Jack Reacher: Never Go Back Ed Zwick interview

Throughout his career, Tom Cruise has developed strong relationships with some notable filmmakers. From Steven Speilberg, Christopher McQuarrie, Cameron Crowe, to Doug Liman, it’s clear when Cruise connects with a director, he’s going to seek future opportunities and more stories to tell with those people. Another director on that list is Ed Zwick, whom Cruise worked with on The Last Samurai and most recently, Jack Reacher: Never Go Back.

Like the Mission: Impossible franchise, Jack Reacher is maybe now another series where a director can come in and bring their personal touch to the character. Christopher McQuarrie’s Jack Reacher is lean, efficient and runs like clockwork. In McQuarrie’s film, Jack Reacher is already Jack Reacher. He knows who is he is. Reacher asks few questions, and McQuarrie asks even fewer questions about him. In Ed Zwick’s hands, that’s not the Reacher we watch. His portrayal of author Lee Child‘s character is more vulnerable and conflicted.

For a variety of reasons, the sequel is different from its predecessor. We discussed some of these differences with Zwick, in addition to adapting Child’s novel, director Syndey Pollack, Tom Cruise’s deep love for storytelling, and more.

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Tom Cruise Movies in 9 Minutes - James Corden Role Call

James Corden has plenty of fun with “Carpool Karaoke” over on The Late Late Show at CBS. In fact, people love it so much that Apple Music ordered an entire TV series based on the premise. However, my personal favorite gag of James Corden’s is when he gets a big movie star to reenact their entire filmography in just a few minutes. Tom Hanks did it in eight minutes, Matt Damon did it in seven minutes and Arnold Schwarzenegger did it in six minutes. Now it’s Tom Cruise‘s turn, and this one takes the longest yet.

Watch almost all the Tom Cruise movies reenacted in just 9 minutes after the jump, and there just might be a cameo from one of Tom Cruise’s former co-stars. Read More »

Jack Reacher Never Go Back Reviews - Tom Cruise

This weekend brings Tom Cruise back to the big screen in action star mode again with Jack Reacher: Never Go Back hitting theaters. While the first Jack Reacher movie was a surprise throwback of an action movie with an old school tough guy hero in the lead, it sounds like the follow-up has lost some of the magic that made audiences like the cocky, no nonsense character so much the first time around.

In the first Jack Reacher Never Go Back reviews hitting the web today, it appears most of the blame is being put on director Edward Zwick (The Last Samurai), who doesn’t seem to understand what made the title character special. In addition, the sequel suffers from having a forgettable villain. But at the very least, Tom Cruise is still outstanding, and the action sounds like it’s on solid ground as well.

Read a round-up of Jack Reacher Never Go Back reviews below.

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tom cruise superhero movie

Before it arrived in 2008 to massive box office and reshaped the blockbuster landscape in ways that we’re still figuring out, Iron Man endured nearly two decades of development hell. Universal initially acquired the film rights to the character in 1990, but the film failed to find footing for years, with directors, writers, and actors cycling through the project every few years. Directors who were reportedly offered the helm at one point or another include Stuart Gordon, Quentin Tarantino, Joss Whedon, and Nick Cassavetes. It wasn’t until 2005 that Marvel got the rights back. They hired Jon Favreau in 2006 and the rest is history.

So when we talk about the fact that Tom Cruise toyed with the idea of playing Tony Stark in an Iron Man movie, it’s important to remember that this chatter happened at a time when everyone was seemingly attached to an Iron Man movie. But it makes for good trivia and, more importantly, it makes for a good introduction to a news story about whether or not Cruise has any interest in playing superheroes these days.

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Tom Cruise Running - Mission Impossible - Ghost Protocol

It’s no secret that superstar Tom Cruise usually ends up running at some point in nearly every single movie he’s made. He’s quite the spry action star at age 54, and he’s showing no sign of slowing down soon. With Jack Reacher: Never Go Back coming to theaters this coming weekend, we’re bound to see him sprinting again, but until then, how about we find out just how long Tom Cruise has been running on the big screen.

There have been montages of Tom Cruise running put together before, but this new one appears to be the most comprehensive because it rounds up all the little clips of the actor running. The video starts all the way back in Cruise’s younger days on movies like T.A.P.S. and The Outsiders up through last year’s Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation. Find out how long we’ve watched Tom Cruise running on the big screen below. Read More »

Jack Reacher Never Go Back Trailer

Tom Cruise is back in action this fall with Jack Reacher: Never Go Back. The star of the Mission: Impossible franchise launched another action movie series in 2012 with the first movie based on Lee Child’s recurring character who has been at the center of over 100 million books sold worldwide. It was a simple action flick with a lead character who feels like a throwback to movies from the late ’80s and early ’90s. That didn’t sit well with some audiences, but it worked for me, so I’m happy to see Cruise cracking skulls and kicking ass in the new IMAX trailer teasing the sequel’s release. Read More »

mission: impossible 6

Last month we heard that Tom Cruise was holding up Mission: Impossible 6 over a dispute with studio Paramount Pictures over pay. But today it was revealed that Cruise has signed a deal to return as Ethan Hunt for a sixth mission. Find out the details after the jump.
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Mission: Impossible 6 delay

Ethan Hunt’s next death-defying adventure has hit a bit of a speed bump. Paramount Pictures has reportedly pumped the brakes on Mission: Impossible 6, which has Tom Cruise returning to star and Chris McQuarrie back to direct. But there’s no need to panic yet: shooting isn’t even underway on the film, and there’s a good chance both sides will work something out before the entire thing has to be pushed back.  Read More »

jack reacher never go back poster

A widely released action movie starring Tom Cruise shouldn’t need people rushing to its defense, but I’ve spent the past four years sticking up for Jack Reacher. Christopher McQuarrie’s cinematic take on Lee Child‘s long-running series of novels about a homeless military police veteran who wanders the country solving problems with both his keen wits and his fists is nothing short of fantastic, an old-school, small-scale thriller that feels like it was made for, well, adults. The action is rough and intimate. The central mystery thoroughly engaging. The characters are rich and often very funny. It even features a brilliantly staged, low-key car chase that puts the bombast of most modern blockbusters to shame. Jack Reacher is the real deal.

As we approach the October release date of the sequel, Jack Reacher: Never Go Back, I find myself equally excited and trepidatious in equal measure. Cruise is back, but McQuarrie is not, with Edward Zwick now sitting in the director’s chair. Zwick has made good movies and bad movies, but he’s a solid journeyman when paired with the right material. Is a Jack Reacher sequel the right material? Can a new poster and extended TV spot answer that question?

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Doug Liman‘s Edge of Tomorrow was one of the most pleasant surprises of 2014, a genuinely thrilling sci-fi actioner that made the most of Tom Cruise‘s charisma and turned Emily Blunt into a bonafide action star. So when we heard Liman and Cruise were reuniting for Mena, we were all in. But it looks like it’ll be a while before we find out how their new project actually turned out.

Universal has pushed back Mena by over eight months, from January 2017 to fall. And while they were at it, they slapped on a new title as well: Mena will now be titled American MadeRead More »