Here are two TV spots for the Tom Cruise vehicle Jack Reacher, in which Cruise plays the ex-MP wanderer of the film’s title. Created by author Lee Child, Jack Reacher is a character who lives in more than a dozen novels full of violence and danger. And while the trailers for the film, and these spots, demonstrate that the violence is indeed a part of the big-screen incarnation, they also suggest that it is a bit less dangerous.

But at least director Werner Herzog plays the bad guy, and the first of two spots below will give you just a bit of a taste of his approach, in case you missed him in the last theatrical trailer. 

The second spot is actually better, as it opens with part of a confrontation that sees Reacher doing a bit of retail intimidation. Those who’ve read the book know exactly what this scene is; for those who haven’t, I’ll just say that it ties into a key part of the first trailer released for the movie.

Jack Reacher opens on December 21, and the success of the film may directly relate to whether or not Cruise and writer/director Christopher McQuarrie go on to make Mission: Impossible 5 together.

When a gunman takes five lives with six shots, all evidence points to the suspect in custody. On interrogation, the suspect offers up a single note: “Get Jack Reacher!” So begins an extraordinary chase for the truth, pitting Jack Reacher against an unexpected enemy, with a skill for violence and a secret to keep.

[via the Daily Blam]

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