Today Paramount released the first teaser trailer for their upcoming action thriller JACK REACHER starring Tom Cruise in the title role. Let's have a look, then I'll tell you what I think...
I've written about the subject of Cruise's casting before, but if you're too lazy to click the link I'll give you a recap.
The character of Jack Reacher is an ex-Military Policeman who roams the country helping people in trouble with bad guys, and troubling bad guys with some brutal payback. Now key to the character of Jack Reacher is his imposing physicality. He's described as being over 6'5" and 250 lbs and looks as mean as he is to wrongdoing. In the Reacher's presented as an unstoppable righteous force of nature coming down on wrongdoers like the wrath of a pissed off deity.
That's not Tom Cruise. The image Tom Cruise has fostered over the past three decades has been as a hyper-active super-charming go-getter out to succeed over the hassles and villains that appear, in their way, much bigger than he is.
Tom Cruise is not a massive charmless wall of righteous vengeance, but the trailer makes it look like they filmed Cruise like he is.
That kind of makes him and the film look ridiculous.