‘Jack Reacher’ Trailer: Tom Cruise Brings Lee Child’s Character to Life

Published 3 years ago by , Updated February 15th, 2014 at 10:26 pm,

The teaser trailer for Jack Reacher was just that: a tease. Today we can offer the full trailer, with Tom Cruise as the titular character in Oscar-winning writer-director Christopher McQuarrie’s new film (which is based on the novel One Shot by author Lee Child).

Here, we get a better sense of who, exactly, Reacher is – quite literally, in fact, as the trailer opens with exposition from David Oyelowo (Rise of the Planet of the ApesLincoln) breaking down the character’s history and personality. We see that Cruise’s stoic manner contrasts with his reckless behavior; he keeps a stern-but-calm expression while delivering debilitating blows to his opponents, outracing police cars, and telling a man “I’d like to kill you” over the phone.

Longtime Reacher fans know that Cruise is far from a good match for the character as described in Child’s source novel (where he is 6′ 5” tall, weighs 210-250 lbs., and has blue eyes with dirty blonde hair); it’s his intimidating physical stature that informs Reacher’s fearless behavior and confidence. Cruise, by comparison, is playing the anti-hero as someone who can keep his emotions in-check because he knows how to handle any dangerous situation – with laser-like precision in combat maneuvers and quick thinking.

The new trailer does a good job of distinguishing Reacher from Cruise’s other personas, such as Ethan Hunt in Mission: Impossible and Vincent in Collateral; we even get some humor from Cruise at the end, without breaking character. That said, it’s hard to argue Reacher’s behavior wouldn’t make more sense if the actor playing him bore a stronger resemblance to a Dolph Lundgren or Chris Hemsworth-type (ie. a ‘big guy’).

Check out the domestic and international posters for Jack Reacher (via Yahoo! Movies) below:


Jack Reacher, in other words, might suffer from the miscasting of its protagonist – not to mention, fail to satisfy fans who would have preferred a purist interpretation of Child’s creation (re: not Tom Cruise). However, the overall film does seem like a reasonably-entertaining action-thriller, complete with a solid cast that includes the likes of Rosamund Pike (Wrath of the Titans), Robert Duvall, Jai Courtney (A Good Day to Die Hard), Richard Jenkins (Killing Them Softly), and Werner Herzog as what looks to be a great villain.

Here is the official synopsis for Jack Reacher:

When a gunman takes five lives with six shots, all evidence points to the suspect in custody. On interrogation, the suspect offers up a single note: “Get Jack Reacher!” So begins an extraordinary chase for the truth, pitting Jack Reacher against an unexpected enemy, with a skill for violence and a secret to keep.

Look for Jack Reacher when it opens in theaters on December 21st, 2012.


Source: Yahoo! Movies

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  1. This trailer makes it very clear that the folks who made the movie understand my favorite character ever, Jack Reacher. It looks like an awesome movie and I can’t wait to see it. Tom Cruise is intense and that’s what I’d expect from Reacher. Period.

  2. McQuarrie is one of my favorite directors for action. this trailer looks awesome. been a while since there was an action movie i actually wanted to see. and yeah, i can see cruise kicking butt and taking names. im on line for this.

  3. Notice what care they take to try to make mini-Reacher taller? Note how many shots were upwards, with him alone in the distance (also tending to be upwards) or most cleverly, only being upper body to remove height context, or of his head and shoulders occupying as much screen, close up, as the larger men in the scene preceding. This is NOT Jack Reacher. I think it may be a successful by-the-numbers thriller, but readers of the books know that Reacher (written) brings something special that is not your standard Hollywood interpretation. Cruise’s voice drips “listen to me acting” and has none of the laconic, deep calm that Child paints in his books.

    Non readers will find it a fine Cruise movie. But is it as bad as fans feared. Could not be otherwise.

    • And we won’t!

  4. I have read all of the Lee Child books, like all of them. From the first book through to the last, up to Tom Cruise being cast I had Liam Neeson in my mind as the perfect Jack Reacher, in the past I would have gone for Harrison Ford NOT Tom (5 foot somthing) Cruise. It will be a good commercial film but I would suggest the Lee Child fans will be disapointed and belive its Cruise for publicity and bums on seats not to follow the books main character. I think we will see Lots of small doorways co stars and upward camera shots.

  5. Tom Cruise as Jack Reacher? How pathetic. Jack Reacher is an intimidating character. Tom Cruise is a little short s*** that couldn’t intimidate my 6 year old granddaughter, let alone anybody of normal stature.

    Better choices for intimidation factor alone would have been ‘The Rock’, Steve Austin, Vin Diesel, or Liam Neeson. There are a number of other actors MUCH better suited to the character. Tom Cruise fans will likely go ga-ga over him. Lee Child and Jack Reacher fans will laugh at the poor casting and stay away in droves.

    I’ve seen the trailers. Cruise doesn’t come across at all as any kind of hero. From the trailers I’ve seen, he does NOT nail the character of Jack Reacher. You have to laugh at Cruise trying to sound like a tough guy. A 5’7″ ex-MP? Give me a break. I won’t go to this poor attempt at creating Jack Reacher.

  6. John Cena although not a great actor epitomises Jack Reacher for me! Anyone agree??

  7. Christopher McQuarrie and Tom Cruise deliver on their promise, with a witty, violent take on Reacher that makes up for its lack of height with an abundance of smarts and thrills.

  8. Lee Child’s ‘Jack Reacher’ character was developed over several years – as an abnormally huge white man – and THAT was a MAJOR ‘hook’, if you will, to his role over ALL the Reacher novels. So, for Hollywood to come along and trot out the small-statured Cruise! Well – even Hollywood wouldn’t make such a huge boo-boo. It would be akin to casting Tom Cruise as the new John Wayne! It – is – that – far – off – base!!

    The only logical conclusion to be made – it was purposefully done! But, why?? This is like a massive punch in the face by the Jack Reacher we know so well in Child’s novels. That would flip you over and you’d wake up the next day, that is, if Jack was being.. ‘gentle’. It must be the continuing anti-white race program that Hollywood & the media have been using. NEVER portraying a huge white male as a ‘good guy’ avenging the wrongs in the world. Nope. Not for many years have they done so. Maybe since.. John Wayne..

    Very sickening.