With an apocalyptic résumé that includes Independence Day, The Day After Tomorrow and 2012, Roland Emmerich is renowned as one of the biggest purveyors of over-the-top blockbuster mayhem. White House Down (2013) is very much in the same mould; loud and unabashedly dumb, it’s fun and forgettable popcorn fodder at its purest, all wrapped up in that now-familiar Die Hard framework.
Almost a year after the quietly impressive Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol (2011), Tom Cruise is back in cinemas dispensing justice once again in Jack Reacher (2012), an explosive actioner written and directed by Oscar-winner Christopher McQuarrie. Based on the novel One Shot by Lee Child, long-time fans of Reacher have already expressed outrage at Cruise’s casting. Among other noticeable changes between the novel and the film (as is always the case) the fact that Reacher is written as a 6′ 5″ muscle man and Tom Cruise is – well, not a 6′ 5″ muscle man – could prove problematic down the line. Joining Cruise and Herzog is a strong supporting cast including Rosamund Pike, Robert Duvall, Richard Jenkins, David Oyelowo and Jai Courtney.
Watch the trailer at CineVue here.