- Edward Zwick
- Tom Cruise, Don Granger, Christopher McQuarrie
- Tom Cruise, Cobie Smulders
- Times Media Films
Let me start by saying that I have not watched the first instalment of this (can I call it a) franchise? Jack Reacher: Never Come Back is the sequel to Jack Reacher, of which as obvious as it sounds,
needs to be stated for the record. You’re probably asking yourself, well why should I continue reading this review, if the writer doesn’t even have context?
Well, in my opinion, any part film of a series should give you enough context from whenever you decide to jump in as to pretty much get the just of the entire storyline. The film needs to overall still be critiqued as a standalone movie. So, let’s start there.
The Jack Reacher films are based on the popular books by Lee Child and are both action thrillers starring Tom Cruise. I have so many complimentary adjectives to describe the way I feel about Tom, all relating to a massive man crush I have had on him since I watched him in Cocktail as a kid, and (when I still had hair) would fashion it every morning in his glorious image. But, that didn’t sway me from what was an undeniable lack of performance from Cruise’s side in the film. Bad acting is like an 80’s hairstyle in 2017 – it takes only seconds to notice the moment you see it.
So, if you can turn a blind eye to that, Jack Reacher 2 will appeal to you. Having said that, I did indeed understand the plot without having to watch the first movie. Cobie Smulders(who also plays
the role of Maria Hill in The Avengers franchise) is Cruise’s co-star, playing Maj. Susan Turner, who is framed for treason and Cruise deals out non-stop ass kicking’s for 2 hours to get to the bottom of a national conspiracy that is behind this springboard of a plot. We can’t ignore that Cruise is also a father in this film to a 15-year- old daughter (which almost makes me want to watch the first movie just to see where this all comes from, who is the mother etc), who gets involved in the mix.
Without giving away more, let me say there is a lot (as in, a lot) of running by Cruise and Smulders I have no idea why I wanted to mention that. It just seemed to stand out. So, kudos to them for all that, especially Cruise, at his age.
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