Jack Reacher: Never Go Back
Silent but deadly
Village Jam Factory - Sunday 23 October 2016, 3:00pm
Running time: 118m
Country: United States
Classification: M (Violence)
Release date: 20/10/16
Rating: 7.5/10 (ME 3.5/5, DP 4/5)
Former military policeman and professional drifter Jack Reacher (Tom Cruise) drifts his way to visit Susan (Cobie Smulders), the major who now sits at his former desk. But being Jack Reacher, he soon finds himself embroiled in a conspiracy and pursued by gun-wielding baddies ready to take him down before he discovers the truth. But loner Jack not only has Susan in tow but also Samantha, the 15 year-old who may or may not be his daughter. Drama.
Based on the novel of the same name by Lee Child, Jack Reacher: Never Go Back returns to familiar territory. Jack manages to get out of impossible situations while he manages to work out the movements and motives of the mysterious people trying to kill him, but we also see a softer side of him with a promising romance and the prospect of fatherhood. It's a violent, brash and sometimes confusing film but it's worth sticking with it to get to the dramatic but satisfying conclusion.
Fans of the novels (the 21st book comes out in November) will have an image of Jack Reacher, and there are physical characteristics that miss the mark (there's an interesting dynamic in the novels of Reacher's imposing physical presence, yet he remains invisible), but Tom Cruise manages to make the character his own. Don't worry if you haven't seen the previous Jack Reacher film; the stories stand alone. Recommended.