Blu-Ray Review – “Jack Reacher: Never Go Back”

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Jack ReacherTom Cruise returns to the home video market with his other franchise character, Jack Reacher in Jack Reacher: Never Go Back.

The newest installment is based on the 18th Reacher novel written by creator Lee Child, with Cruise once again kicking ass and taking names. The film wastes no time setting up the story as we find Reacher sitting alone in a diner after rendering 6 assailants unconscious a fight that sadly takes place off screen.

Reacher is immediately thrust into a plot involving dead soldiers, stolen weapons and a wrongfully accused military Major portrayed by Cobie Smulders (Marvel’s The Avengers, The Lego Movie). Smulders, who you might also know from “How I Met Your Mother” is a revelation as Major Susan Turner and holds her own perfectly opposite Cruise. They are both formidable heroes and the actors have great on screen chemistry.

Sadly this film suffers from being a little too generic especially when audiences have come to expect high standards from Cruise. The dialogue is at times corny and exposition heavy; add that to a cast of no name actors and the whole thing feels like a B-Movie. The first film had Robert Duvall, Rosamund Pike, Richard Jenkins, David Oyelowo and a stellar villainous turn by Werner Herzog. In Jack Reacher: Never Go Back the supporting cast and villains feel like something out of a Steven Seagal film.

Fans of Tom Cruise have come to expect big things from him and sadly this film serves as a minor speed bump in what has been a fantastic run. Here’s hoping that if there is a 3rd installment that Cruise and his team will give us a much better Jack Reacher film.

 

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Pat FrancisBlu-Ray Review – “Jack Reacher: Never Go Back”