Friday, June 16, 2017

Movie Review: Jack Reacher Never Go Back (2016)

Jack Reacher Never Go Back (2016) co-written and directed by Edward Zwick

Jack Reacher (Tom Cruise) heads to Washington, D.C., to meet up with Army Major Susan Turner (Cobie Smulders). By the time he gets there, she's been arrested for espionage. Reacher doesn't believe she is a traitor so he starts investigating in his no-nonsense style. People start dying and a big conspiracy is revealed. If that wasn't enough trouble, the bad guys found out that Reacher has a daughter (or at least the girl's mom tried to sue for paternity). So she gets mixed up in the action too, which ranges from D.C. to New Orleans.

The story is smart but predictable. Only one of the surprises actually caught me by surprise, the others seemed fairly obvious but at least they made sense. Little plot holes are sprinkled throughout but don't ruin the film. The actors all give solid performances and their characters are well written but not too deep. The action scenes are tense and tough, with Turner holding her own alongside Reacher. There are hints at romantic potential but nothing ever happens. They are more committed to clearing their names and finding out what the bad guys are up to. The movie is a well told and well photographed action film.


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