Is there less and less room for old-fashioned mid-range thrillers, that only Denzel seems to make any more?
Why spend ~ 4 hours and more than ten bucks on a trip to a 2+ hour movie when the content (brooding crime drama with an emphasis on twisty plots and wisecracks) looks like any of the dozens of cop/quasi-cop dramas airing every night? Why not wait a few months and Redbox it for $1.30 instead?
And does there need
to be more than one Jack Reacher movie? Is the character so complex, and his story so nuanced, that a single movie more than half an longer than Casablanca
can't do him justice?
... Or was the aging star of Mission: Impossible
rather trying to score a similar payout on a much easier, domestic shoot? Did he and Paramount hope they'd found a Twilight
sort of perpetual cash motion machine?
It seems to me that if Cruise wants to keep making M:I
-sized checks, he's got to keep making M:I