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.
‘Another one?’ That was the sceptical reaction of many when I told them that a new Mission: Impossible was coming out this year. After all, they’ve done three of them so the trilogy is complete, right? And yet, the famed spy series work better as standalone movies as opposed to continuations of the films that preceded them. All three movies have had different directors, and all have put their own unique stamp on the series; Brian De Palma introduced us to super-agent Ethan Hunt in 1996, John Woo had Hunt stopping deadly viruses in 2000, and J.J. Abrams got Ethan hitched in 2006. With Ghost Protocol, the trend continues; this time it’s the turn of Brad Bird, director of animated delights such as The Incredibles and Ratatouille. In his first live-action feature, is he able to eclipse the high benchmark set by the previous Mission: Impossible movies?
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