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Did 'Jack Reacher' miss his 'One Shot' at big-screen success?

Jack Reacher (film)


When author Lee Child's Jack Reacher came out in 2012, the wandering ex-military cop may have had two things going against him: the superhero trifecta of Marvel's The Avengers, The Amazing Spider-Man and The Dark Knight Rises, and the shootings in Connecticut.

However, what happened on September 11, 2001 didn't affect 24, as its lead character Jack Bauer (Kiefer Sutherland) became the hero for that era in the global fight against terrorism, while Superman-in-training Clark Kent spend that decade becoming the symbol for truth, justice, and the American Way in Smallville. What happened in Aurora, Colorado didn't affect the box office success of the final chapter of Christopher Nolan's Dark Knight trilogy with Christian Bale as Batman, the symbol against those who preys on the fearful.

Jack Reacher does deserve a second look with Tom Cruise, and while he still has the potential to become a big-screen franchise, the film looks more a pilot for a television series: a successor to Jack Bauer, who also served the military and his country.

Both Bauer and Reacher are cut from the same cloth as Dirty Harry and Die Hard's John McClane: doesn't care about laws or rules but what is right, the wrong guy at the wrong place at the wrong place, but the guy always does the right thing at the end.

If Jack Reacher ever did became a weekly television series, he would have been the combination between the Lone Ranger, the Cisco Kid, and Robin Hood: a modern-day Western, where Reacher goes from town to town fighting for justice, rescuing and romancing damsels in distress, and championing those who can't fight for themselves.

Still, what happened in Connecticut and what's been happening now should show why people should have saw Jack Reacher but needs to get it now on DVD, for the message is simple: we want to see good triumph over evil.