JACK REACHER Blu-ray Review

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In many ways, Tom Cruise never escaped the fallout from that infamous 2005 ride on Oprah’s couch.  His box office returns have gradually slipped and the sheen of “Scientology Weirdo” still hangs around him in the public mind. It’s quite unfair because 1) the man’s private life is still his own business and 2) the quality of his films in recent years has been quite good. From his brilliant cameo in Tropic Thunder to the slick thrills of Valkyrie and the unexpected triumph of Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol, he’s pretty much firing on all cylinders these days… despite comparatively poor box office. Jack Reacher is a sad testament to the bind he finds himself in: a smart, intelligent action thriller that got lost amid bad timing. The Blu-ray release is a perfect opportunity to catch what you probably missed. Hit the jump for my full review.

Weekend Box Office: THE HOBBIT: AN UNEXPECTED JOURNEY Stays Well Ahead of New Christmas Offerings

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hobbit-unexpected-journey-movie-image-martin-freeman-slice-01After coasting on holdovers for weeks, Hollywood studios have unleashed a feast of new features: just in time for Christmas. Even with all the competition, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey had no trouble staying in first place with an estimated $36.7 million. Jack Reacher placed second, but with less than half The Hobbit’s total. And with Les Miserables and Django Unchained on deck for Christmas Day, it looks like more than one new title will have a hard time distinguishing itself from the holiday crowd.

 Title Weekend Total
1.  The Hobbit $36,705,000 $149.8
2.  Jack Reacher $15,600,000 $15.6
3.  This is 40 $12,030,000 $12
4.  Rise of the Guardians $5,900,000 $79.6
5.  Lincoln $5,633,000 $116.7
6.  The Guilt Trip $5,390,000 $7.4
7.  Monsters, Inc. 3D $5,040,000 $6.5
8.  Skyfall $4,700,000 $279.9
9.  Life of Pi $3,800,000 $76.1
10.  Breaking Dawn Part 2 $2,600,000 $281.6

Friday Box Office: THE HOBBIT Continues to Dominate; JACK REACHER Solid in Second; THIS IS 40 in Third

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‘Tis the season for lots of movies, fa la la la… oh, you know the rest. Always a crowded period, this holiday season saw Hollywood’s major releases packed into just a seven day span – leaving The Hobbit plenty of room to grow into a blockbuster. Part one of Peter Jackson’s trilogy ended its first week with $113.2 million in the US, and added another $10.1 million (estimated) to that total yesterday. Despite an onslaught of new titles – including Jack Reacher and This is 40 on Friday – An Unexpected Journey is expected to stay on top until Christmas Day, when Les Miserables has a chance to unseat it.

Here’s a look at Friday’s top five:

Title Friday Total
1.  The Hobbit $10,170,000 $123.3
2.  Jack Reacher $5,100,000 $5.1
3.  This is 40 $3,700,000 $3.7
4.  Rise of the Guardians 41,566,000 $75.3
5.  The Guilt Trip $1,493,000 $3.5

Early JACK REACHER Reviews Praise the Action, Direction and Casting of Werner Herzog as the Villain, Mostly Positive Reactions for Tom Cruise

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Some early reviews for writer/director Christopher McQuarrie’s Jack Reacher are now available, with a consensus praising the film’s action sequences and pacing, as well as McQuarrie’s capable direction. Werner Herzog’s rare performance as the villain was also lauded across the board, while Tom Cruise’s role as the titular tough guy hit home with a majority of viewers. Fans of the Lee Child source novels were more critical of Cruise playing the 6’5” enforcer, but appeared to be won over by his on-screen intensity. The film also drew a number of comparisons to classics like Dirty Harry, Bullitt and The Outlaw Josey Wales.

Jack Reacher, also starring Robert Duvall, Rosamund Pike and David Oyelowo, opens December 21st. Hit the jump to read some of the early reviews and reactions.

New JACK REACHER Trailer Reveals More Plot and New Footage, Plus Plenty of Badass Action

by     Posted 2 years, 13 days ago

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Even though it’s in Japanese, this new trailer for Jack Reacher shows off more plot than any of the previous trailers combined. Plus, it’s not exactly light on action either. Director Christopher McQuarrie’s adaptation of Lee Child’s novel stars Tom Cruise as the titular character, a man who exists outside the law and exacts his own brand of ruthless justice. Also starring Werner Herzog, Rosamund Pike, Richard Jenkins, Robert Duvall, Jai Courtney and David Oyelowo, Jack Reacher opens December 21st. Hit the jump to watch the new trailer and finally understand what it’s all about.

Author Lee Child Defends the Casting of Tom Cruise in New Featurette for JACK REACHER

by     Posted 2 years, 18 days ago

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A new featurette for the Lee Child adaptation Jack Reacher has been released.  The film is based on Child’s novel One Shot, which is one of 16 novels that center on the Jack Reacher character.  In this featurette, the author talks about bringing the wildly popular character to the big screen and defends the decision to cast Tom Cruise as the 6’5”, 250 lbs. title character from the book series.  Despite a grating intro that’s narrated by “Movie Trailer Guy,” the featurette provides a nice look at the film and gives fans the chance to hear Child talk about having his material adapted into a feature film.  Director Christopher McQuarrie was just recently tapped to helm Mission: Impossible 5 based on his work with Cruise on Jack Reacher, so obviously Cruise and Paramount are happy with the film.  Here’s hoping he’s put together a fun thriller that’ll please the book’s legion of fans.

Hit the jump to watch the featurette.  The film also stars Rosamund Pike, Robert Duvall, Richard Jenkins, David Oyelowo, and Werner HerzogJack Reacher opens on December 21st.

JACK REACHER Launches First Two TV Spots with Tough Guy Tom Cruise

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Tom Cruise is looking to kick off another action franchise with Jack Reacher, a crime drama based on Lee Child’s book series featuring the title character. While Cruise isn’t the first person that comes to mind for fans of the imposing protagonist, he certainly does prove he’s still one hell of an ass-kicker in these two new TV spots for the film.

From writer/director Christopher McQuarrie, Jack Reacher also stars Rosamund Pike, Robert Duvall, Richard Jenkins, Jai Courtney, David Oyelowo and Werner Herzog. The film opens December 21st. Hit the jump to see the new TV spots. 

First Trailer for JACK REACHER Starring Tom Cruise

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The first trailer is online for The Way of the Gun-director Christopher McQuarrie’s Jack Reacher, starring Tom Cruise.  Unfortunately, it’s lost in translation unless you happen to speak Russian.  Basically, the guy in the hospital bed is narrating how badass Jack Recaher is; Cruise himself confirms it later on with no translation necessary.

An adaptation of the Lee Child novel, One Shot, Jack Reacher is the title character, an ex-military investigator who uses his imposing physical size (6’5”, 250lbs) and service experience to track down a sniper.  Jack Reacher also stars Rosamund Pike, Robert Duvall, Richard Jenkins and David Oyelowo, along with Werner Herzog as the villain.  The film is scheduled to open on December 21st, 2012.  Hit the jump to see the trailer.

Tom Cruise and Christopher McQuarrie’s ONE SHOT Now Titled JACK REACHER

by     Posted 2 years, 202 days ago

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Paramount’s upcoming crime thriller, starring Tom Cruise, has changed its title from One Shot to Jack Reacher.  The Christopher McQuarrie film, itself an adaptation of the Lee Child novel, “One Shot,” stars Cruise in the now title role.  In the novel, Jack Reacher is an ex-military investigator tasked with tracking down a serial sniper.  Known for his imposing size (6’5”, 250 lbs), Cruise was seen as an odd choice for the role, but was supported by the author himself.  Jack Reacher also stars Rosamund Pike, Richard Jenkins, Robert Duvall, David Oyelowo and Werner Herzog as the villain.  Keep an eye out over the next couple of weeks for the first trailer to drop.  Hit the jump for more on Jack Reacher, which opens this December 21st.

Tom Cruise Lands Christopher McQuarrie’s ONE SHOT

by     Posted 3 years, 155 days ago

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After starring in what might be his last Mission: Impossible movie, Tom Cruise is already moving on to a new action franchise. Cruise has penned a deal with Paramount Pictures and Skydance Productions to star as Jack Reacher, a retired military policeman turned crime-fighting drifter, in One Shot. Based on the novel series by Lee Child, Reacher is a reoccurring character known for his stoic nature, brutality in dealing with villains and his imposing size. The plot of One Shot revolves around Reacher investigating an accused sniper who gunned down five seemingly innocent victims. Though it is set in a Midwestern town, the movie is expected to film in Pittsburgh. Christopher McQuarrie (The Way of the Gun) is attached as the writer/director. For more on One Shot and Cruise’s upcoming projects, hit the jump.

Screenwriter Christopher McQuarrie to Rework and Possibly Direct ONE SHOT

by     Posted 4 years, 156 days ago

Oscar-winning screenwriter Christopher McQuarrie (The Usual Suspects) has been hired by Paramount to rework the thriller One Shot, which he may also end up directing.  Per Heat Vision, “The project is based on a series of novels written by Lee Child that center on Jack Reacher, a military police officer-turned-drifter. One Shot, the ninth book in the series, tells the story of a military sniper accused of murder who seeks Reacher’s help.”  Not surprisingly, Paramount is hoping to develop the property into a franchise.

If McQuarrie were hired to direct, it would be his first film since the 2000′s astoundingly wretched The Way of the Gun (which he also wrote).  McQuarrie recently handled the screenplays for the sequel to X-Men Origins: Wolverine and Bryan Singer’s Jack the Giant Killer.

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