Best case, a role like Reacher would give Cruise another chance to tap into his single-minded "Collateral" killer, but as written, he comes across as more of a weary boy scout, snuffing much of the energy that makes him so appealing.
Enter Reacher, ready to send her client straight to hell, when Helen convinces him to assist her in the suspect's defense.
In a different kind of Cruise movie, Reacher would take her breath away in a soft-focus sex scene.
Seeing as how Child's Reacher novels are composed mostly of terse sentences, three to five words apiece, McQuarrie follows suit with his adaptation, delivering dialogue and story in sharp little jabs.
UK and Commonwealth rights to the three new Reacher
titles were purchased from Child's agent Darley Anderson by Marianne Velmans, who said: "We really didn't know whether Lee would continue the series - I'm not sure he himself knew either.