Movie Review: Jack Reacher: Never Go Back (2016)

Starring: Tom Cruise, Cobie Smulders and Danika Yarosh

Directed by: Edward Zwick

Framed for murder and on the run as a fugitive alongside Major Susan Turner who has also been framed but for espionage, Jack Reacher must uncover the truth behind a Government conspiracy before they hurt him like he’s never been hurt before.

Tom Cruise returns to the big screen and reprises the role of the infamous Jack Reacher. The first movie was very enjoyable and the Jack Reacher character is the type of character that over the years Tom Cruise has become very familiar with playing. As you’d expect from a Tom Cruise performance it was a solid display of acting with come great stunt work done by the man too and some of his fighting scenes within the movie greatly showcased the skill level of Jack Reacher very well. In the second instalment of the movie series Tom Cruise is joined by Cobie Smulders who is probably best known for playing Robin in How I Met Your Mother. My only problem was that every time I saw Cobie Smulders’s character, Major Susan Turner, I couldn’t quite take her seriously as a military trained ass kicker because I could only see Robin Scherbatsky and not Major Turner. This is through no fault of her own so I’m not knocking her performance but this is more the way I always envision Cobie Smulders as it’s hard to move away from a character that you’ve played like she had for such a long time. It’s very similar to any of the cast from Friends as whenever I see David Schwimmer or Lisa Kudrow etc in anything other than Friends, I personally only see their Friends character and not the new character they’re playing.

Besides the performances, Jack Reacher: Never Go Back boasted some great action sequences and some well layered characters as well a fairly solid story which moved at an enjoyable pace. Also, I’m really pleased that the relationship that Jack Reacher shares with Major Turner never turns romantic or sexual in any kind of way and stays strictly professional which was a bit of a breath of fresh air as nine times out of ten there is always the romantic angle that comes into play in these types of movies so thankfully this movie decided to stray away from that trend. There are a lot of negative reviews floating around online about this movie but I personally don’t understand why as I found this film to be equal to the first Jack Reacher in terms of overall enjoyment and quality and that seems to be a large problem for a fair amount of people.

Overall, a solid attempt at a Jack Reacher sequel that is packed with some great action scenes and interesting characters that are all well acted out.

7/10

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