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Jack Reacher: Trailer Breakdown
Shot-by-shot guide to the trailer formerly known as One Shot

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Jack Reacher is the first cinema outing for Lee Child's iconic Jack Reacher, the hard-as-nails drifter who wanders America (and occasionally elsewhere) kicking ass and taking names to protect the innocent and generally do good. The books are a long-time favourite of the Empire office, each new instalment greeted with the sort of enthusiasm generally reserved for a junkie's latest hit, and we even had Lee Child come in and talk us through the franchise. But how will Christopher McQuarrie and Tom Cruise handle it on the big screen? Here's the first trailer to give us a taster - and Reacher expert Chris Hewitt to talk us through it...

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Rev Your Engines

We begin with the sound of an engine - something to which some Reacher fans have objected, for reasons we’ll get into later. But it’s clear why the Paramount trailer bods went with this: a revving engine always suggests tension and cool in spades (see also: Drive). And it’s building to something.

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1 wrong car...
It's quite obviously a Chevrolet Chevelle SS More

Posted by hemibell on Monday December 10, 2012, 23:20

2 I don't know the books...
...but the name Jack Reacher is shite. It's like a bad Arnold Shwarzenegger character (thinking Last Action Hero). Is it supposed to be crap? Is it an in-joke between the author and the readers? Cos by the looks of the trailer, I'm guessing it's not. Any-hoo, I like the Cruiser as an actor, so I'll probably give it a go. He doesn't immediately strike me as a one-man-army though. Shame Liam Neeson did Taken. This would've been a good fit for him. More

Posted by Porter on Thursday July 5, 2012, 17:15

3 I don't know the books...
...but the name Jack Reacher is shite. It's like a bad Arnold Shwarzenegger character (thinking Last Action Hero). Is it supposed to be crap? Is it an in-joke between the author and the readers? Cos by the looks of the trailer, I'm guessing it's not. Any-hoo, I like the Cruiser as an actor, so I'll probably give it a go. He doesn't immediately strike me as a one-man-army though. Shame Liam Neeson did Taken. This would've been a good fit for him. More

Posted by Porter on Thursday July 5, 2012, 16:51

4 Looking good...
This is looking good... after playing Vincent in "Collateral" Cruise certainly can play "badass" and he'll bring this part to life! Can't wait the full thang! More

Posted by Sub Rosa on Thursday July 5, 2012, 12:46

5 The Car
I believe it's a chevrolet Nova super sport, please anyone feel free to correct me if i'm wrong! More

Posted by i_wascloned on Thursday July 5, 2012, 11:41

6
Have to admit I've never read the books, but page 4 made me larf. Not exactly selling it to me.... More

Posted by warren7355 on Thursday July 5, 2012, 10:24

7 Cliche Ridden Yawn Fest
Nuf sed. More

Posted by BluesBoy on Wednesday July 4, 2012, 23:16

8 top stuff
like roadhouse, hard target, any which way but loose and they live all moulded together! More

Posted by mclane1 on Wednesday July 4, 2012, 18:41

9 Alternatives
Never read a Reacher book, but from what I do know, aren't there a lot of people who are far more suitable for this part? Tom Hardy is obviously busy with Mad Max, but what about: Hugh Jackman, Josh Holloway, Chris Hemsworth, Eric Bana. Or if you want to go way left-field Kevin Durand, Joe Manganiello..? There are more. Cruise is an odd choice and it looks it from the trailers. More

Posted by crimebusterofthesea on Wednesday July 4, 2012, 15:34

10 Not assuaging any doubts
Certainly doesn't assuage any doubts about Cruise as Reacher. Everything about this trailer is awful: the Mission Impossible style music, the fact that "Reacher" is looking UP at the bad guys, the overly wordy, cheesy dialogue. Again, the way Reacher looks is a major, major part of his character. It's just not Reacher without the imposing size and muscle. Not only that, but Cruise just cannot put across Reacher's stoic, silent demeanor, despite his attempts at "acting." This is the worst casting in history, all because of Cruise's ego in casting himself in a part clearly completely wrong for him. And it is one of the worst missed opportunities for a great movie series ever. More

Posted by Madhava on Wednesday July 4, 2012, 14:27

11 .38 not .22
it was a .38 that he was shot with in Tripwire not a measly .22. More

Posted by Maneroch on Wednesday July 4, 2012, 14:02

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