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Published November 15th 2016
Reaching For Dollars Not Sense
I am a fan of Tom Cruise's work, and while the first 'Jack Reacher' film had an interesting plot fuelled by suspense and intrigue, 'Jack Reacher: Never Go Back' is surprisingly predictable and sadly lacks all the dramatical elements of the first film, which unfortunately makes it comparable to an episode of the series J.A.G. That's right - the movie felt and looked B Grade!
As an action thriller, there really isn't any stand out stunts or action scenes either. The only one that comes to mind is when Reacher punches through a car window. But you get to see that one in the trailer, so now you know that this is one of those films whose trailer is far more exciting than the movie itself.
Characterisation is stifled in this film as Tom Cruise appears in almost every scene which detracts from the film's other characters. The only link between the first film and the second film in the plot is the reference to Reacher using prostitutes. This link was used to create the subplot of Reacher possibly having a 15 year old daughter in the sequel. But this subplot ultimately seems out of place by the end of the movie.
Even the poster looks boring. (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Jack_Reacher_Never_Go_Back_poster.jpg)
Top performances by Tom Cruise (Jack Reacher), Cobie Smulders (Major Susan Turner) and Danika Yarosh (Samantha Dayton) hold the film together but is undone by a weak plot. Similarly, the romantic tension between Reacher and Major Susan Turner is like a light turning on one minute and then off the next. It is very frustrating to watch, and Cruise's lack of romantic chemistry with his leading lady doesn't help either. While Jack Reacher continues to fight for justice, the sequel to Jack Reacher doesn't do it justice at all. 5 out of 10 stars.