Perhaps I should start this by saying I’m a Tom Cruise fan. It’s kind of popular to dismiss him these days, to roll the eyes at his latest action movie. Maybe it’s our culture’s tendency to knock a big star down a peg, to declare a guy past his prime or a relic of a bygone era.
But I enjoy Cruise’s movies. While he occasionally comes off as trying too hard to impress — especially as he gets older — I love that he does most of his own stunts. When you see him jumping off a rooftop or dangling from a crane, that’s usually Cruise doing it himself. The guy is putting everything he has into his performance, busting his ass for our entertainment.
Yet maybe Cruise is guilty of playing the same type of role too often. Recently, he’s frequently been the bad-ass operative who’s really good at beating people up in the Mission: Impossible movies, Knight and Day, and Jack Reacher. That last one may have been a bit of stretch for him, given that he doesn’t come close to matching the hulking traits