It is perhaps one of the most dubious casting choices Hollywood has recently made. You could say that it has sparked a bit of a debate here at Criminal Element; one that we have even revisited once or twice now. But, be it good, evil, poor, or dead on, Tom Cruise is our Jack Reacher. For now.
Above is the first image of Maverick filling the big man’s shoes. Here’s the set-up for the picture:
Reacher has momentarily escaped view and steps out of the slowly rolling Chevelle to make a quiet, chameleon-like escape while the vehicle drifts away, gathering speed toward that bus in the distance and the Sixth Street Bridge beyond it. It’s a risky calculation, but Reacher thinks he knows where the cops will keep their attention.
I still don’t get the physically imposing vibe from this shot, but I’m sure more are to come. I really hope they don’t bomb on this series because Cruise was too vain to cast the role with someone younger, and, well . . . more Reacher-y. What do you think? Am I being too hard on Ol’ Tom?