The Straits Times
Published on Dec 23, 2012

I don't think you could make movies without depicting violence: Jack Reacher director


Tom Cruise and Christopher McQuarrie, the star and director of new crime thriller Jack Reacher - which opens with a sniper shooting into a crowd of innocent people, including a child - decided to postpone the film's premiere in the United States after the Dec 14 Sandy Hook shootings.

But McQuarrie drew the line at saying he would relook his approach towards depicting violence in the movies.

"Movies are a reflection of life," he said at a Jack Reacher press event at the Mandarin Oriental hotel in New York last Monday. "Violence is a very real part of life and I don't think you could make movies without depicting it - the movies themselves would become fairly bland.

"At the same time, I think there's a responsible way in which one can prevent, I mean, present violence - Freudian slip there," said the 46-year-old, who wrote the Oscar-winning original screenplay for the clever 1995 heist thriller The Usual Suspects.