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This is a comments thread about Blog Post: Aisle Seat 5-1: Major Dundee, Jack Reacher, Mama by Andy Dursin
 
 Posted:   Apr 30, 2013 - 2:04 AM   
 By:   Buscemi   (Member)

Actually, a sequel to Jack Reacher is in the works (composer Joe Kraemer and Variety both confirmed it) since the film broke even based on foreign grosses. Whether Cruise or McQuarrie will be back isn't known yet.

 
 
 Posted:   Apr 30, 2013 - 4:37 AM   
 By:   Tall Guy   (Member)

Actually, a sequel to Jack Reacher is in the works (composer Joe Kraemer and Variety both confirmed it) since the film broke even based on foreign grosses. Whether Cruise or McQuarrie will be back isn't known yet.


Disappointing. I was hoping this incarnation of Jack Reacher would die a death, and be reborn in a few years time with a proper-sized actor.

TG

 
 Posted:   Apr 30, 2013 - 4:52 AM   
 By:   Buscemi   (Member)

Actually, casting Cruise had its advantages. How many actors over 6'2" can you think of have range or can put the heart into a character such as Reacher? Also, Cruise can do his own stunts and driving (which is something not many actors do).

Had they cast the character as described in the book, it would have been a very disposable B-movie instead of the homage to 1960's and 1970's thrillers the film ended up becoming.

 
 Posted:   May 2, 2013 - 9:38 PM   
 By:   Zoragoth   (Member)

Actually, casting Cruise had its advantages. How many actors over 6'2" can you think of have range or can put the heart into a character such as Reacher? Also, Cruise can do his own stunts and driving (which is something not many actors do).

Forgive me if employing "range" and "Tom Cruise" in the same sentence strikes me as wildly oxymoronic. From the beginning, I have never understood his appeal. I find his screen persona in just about every role he has played extremely shallow and unappealing, to the point that I avoid anything he's in, even big budget sci-fi blockbusters I would normally not want to miss.

 
 
 Posted:   May 2, 2013 - 9:59 PM   
 By:   Michael24   (Member)

Disappointing. I was hoping this incarnation of Jack Reacher would die a death, and be reborn in a few years time with a proper-sized actor.

I know nothing about the Jack Reacher source material (had never heard of the book series until this movie came out), but I think that if the original author is okay with how his book is interpreted, that should account for something. He said in an interview that Reacher's physical description in the books is really just a metaphor for a driving, unstoppable force, and that while may Cruise lack the height/build, he nevertheless captures the spirit of the character and that's the most important thing.

Forgive me if employing "range" and "Tom Cruise" in the same sentence strikes me as wildly oxymoronic. From the beginning, I have never understood his appeal. I find his screen persona in just about every role he has played extremely shallow and unappealing, to the point that I avoid anything he's in, even big budget sci-fi blockbusters I would normally not want to miss.

To each his own. I've always found him a very charismatic and energetic screen presence. I like what Gene Siskel once said, that (paraphrasing) "Cruise's conviction to his stories is so strong that it literally bounces off the screen and carries us along with him." That's how I've always felt. Perhaps the movies themselves are sometimes weak, but I've never found Cruise to be anything less than watchable and enjoyable.

 
 Posted:   May 2, 2013 - 10:20 PM   
 By:   Zoragoth   (Member)

To each his own. I've always found him a very charismatic and energetic screen presence. I like what Gene Siskel once said, that (paraphrasing) "Cruise's conviction to his stories is so strong that it literally bounces off the screen and carries us along with him." That's how I've always felt. Perhaps the movies themselves are sometimes weak, but I've never found Cruise to be anything less than watchable and enjoyable.

Well, you are quite correct as to it all being subjective, and more folks plainly agree with you than me!

As for Siskel, the guy copped to never liking Robert Redford, an actor I prefer infinitely over Cruise, so there you go! ;-)

 
 
 Posted:   May 2, 2013 - 11:25 PM   
 By:   riotengine   (Member)



To each his own. I've always found him a very charismatic and energetic screen presence. I like what Gene Siskel once said, that (paraphrasing) "Cruise's conviction to his stories is so strong that it literally bounces off the screen and carries us along with him." That's how I've always felt. Perhaps the movies themselves are sometimes weak, but I've never found Cruise to be anything less than watchable and enjoyable.


Agreed. I just saw him in Oblivion and thought he was very effective in the film. I was staying away from the film mostly, well, because of him, and I liked him in it.

Greg Espinoza

 
 
 Posted:   May 3, 2013 - 4:45 AM   
 By:   Tall Guy   (Member)

Actually, casting Cruise had its advantages. How many actors over 6'2" can you think of have range or can put the heart into a character such as Reacher? Also, Cruise can do his own stunts and driving (which is something not many actors do).

Had they cast the character as described in the book, it would have been a very disposable B-movie instead of the homage to 1960's and 1970's thrillers the film ended up becoming.



First paragraph - sorry, I'm an insurance broker, not a casting director. (We don't even have quotation couches, but now I think about it...) Surely somewhere in the English-speaking world there's a large actor - perhaps an aspirational stuntman - who could have done this. Based on your argument, nobody but Cruise would ever get a job.

Second paragraph - how can you possibly tell how a movie that hasn't been made would have turned out! And anyway, the books are very disposable B-movie books - that's a large part of their pulpy appeal.

TG

 
 
 Posted:   May 12, 2013 - 10:44 PM   
 By:   philiperic   (Member)

Andy , twice you refer to the original score by Daniele Amfitheatrof as "inane"- in your review.

Sorry to tell you but on its original release, I don't think anyone thought any such thing. In fact, the OST was pretty popular as was the song you also knock( "Forward behind the Major" )that is sung by the Mitch Miller singers.

maybe it'sa generational thing - I doubt that you are old enough to have seen this on it original theatrical presentation- I really enjoyed the score(and the movie)when I first saw it in 1964/5 (also loved the unique Apache motif )- and back then no one could imagine one day that the original score would be replaced by a new score (which I liked too) in a an expanded version.

The way you casually bash the work of a well regarded composer - Amfitheatrof - as "inane" is IMHO offensive.

 
 
 Posted:   May 13, 2013 - 6:07 AM   
 By:   vinylscrubber   (Member)

I actually enjoyed Tom Cruise in JACK REACHER quite a bit, but if you're looking for a better physical match, how about Joe Manganiello who plays the hunky werewolf on TRUE BLOOD?

 
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