FILM: Jack Reacher (12A)

The US premiere of this explosive action thriller, based on the book One Shot by Lee Child, has been postponed in the wake of the shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary.

However, this first chapter of a potential new franchise is still set for release on both sides of the Atlantic around Christmas, written and directed by Christopher McQuarrie, who won an Oscar for The Usual Suspects.

Tom Cruise plays former Army officer Jack Reacher, who disappeared off the grid months ago and is now a ghost to his own government.

He is lured out of hiding when mentally unstable sniper James Barr (Joseph Sikora) is arrested for the slaughter of five innocent people in Pennsylvania.

Before Barr slipped into a coma, he wrote down three words - Get Jack Reacher. On cue, Jack makes contact with lead detective Emerson (David Oyelowo) and District Attorney Rodin (Richard Jenkins), convinced that the cops have caught their shooter.

However, Rodin’s daughter, defence attorney Helen Rodin (Rosamund Pike), isn’t so sure and she hires Jack to probe the forensics and discover if she is representing a guilty man.

As Jack follows the chain of evidence, he falls foul of criminal mastermind The Zec (Werner Herzog) and his sharp-shooting henchman (Jai Courtney), who are killing witnesses to ensure the truth about the shooting never comes to light.

Released: December 26 (UK & Ireland), 130 mins