Tom Cruise works as tough guy 'Jack Reacher'
Tom Cruise takes on the character depicted in author Lee Child's thriller.
The Lee Child pulp thriller â€śOne Shotâ€ť is the occasion for a possible franchise in â€śJack Reacher,â€ť starring Tom Cruise as the eponymous tough guy who drifts into crime scenes out of nowhere and clears up the mess. In Childâ€™s Reacher books, the character is a burly hulk, but Cruise is perfectly fine. Who says all tough guys have to look like the Terminator?
Writer-director Christopher McQuarrie (he wrote â€śThe Usual Suspectsâ€ť) has a good feel for hard-boiled theatrics, and the plot â€“ which has to do with a sniper shooting and the clearing of an innocent man â€“ is well-engineered. Werner Herzog, better known as one of the finest living directors, plays a bad guy with Teutonic relish. If he doesnâ€™t watch it, heâ€™ll have a whole other career for himself playing dead-eyed villains. Grade: B (Rated PG-13 for violence, language and some drug material.)