REVIEW: Lee Child’s ‘Jack Reacher’ Falls Prey To The Tom Cruise Paradox


Jack Reacher, protagonist of Lee Child’s brilliant series of airport pulp, has sold nearly 40 million books. He’s also blonde, ugly, 6’5” and 250 lbs, which means the difference between the Reacher that fans love and Tom Cruise, who plays him in his long-awaited film debut, is literally sizable: Ten inches and 90 lbs, to be exact, and a whole lot of handsome. Child’s Jack Reacher is homeless, and for the well-coiffed Cruise, playing a guy who shops as Goodwill is as much of a stretch as hoping no one will notice his larger-than-life ex-military cop is barely taller than his co-star Rosamund Pike. (Which in real life, he’s not ? Pike towers over him by two inches.)

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