When I heard that the lead character was to be played by Tom Cruise, well to say I was surprised would be an understatement! I actually thought my Lover-man was joking when he told me this. I laughed at him and said "Oh yeah right, was Justin Bieber busy?" But the joke was on me because my lover-man was dead serious! Why was I so caught out by this casting? Well the reason it is so funny is because Jack Reacher is meant to be big. I mean huge! All throughout the many books I have read, his size is constantly referenced to. Constantly. He is 6'5", 250 pounds, built like a brick shithouse. Hands like dinner plates. Big. He is the kind of guy people don't mess with. He is illusive. The man from nowhere. He has no possessions He is an ex-military transient roaming the country making bad guys pay. I guess I'd describe him as the American James Bond? He is bad ass and super tough but without the Martini and fancy suits. Seeing as Tom Cruise is 5'7" and 145 pounds you can see there is a slight difference no?
So basically I was a bit put off seeing the film because of the blatant disrespect to the books. However the author Lee Child was actually ok with the casting. I found that so odd. But I guess he saw dollar signs when Tom Cruise's name was mentioned and I suppose if the film does well enough then they will make more of them and then Child gets more money. So I guess it makes sense. But it does seem like a bit of a sell out to me. Selling out your own creation for a buck. Or a couple million perhaps.
Even though I was not impressed by the casting choices I decided to see the film anyway so I could make an informed decision on the whole thing. As much as I hate to admit it the film was not bad. I know. I wish I could say it was terrible and that Tom Cruise was awful but I just can't. He did well. He was NOT the Jack Reacher that I knew from the books but he pulled off a parallel version of Reacher. He had Reacher's intensity. His energy if not his size. Lover-man and I made bets on whether he would crack that nauseating "Tom Cruise Smile" and thank god he didn't. Reacher is not a cheesy smiling type.
This film is definitely more of a boy film. It's definitely a BANG-BANG-SHOOT-EM-UP kind of film with the necessary boy film requirements slotted in for good measure. Car chase, street fight, shoot out, fist fight in the rain, explosions etc. No boobs though. Points off for no boobs. And reacher didn't even get any action! Which is just not right, if you know the books.
There was actually a severe lack of eye candy for the boys. The only pretty ladies in the whole film were Rosamund Pike who played defence lawyer Helen Pike and Alexia Fast as the dim witted Sandy, a minor role. While both women performed well, their roles were limited. I can't help but think this was done for a reason. The last thing Tom Cruise would want is a ridiculously hot young co-star flashing her boobs and steeling the limelight. Am I right?
Tom Cruise is still NOT Jack Reacher, but he fakes it well.