Lee Child’s Jack Reacher crime novels are a film franchise waiting to happen. Judging by Jack Reacher, the new Tom Cruise movie, they’ll have to wait a little longer. As Kurt Loder explains, the movie’s central problem is one of casting. Child’s protagonist is a former army major and top military police investigator. He’s a scruffy six-foot-five and weighs 250 pounds, and these are key attributes of the character (he’s a formidable butt-kicker). You don’t have to be a Tom Cruise hater to agree that this is not a description of Tom Cruise.
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