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Jack Reacher: Never Go Back
Jack Reacher returns to Virginia to meet the head of his former unit. But she's missing, he's being charged with a crime committed nearly 20 years ago, and he may even have a daughter. Making things... View more >
Starring Tom Cruise, Cobie Smulders, Danika Yarosh... View more >
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Oct 23, 2016
Very enjoyable movie. Cruise looks good in this film. Putting the obvious chase and fight scenes behind, there is a very good story to follow along with. Nice thriller.
Oct 23, 2016
Good movie - I do usually like Tom Cruises' movies but not him in particular. Kept your interest all through the whole movie and yes he did look good.
Oct 25, 2016
I should have mention it in my review of the first Jack Reacher movie, but I notice something in common. The movie is based on a series of novels by Lee Child, but if you ask me, I believe the character of Jack Reacher was probably inspired by a western on television titled "Have Gun will Travel" which ran from 1957-1963 on CBS. the characters of Reacher and Paladin (Richard Boone) who both were in the military but after than, they were on their own. i though about that fact while I saw the sequel. In it, Tom Cruise as Reacher, returned to Washington where he learn that his old unit was engaging in illegal activity some 20 years ago and must prove the innocence of an army Major accused of that crime. he also found out that might fathered a child. I check Rotten tomatoes and it was listed at 40%. Not the first time that I went against the gain of the website. won't be the last either. Still a good movie, making it into a great series. Probably as good as the James Bond Series. I hope Tom Cruise comes back with another good Jack Reacher movie. I'll be waiting.
Mar 7, 2017
The first Jack Reacher movie was a surprise to me, but I really enjoyed it. Cruise did a good job of filling out this character instead of just playing Ethan Hunt in a different movie. I liked the tone, which was a little sarcastic, a little negative, but also rooted in a base level of justice and honor.
The challenge, then, is whether that could be repeated while keeping things fresh for the sequel. Unfortunately, the Chevelle from the first movie is nowhere to be found, but it seems that Reacher is all about shedding the trappings of life (he's a drifter with no luggage).
For the most part, this sequel worked for me. I'm not at all familiar with the Jack Reacher series of books, so I didn't have that baggage coming with me when viewing it. Perhaps fans of the books would feel otherwise, but I thought this did a good job of continuing the story of a man who doesn't necessarily have boundaries when it comes to doing what he thinks is right.
Cobie Smulders does a pretty good job of keeping up with the action and holding her own. The introduction of a possible daughter seemed a little forced, but not to the point of being annoying. The unfortunate part of the proceedings is that the movie touches on the issues of whether Reacher has to do all the heavy lifting or if the women can do it as good (or better). Maybe if they had taken it any further, they would have risked alienating too much of the audience? Smulders gets enough action scenes to keep her from being a helpless female figure, and even the kid does her part to a degree.
Even though I enjoyed both installments, I don't own either, and I don't intend to unless they show up on a really good sale. Once you've seen the movie once, there's not much need for multiple viewings, so it's probably better as a rental, but that rating connotes a lower impression than I have for this movie, so it gets a Good from me.
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