Jack Reacher

This is a discussion on Jack Reacher within the Off Topic & Humor Discussion forums, part of the The Back Porch category; I know there were previous threads, but the movie came out today. I haven't read any of the books. I am a fan of movies ...

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    Jack Reacher

    I know there were previous threads, but the movie came out today. I haven't read any of the books. I am a fan of movies with political thrillers and crime dramas being among my favorites.

    The opening minutes consisted of a back and forth type of sequence which involved a reloading bench, and I immediately thought of you fine folks. There was also some Army vs. USMC dialogue, which I'm sure many here would find funny.

    Tom Cruise's Jack Reacher was a blend between "The Man with No Name" and "GySgt Bob Lee Swagger," which is another series I haven't read. Robert Duvall played an old gunny in this film, and he was good as usual.

    Tom Cruise is a better actor than most men seem to give him credit for. I found the film to be quite entertaining, but it is kind of right up my alley. Better than I thought it would be.
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    Good actor, yes. Beyond that, I don't know.
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    Quote Originally Posted by OldVet View Post
    Good actor, yes. Beyond that, I don't know.
    I certainly agree with that. It just seems like a lot of men who want to seem "tough" dismiss him as a bad actor.

    He was the main character in a Scorsese film, Kubrick film, Michael Mann film, and arguably the main character of an ensemble cast in a P.T. Anderson picture. That's four of my five favorite directors ever. They obviously know what they're doing.

    Then you have the Tony Scott/Spielberg blockbusters and many others to round out a pretty decent body of work.

    Actors are artists; artists of generally pretty loony. I still like movies, music, art, etc.

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    Having read most of the Reacher novels,I already have a mental image of him, and Tom Cruise doesn't fit,no matter how good an actor he is. I enjoy most Cruise flicks, but if the character is supposed to be 6'5",250lbs, Cruise doesn't work.
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    I really enjoy the books. I also like Tom Cruise. However, the Jack Reacher character is 6'5" 220 or so, and he is portrayed to be a very smart tough guy. Nothing against Mr Cruise, but he's just 5'7" maybe 190 I think, making it a miss-match in my brain. Either way I'll see it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Footslogger View Post
    I really enjoy the books. I also like Tom Cruise. However, the Jack Reacher character is 6'5" 220 or so, and he is portrayed to be a very smart tough guy. Nothing against Mr Cruise, but he's just 5'7" maybe 190 I think, making it a miss-match in my brain. Either way I'll see it.

    <edit> ^^^ Mulle beat me to it!
    190? You are being generous.hes probably 5'6",160lbs
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    Yep, he was way wrong for the role. I've read a few of the books - couldn't say what ones - but Tom Cruise is an below average height person....when I saw they had cast him for Jack Reacher I was picturing what kind of midgets they might cast for every other part - could be a real funny movie.....

    Or else maybe some perspective tricks like in Lord of the Rings? Who knows.... I don't think I'll be finding out. (unless it shows up on Netflix instant)

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    I'll watch it out of curiosity. Cruise may be a "good" actor but, I always have touble warming up to any of his movies.

    Even "A Few Good Men", which I really like, is more because of Jack than Tom.
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    Oh.............. So, Sad, Too Bad........ After the NRA came out and 'called out' the Media/Movie/Video Game Progressive (afterall, Progressive = Moving 'Forward', No?) complex as glorifying Gun Violence.............. Guess What!!!!?

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    I have read one Jack Reacher book. They made the bad guys out to be" evil Christians" and that turned me off. I doubt I will see the movie or read any more of the books.

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    I am more than a little bit worried about some of you fellas comment on Tom's stats…
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    He's one of my favorite actors as well. He's also a complete nut, otherwise.
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    Jack Reacher

    Quote Originally Posted by mulle46 View Post
    Having read most of the Reacher novels,I already have a mental image of him, and Tom Cruise doesn't fit,no matter how good an actor he is. I enjoy most Cruise flicks, but if the character is supposed to be 6'5",250lbs, Cruise doesn't work.
    That was my initial thought as well when I first saw the preview. I've read all the Reacher books and Cruise is obviously not the hulk of a man Lee Child describes. Kind of a bummer but I'll probably see it anyway. Maybe he "acts" tall.
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    I've read all the books and Cruise is not in my minds eye as to the character. Beside, he's a wacko. I wouldn't pay money that would go to him or Hollywood. If I want to see it, I'll wait until its on Netflix.

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    Tom Cruise is good...just haven't figured out what he is good for yet...

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