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Apparently Lee Child, the British writer behind all-American badass Jack Reacher, plans on producing a new Jack Reacher novel at least once a year. Which is good news for fans of the character. The last book, “A Wanted Man”, was actually pretty good, though like most of Reacher’s stories, it’s very tightly contained. I.e. no saving the world stuff here, just a guy who gets into trouble and has to battle his way out, fists and bullets flying along the way. And say what you will about the casting of Cruise as Reacher, but he seems to get the character. Jack Reacher is a hero, but he most definitely plays by his own rules. Take a gander at the first full trailer for “Jack Reacher”, which drives that point home.
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, ex–military investigator Jack Reacher is coming. He knows this shooter—a trained military sniper who never should have missed a shot. Reacher is certain something is not right—and soon the slam-dunk case explodes. Now Reacher is teamed with a beautiful young defense lawyer, moving closer to the unseen enemy who is pulling the strings. Reacher knows that no two opponents are created equal. This one has come to the heartland from his own kind of hell. And Reacher knows that the only way to take him down is to match his ruthlessness and cunning—and then beat him shot for shot.
Also starring Rosamund Pike, Robert Duvall, Jai Courtney, Richard Jenkins, Werner Herzog, James Martin Kelly, David Oyelowo, Michael Raymond-James, Alexia Fast, and directed by Christopher McQuarrie.
Busting heads in the name of justice December 21, 2012.
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