Paramount has released a new full-length trailer for the upcoming Tom Cruse action film Jack Reacher, and it is serious. Cruise plays the eponymous hero, a former military police toughie who's gone off the grid, only to return to settle a score and/or bring in an ultimate baddie. Based on a beloved series of books, this a hard-boiled story about a grim guy who's not afraid of a little brutal violence. That's all well and good, just look at Drive, but is it really the right thing for Tom Cruise?
Cruise has had an uneasy go of it ever since he started jumping on couches and calling Matt Lauer glib. He was labeled an oddity, a man who seemed a bit maniacally obsessed with his beloved Church of Scientology, an image that was not helped by an unsettling video of Cruise meant for Scientologists' eyes only that was posted on Gawker almost five years ago. People spent a lot of the '00s calling Tom Cruise a weirdo, maybe even a little menacing, and his career suffered because of it. Mission: Impossible III disappointed Valkyrie bombed, Knight and Day was really only a success outside of the U.S. (Which still makes it a success, of course, but Tom Cruise is supposed to be America's chosen leading man.) It took last December's Mission: Impossible — Ghost Protocol to put Cruise back in the real black. The film was well-reviewed and, on the way to becoming a certified worldwide smash, became the highest-grossing film in the M:I franchise. So Tom Cruise was back on top! Until, maybe, his weird work in Rock of Ages flopped this spring, though he probably doesn't bear the brunt of the blame for that. But the fact remains that his re-ascendancy is still a bit precarious. Is this Jack Reacher, then, the right film for him?