Jack Reacher: Never Go Back

Jays Rating:

Best selling author Lee Child’s most notable character, Jack Reacher, returns to the big screen for the second time in the action-crime-adventure Jack Reacher, Never Go Back. Jack Reacher (Tom Cruise) returns to his former military installation in Washington DC where he learns that Major Susan Turner (Cobie Smulder) the officer who replaced him as the Military Police Commander is now in prison. Reacher, who owes Major Turner for a past favor (in a previous book) breaks her out of the military prison and they go on the run. Reacher finds out that retired General Harkness (Robert Knetper) who has enlisted a group of mercenaries, is trying to silence Turner and Reacher before they expose his illegal overseas trade. When General Harkness’ mercenaries can’t stop Reacher, a special ops soldier known only as the “Hunter” (Patrick Heusinger) finally locates Reacher and nearly kills him. (Notice I say nearly because nobody can kill Reacher.) While all of this is happening, a fifteen-year-old girl named Samantha (Danika Yarosh) finds Reacher and tells him she is his daughter and now Reacher has to protect her. I’ll just admit it – I’m a huge Jack Reacher fan and have read every book in the series. (Don’t get crazy – they’re audio books.) I can deal with a 5 foot 8-inch Tom Cruise playing a 6 foot 4-inch character from the book, but I have a hard time picturing Reacher beating up a guy in an airplane bathroom. Maybe that’s why Tom Cruise was cast for this role so he could fit inside that tiny restroom with another person. Yes, convenient things happen just to move the story forward and yes, it look like the main goal was to move from one action scene to the next. In this one hour and 45-minute film, there are only about five action scenes. Seriously? This feels like an old-style crime movie from the 80’s that doesn’t use computer generated images. I don’t care about all of the possible flaws because it’s still very entertaining. I enjoyed this Jack Reacher sequel and I’m giving it a B- rating.

This movie has been given a PG13 rating by the MPAA

Although I am blind, I can appreciate a good movie as well as sighted individuals. I rely more on a good story line than special effects.