Jack Reacher: Never Go Back

Jack Reacher: Never Go Back

Edward Zwick (2016)

117min
12A Certificate
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Review

Our Score
Tom Cruise is both the greatest strength and a weakness for the Jack Reacher franchise, based on Lee Child's novels. His macho posturing as the military cop is laughable in places and yet, without his movie-star charisma the character's exploits wouldn't justify the big-screen canvas. In this sequel he's made a fugitive after being wrongly accused of murder, which also means breaking a date with Major Turner (Cobie Smulders). That's OK though because she's on the run, too, after being accused of selling government secrets. They must prove their innocence and, in another cliché, a feisty teenager (Danika Yarosh) is thrown into the mix. She may or may not be Jack's daughter and therefore a target for the obligatory sneering, black-clad villain (Patrick Heusinger) on their tail. However, the girl is also a useful tool for sending Jack up ("You're very intense, you know?") and that knowing humour helps leaven the pudding. Smulders is a bit handy as well, with combat skills and military smarts. Still, director Edward Zwick (Blood Diamond) makes sure the 54-year-old Cruise isn't upstaged in some slickly staged punch-ups and the threat of romance never slows him down.

Summary

When the commander of his old military unit is arrested on trumped-up spy charges, vigilante Jack Reacher investigates. Action sequel, starring Tom Cruise, Cobie Smulders and Danika Yarosh.

Cast & Crew

Jack Reacher Tom Cruise
Susan Turner Cobie Smulders
Espin Aldis Hodge
Samantha Danika Yarosh
The Hunter Patrick Heusinger
Colonel Morgan Holt McCallany
General Harkness Robert Knepper
Prudhomme Austin Hebert
Director Edward Zwick
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: ParamountGuidance: Violence.Available on: DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 21 Oct 2016
Drama