Jack Reacher: Never Go Back

When the making of a film becomes dull, the repetitiveness of the content will start to bother you seriously. That’s what has happened with the latest Tom Cruise starrer Jack Reacher Never Go Back. Sequel to the 2012 movie Jack Reacher, this one has a premise that has been used many times and to be honest it doesn’t excite you in terms of Hollywood standards.

Jack Reacher isn’t there in the military now and he is in acquaintance with this major named Susan Turner. The conversations end up in a scenario where Reacher finally decides to meet Ms. Turner. But things were a bit different when Reacher got there as Turner was taken in to prison for allegedly having possession of national security related data. Smelling some foul play in it, Jack Reacher decides to intervene in it and the movie basically tries to find out the truth behind this case.

It starts off in this hero worshipping manner and goes swiftly into its main agenda. When the plot starts to look riveting, the familiarity becomes a problem. The tempo wasn’t that high to make all the swift actions of Reacher look elegant. There are frequent set pieces featuring fist fights and gun firing at points where you actually anticipate something like that to happen. The parallel daughter track which lacks relevance at many areas only drags the movie into unnecessary melodrama. The investigation doesn’t look like a massive one.

Tom Cruise in his typical agent kind of avatar looks good on screen. Cobie Smulders  as Susan Turner was okay. The character offered to Danika Yarosh was supposed to be arrogant, annoying and stupid and she has done it. Patrick Heuisinger is a convincing antagonist.

Edward Zwick, who made films like Blood Diamond and Last Samurai, seems to be interested more in the emotional side of our main protagonist. The perfection and depth the screenplay has shown in the investigation part is quite less when compared to the efforts it has made to establish a connect between Samantha and Reacher. If it was the other way round, things would have been much exciting.  The stunts were done impressively giving Reacher and his fight a tough attire.

The first part released in 2012 was an average one in my opinion. This one is even duller. Jack Reacher Never Go Back has the typical Tom Cruise doing all the cool stuff. But the content fails to absorb you.

Rating: 2/5

Final Thoughts

Jack Reacher Never Go Back has the typical Tom Cruise doing all the cool stuff. But the content fails to absorb you.


Green: Recommended Content

Orange: The In-Between Ones

Red: Not Recommended


By Aswin Bharadwaj

Founder and editor of Lensmen Reviews.

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