After the huge success of last year’s Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol, it seems that Paramount wants to make every Christmas a Tom Cruise Holiday. This year we get Cruise in Jack Reacher, and they’ve cut a great trailer for this down and dirty action movie.

Cruise is the titular Reacher, and he’s an army cop who comes back to the world after a two year disappearance because of a shooting that left five dead and a man possibly framed for the murder. That possible becomes likely as the film suggests a larger conspiracy that involves men led by Werner Herzog‘s bad guy. And though physically Cruise has Herzog by a mile, we still think it’s possible that the master German director could take Cruise given the right circumstances. Robert Duvall, Rosamund Pike and Richard Jenkins also appear in the film, which was written and directed by Christopher McQuarrie.

The ending makes the trailer. It also says something about people’s attitudes towards cops and it gives one of the film’s extras a nice moment. Audiences haven’t been responding as well to throwback action movie, ones with few CGI assisted effects and a commanding lead, but perhaps Cruise – now close to returned to his previous infallible movie star status – will bring audiences in. Or maybe this trailer will get people excited as it is pretty great. The film is scheduled to open December 21.

Do you still think of couch jumping when you see Cruise?