Jack Reacher: Never Go Back

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Swanner: While visiting a military contact, Jack Reacher (Tom Cruise) learns that she has been arrested for giving away government secrets. But when Reacher looks below the surface, he finds himself on the run. Based on the novel Never Go Back by Lee Child, Jack Reacher is the ultimate good guy in the action genre. Well, good guy in the sense that he’s a killer when he needs to – but only if you’re one of the bad guys.

I like the Reacher character because you know he does what he does for the sake of justice… just don’t get in his way. Edward Zwick (The Last Samurai) writes and directs with fellow screenwriters Richard Wenk (The Equalizer) and Marshall Herskovitz (The Last Samurai). They deliver a solid story, but the action grinds to a halt every time the writers decide it’s time to talk. It’s great for character development, but awful for pacing.

Outside of the film being a bit talkie, there is a solid cast. I was really impressed with Cruise and Cobie Smulders; they had real chemistry on screen. They never became lovers, but it was working. I appreciate that while being chased by a killer they never found time to “do it”. Jack Reacher is a good old fashion action movie with a hero worth cheering on. If you liked the original you’ll be happy with the sequel.

Swanner: 2 ½ stars

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