That being said.....I was psyched for a movie version but I admit Mr Cruise has me a little worried. I still wanna go see it but what do you all think? Any Reacher fans out there? Are you going to see it? Are you OK with Tom Cruise?

Dukhat December 7 2012 01:57 PM

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I've narrated several of the Reacher audiobooks. The best thing I can say about them is that they're incredibly easy to narrate. And I'm sure they make great mindless airport/airplane reading. Other than that, I find the stories quite hard to believe. Essentially, some drifter moseys into town and, while being a complete stranger, ends up being a know-it-all about practically everything, while at the same time making the other characters look like complete morons. And if I had a nickel for every time Reacher "said nothing," I'd have a shitload of nickels.

Captaindemotion December 7 2012 04:55 PM

Re: Jack Reacher yes,no, maybe so
 
I really would be more excited if they'd cast someone more Reacher-ish. Adam Baldwin is who I have in my head when I read the books, but I'm not naive enough to think that they'd cast someone like him to topline a big Hollywood movie. But Chris Hemsworth, Alexander Skarsgard or even Ben Affleck would have provided the requisite size and bulk if they'd wanted to get a box-office draw.

Leaving that aside, I do think that this will be a good movie. McQuarrie is a fine writer and director and I really like Cruise as a leading man, even if he's not my idea of Jack Reacher. I'm not out-and-out excited but I am looking forward to seeing this and interested in seeing how Lee Child's plotting, which I think is deceptively good, translates to the big screen.

Admiral_Young December 7 2012 05:23 PM

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Maybe so for me, I'm not familiar with the novels or character and the early trailers really didn't do anything for me, but I've started to become more interested with the recent TV spots. I might go see it just on a whim.

Trekker4747 December 7 2012 05:47 PM

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No, mostly because I'm not a good fan of Cruise's. However, I do have tickets to a free-screening on Monday so I'm going to see it.

Admiral2 December 7 2012 07:10 PM

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No.

Not because I hate Tom Cruise. I think he's a fine actor.

He's also a frigging midget compared to Jack Reacher.

Lee Child obviously went for the payday when he said Cruise would be good for the part.

Lonemagpie December 7 2012 09:24 PM

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Writer/director- good, could be decent

Casting- utterly wrong- Cruise matches Reacher about as well as he'd be a match for Muhammad Ali or Queen Victoria, and I say that as someone who's perfectly OK with his movies and onscreen persona

JarodRussell December 7 2012 10:44 PM

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I don't know why, but Tom Cruise is just Tom Cruise for me on screen, he never disappears in the role. Which is why I don't really care for films starring Cruise.

highlander December 8 2012 12:17 AM

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I agree with Captaindemotion on the Adam Baldwin thing...thats who I mentally cast myself while reading. The whole size thing is a stumbling block for me, but Reacher's attitude is really important to me also. I hope Cruise can pull that off at least.

Trekker4747 December 8 2012 01:09 AM

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highlander wrote: (Post 7364119)
I agree with Captaindemotion on the Adam Baldwin thing...thats who I mentally cast myself while reading. The whole size thing is a stumbling block for me, but Reacher's attitude is really important to me also. I hope Cruise can pull that off at least.

Well in the books how much is the character like Tom Cruise? Because Tom Cruise only plays one character in all of his movies: Tom Cruise.

-Brett- December 8 2012 02:20 AM

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What I took from the trailer is that he's a cop with no regard at all for the rule of law or due process, or even for the lives of the people he supposedly serves (not to mention derives his paycheck from), and these are supposed to be his better qualities?

I have nothing but contempt for the type in real life. Don't think I'd like a movie version any better.

Didn't know it was based on an existing property. That makes my opinion of it even lower.

Admiral2 December 8 2012 02:22 AM

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Trekker4747 wrote: (Post 7364443)
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highlander wrote: (Post 7364119)
I agree with Captaindemotion on the Adam Baldwin thing...thats who I mentally cast myself while reading. The whole size thing is a stumbling block for me, but Reacher's attitude is really important to me also. I hope Cruise can pull that off at least.

Well in the books how much is the character like Tom Cruise? Because Tom Cruise only plays one character in all of his movies: Tom Cruise.

Not at all. Jack Reacher has a deep, serious intensity that Cruise is incapable of.

Trekker4747 December 8 2012 02:49 AM

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Admiral2 wrote: (Post 7364710)
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Trekker4747 wrote: (Post 7364443)
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highlander wrote: (Post 7364119)
I agree with Captaindemotion on the Adam Baldwin thing...thats who I mentally cast myself while reading. The whole size thing is a stumbling block for me, but Reacher's attitude is really important to me also. I hope Cruise can pull that off at least.

Well in the books how much is the character like Tom Cruise? Because Tom Cruise only plays one character in all of his movies: Tom Cruise.

Not at all. Jack Reacher has a deep, serious intensity that Cruise is incapable of.

So he's not a constantly smirking jackass?

Dream December 8 2012 02:53 AM

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I'm quite surprised how well the Jack Reacher books have sold.

Are the books really that good? :eek:

Trekker4747 December 8 2012 03:04 AM

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Dream wrote: (Post 7364797)
I'm quite surprised how well the Jack Reacher books have sold.

Are the books really that good? :eek:

To be fair, the "Shades of Gray" books sold well, too.


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