Jack Reacher is a giant. He has many other notable characteristics — always knowing the time exactly without a watch, obsessing over the quality of his coffee, never carrying more than a toothbrush, and so forth — but sheer size is Jack Reacher’s big thing. He stands 6ft 5in high, has a 50in chest, 36in legs and he weighs around 250lb, none of it body fat............//..............Cinema is the art of illusion, and if SFX wizardry means we can now be successfully transported to the world, of, say, Avatar or Prometheus, then how difficult could it be to make Tom Cruise (5ft 7in on a good day) look just a little larger than life?
Cunning camera angles and careful casting could surely take care of the problem? After all, Humphrey Bogart (5ft 8in) rose above the rest back in the day, pre-CGI, using just extra cushions to sit on, boxes to stand on, five-inch platform heels, and, it is said, little trenches for his leading ladies to subside into.
The remarkable fact, though, is that in this movie no attempt whatsoever has been made to big up Tom Cruise. He swaggers mightily, leaning backwards, swinging his arms out from his body as though to accommodate gigantic muscles, treading heavily as though almost unbearable weight had to be allowed for — but the overall effect is laughable. He remains a titch. It's exactly like a small boy pretending to be a big man.