There’s been a lot of controversy over Tom Cruise’s casting in the role of Jack Reacher in the Lee Child’s One Shot, because in the novels he’s a six and a half foot muscular tank of a man and Crusie, well, isn’t…
Reacher is an ex-military policeman who becomes something of a vigilante over the course of Reacher’s 17 novels. Interestingly, One Shot is the ninth book.
Entertainment Weekly got the pic first and say that in the movie Reacher “finds himself drawn into the case of a sniper who randomly targets civilians”.
In the books Reacher’s only prized possession – he’s a wanderer, you see – is a 1970 Chevelle SS which gets destroyed shortly after this scene in the movie.
The car has been badly damaged in a chase with police as he is wrongfully suspected of murder and uses his car as a decoy to escape the police by free-wheeling it towards a bus, “It’s a risky calculation,” EW writes, “but Reacher thinks he knows where the cops will keep their attention.”
“He is free from any sort of anxiety. He is truly not encumbered by all the bulls–t that makes up our daily lives. He literally and figuratively has no baggage,” director Christopher McQuarrie told EW about the character.
“He is an extremely pragmatic, matter-of-fact person. He’s very solitary, but he can’t walk away from a situation that needs to be made right. His own sense of right and wrong tie into that situation and he can’t leave until it’s been resolved. That’s his Achilles heel.”
Jack Reacher hits cinemas on December 21