News: Christopher McQuarrie Returns To Director’s Chair For Jack Reacher

You may not know Christopher McQuarrie is but, if you love your films, I guarantee you’ve seen at least one thing he’s be involved with. Most famously he wrote the brilliant The Usual Suspects. Yep, that big twist we all love so much was down to him. He’s also been in the director’s chair. Once. He wrote and took the reins of The Way Of The Gun in 2000Featuring a cast of nasty, despicable, and truly unlikeable characters, it was vastly underrated and deserved a bigger audience. I really should cover it for Cult Film Corner. Anyway, he’s back behind the camera again for Jack Reacher.

The little fella? That’s Tom Cruise. He’s having a rough time at the moment, so I think we should go easy on him. So, the trailer. I’m interested. Not excited. It’s good enough for me to give it a chance. There’ve been some comparisons with Nicholas Winding Refn’s Drive too. I’m guessing it’s because of the car, the cityscape, and the violence, but it FEELS different from Refn’s film. More American. More traditional.

So, what’s the film about? It’s based on a novel by Lee Childs called One Shot. That was the title of the film until recently. The book’s synopsis read like this – “Six shots. Five dead. One heartland city thrown into a state of terror. But within hours the cops have it solved: a slam-dunk case. Except for one thing. The accused man says: You got the wrong guy. Then he says: Get Reacher for me. And sure enough, from the world he lives in—no phone, no address, no commitments–ex–military investigator Jack Reacher is coming. In Lee Child’s astonishing new thriller, Reacher’s arrival will change everything—about a case that isn’t what it seems, about lives tangled in baffling ways, about a killer who missed one shot–and by doing so give Jack Reacher one shot at the truth…”

Intriguing. The cast features the likes of Rosamund Pike, Richard Jenkins, Robert Duvall, and German director Werner Herzog, who plays the film’s villain.

Jack Reacher his US screens on the 21st December.

Sources: /Film, JoBlo,

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