This list is not about quality. In fact, it will be only time you ever see ‘Corky Romano’ ranked above a Steven Soderbergh movie on any list. This list is about knee-jerk reactions to names. If you name your movie after your main character and only your main character, you are immediately assuming the name is compelling enough to command your attention. This is not about whether or not a movie is good; this is entirely about whether or not a simple character name can, by itself, get your butt in the theater.
One of 2012's most pleasant surprises was Christopher McQuarrie's 'Jack Reacher,' which starred Tom Cruise as the titular bad ass. As it was based on a series of books by Lee Child it seemed ready to spawn a franchise, but the film's modestly-hyped Christmas release suggested that Paramount didn't know if they had a winner. The film was a modest success, and now Paramount is working on developing a sequel.
On May 7, Christopher McQuarrie’s proud return to the silver screen, 'Jack Reacher,' arrives on Blu-ray. The film, which stars Tom Cruise, is based on a series of books by author Lee Childs, and follows the title character, an ex-soldier who kicks a lot of ass while investigating a series of murders by a former U.S. army sniper. In advance of its upcoming release, Paramount Home Entertainment enlisted a small group of reporters to visit the Paramount Pictures back lot and experience first-hand what Cruise and his co-stars went through during shooting – including stunt driving, and most crucially, fight training. And we were there.
December is often a surprising month at the box office as many films that never top the box office end up making a lot of money. The Tom Cruise vehicle 'Jack Reacher' opened right before Christmas and had a $15 million opening weekend. Sounds weak right? And yet the picture has grossed nearly $80 million domestically, and over $200 million worldwide. Which is why Paramount is talking about a sequel.
Something went horribly wrong this weekend. Despite a few high profile new releases and the mere presence of 'The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey,' this weekend's box office was, uh...not great. What happened here?
Say what you will about the guy's personal life, Tom Cruise has had an amazing career, appearing in a wide variety of films and always throwing himself into his performances one hundred percent. As this month sees the release of Cruise's hopeful new...
If he hadn't already used that title for another movie, Tom Cruise could have easily called 'Jack Reacher' 'The Last Samurai.' There's a bit of Toshiro Mifune's Sanjuro in this Reacher guy: the masterless warrior who strides into a corrupt town, answers to no one, rights a few wrongs, busts a few heads, and wanders away to find his next challenge. He has no possessions; he owns exactly two shirts and one jacket. All he carries with him is a roll of $100 bills, a passport, a toothbrush, and his inflexible moral code. He would have fit right in back in feudal Japan. Or the Old West, for that matter. He'd make a hell of a Man With No Name.
By now, all of the big end of the year pictures have screened, including 'The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey' and 'Django Unchained.' Well, all but one. We're still waiting to hear word about 'Jack Reacher,' which stars Tom Cruise, and was directed by Christopher McQuarrie. Now there's a Japanese Trailer, which offers some new footage.
We're starting to get excited about the release of 'Jack Reacher.' Sure, this December has some hotly anticipated films like 'Django Unchained' and 'The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey,' but after last year's 'Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol' we're happy to spend two hours watching Tom Cruise in action.
Christopher McQuarrie clearly has a friend in Tom Cruise. The screenwriter/director has already collaborated with Cruise on several films, including the upcoming 'Jack Reacher' and now it looks like he's going to nab the awesome job of directing 'Mission: Impossible 5'.