Jack Reacher: Never Go Back – Movie Review

Jack Reacher: Never Go BackJack Reacher: Never Go Back – PG-13
Release Date: Fri 21 Oct 2016

Jack Reacher: Never Go Back sees the return of Tom Cruise as the titular Reacher, an ex-military army of one. Reacher has been working to help Maj. Turner (Cobie Smulders) in the military police stop a kidnapping scheme. Shortly afterward, Turner is arrested and Reacher smells a conspiracy, racing to clear Turner’s name and stop the true threat – which may involve a daughter he did not know he had.

After Edge of Tomorrow and Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation, this Jack Reacher sequel feels like a vacation for Tom Cruise. Yes, there are great action moments and funny quips from the always charismatic leading man, but the reduced budget is fairly noticeable in just how contained everything feels.

Jack Reacher: Never Go Back is a crowd-pleaser that isn’t going to last in your mind much longer than the original, itself a competent if rote action movie. There’s nothing that feels particularly phoned in, but there’s also nothing compelling about it as an experience save for quenching a craving for a Tom Cruise action movie.

Cal and I saw it in the theater and had a discussion in the car:


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