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The Drill Down 459: CES 2017 Wrap-Up; iPhone Turns 10
Mr. BabyMan   |  

TDD_459 CES 2017

On this week’s Drill Down podcast, CES wraps us, Yahoo! makes some major changes, Apple‘s iPhone turns 10, and much more.

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Movie Review: Jack Reacher
Adam Frazier   |  

Jack Reacher PosterJack Reacher
Directed by Christopher McQuarrie
Written by Christopher McQuarrie
Starring: Tom Cruise, Rosamund Pike, Robert Duvall, Werner Herzog
Paramount Pictures
Rated PG-13 | 130 minutes
Release Date: December 21st, 2012

Written and directed by Christopher McQuarrie, Jack Reacher is based on Lee Child‘s 2005 novel, One Shot.

When a gunman takes five lives with six shots, all the evidence points to suspect James Barr (Joseph Sikora), an ex-Army sniper with a history of violence.

During interrogation, Barr offers up only a single note: “Get Jack Reacher.” Enter Reacher (Tom Cruise), a drifter and former Military Police Officer who makes it his business to right wrongs and be an all-around bad-ass.

Working as an investigator for Barr’s defense attorney, Helen Rodin (Rosamund Pike), Reacher begins to unravel a case involving a hired killer and a Russian known only as “The Zec,” played by German director Werner Herzog (Aguirre: The Wrath of God, Grizzly Man).

Herzog is perfect for the role: the director has made a career out of muttering about death and the chaotic indifference of nature, so it’s only natural his character would order a low-level thug to bite off his own thumb or get shot in the head. I imagine Herzog acts completely the same when working with actors or documentary subjects.

Jack Reacher is an above-average crime thriller from another era. It feels like ’40s pulp noir at times, with hard-boiled dialogue and staff action sequences including an impressive car chase straight out of ’70s cinema. Cruise, as always, is able to convince the audience that he is who he says he is. By doing all of his own stunts, Cruise inhabits his roles in the way that few Hollywood stars can.

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Robert Pattinson To Play Lawrence Of Arabia In Werner Herzog’s ‘Queen of the Desert’
eelyajekiM   |  

Robert Pattinson

Never in my wildest dreams would I have put Robert Pattinson and Lawrence of Arabia in the same sentence. Well today is the day that wild and crazy dream comes true, because Pattinson is now attached to play T.E. Lawrence, a.k.a. Lawrence of Arabia, in Werner Herzog’s Gertrude Bell biopic, Queen of the Desert.

Pattinson will co-star alongside Naomi Watts, who will play Bell. The movie will chronicle the history of Bell, who was a woman of many skills which included a writer, archaeologist, explorer, cartographer, and political attache for the British Empire.

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‘Jack Reacher’ Trailer: Tom Cruise Goes Out For A Rage-Fueled Drive
eelyajekiM   |  

Jack Reacher

The first trailer for Christopher McQuarrie’s Jack Reacher has debuted online.

In the film Tom Cruise seems to be taking on the same persona that Ryan Gosling played in Drive. Whether or not you like Cruise as the titular character, I am sure the brutality in his violence should be enough to convince you that Jack Reacher is at least worth a look.

Check out the trailer below.

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Paramount Changes Title Of Tom Cruise Actioner ‘One Shot’ To ‘Jack Reacher’
eelyajekiM   |  

Jack Reacher Header

Ads and banners tend to fly and flap in the winds or cover various walls during all kinds of film festivals. Some confirm that a movie is inevitably coming and others confirm that a title has change. This recently happened with director Christopher McQuarrie‘s new Tom Cruise action/thriller from One Shot, which will now be known as Jack Reacher.

McQuarrie’s adaptation is an adaptation of Lee Child‘s novel One Shot, and is actually the ninth book in a series of novels that involve the Reacher character. The series follows Reacher, a former Army MP, who gets caught up in one dangerous situation after the next.

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