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Published November 15th 2016
Same Old Same Old Well Done
Problem is, Jack does go back.
Back to the unit he once commanded, where he finds that his successor, Major Turner (Cobie Smulders), has been arrested for alleged espionage.
Back to much the same non-stop chase and combat, beginning with five men writhing in various degrees of agony, while Cruise sits calmly in a coffee shop, waiting for corrupt police to attempt to arrest him. There then follows one of the better sequences of the film – look up the trailer and you'll see it.
It must be hard to create new scenarios on which to hang murder, mayhem and mischief.
This film will win few awards for originality.
That said, the visibly ageing Cruise (only a few years younger than Mel Gibson) does make us suspend our disbelief as he physically and mentally out-performs his opponents.
Samantha (Danika Yarosh -- Holly Herkimer in "Shameless") as a stereotypical teenager, rebellious, vulnerable and over confident, who just may be Reacher's daughter, does make us at times want to kill her, while mostly hoping that she will somehow survive.
Cobie Smulders as the falsely accused officer, targeted for assassination, is not initially entirely convincing as an action heroine, and she is given rather stilted dialogue at times. The script-writers seem torn between making her a strong take no prisoners action woman and being a vulnerable heroine needing help.
If you liked the last Jack Reacher film, you will probably like this one.
Go with the flow, enjoy the choreographed chaos. But don't expect too many surprises.