Movie Review: Jack Reacher: Never Go Back

Details: Stars Tom Cruise and Colbie Smulders. About two hours long.

I’d read a number of reviews before watching this movie and they mostly say that this movie was terrible. They said it was worse than the first. Now that I’ve watched the film, I can honestly say it was not that bad. I enjoyed it. In my opinion, this movie was about as good, if not slightly worse, than the last Jack Reacher movie. So I thought it was good. However, before watching this film, you need to keep in mind that this is a very specific kind of movie that seeks to achieve a very specific thing for a very specific segment of the viewing public. There is a high chance you won’t like this film.

This is an action film in the vein of the old, cheesy action films of the eighties. The plot is not that believable. The premise is this: Jack Reacher, a wandering, retired former military attorney wanders America solving crimes. In this movie, Reacher goes to Washington DC in hopes of hooking up with a military attorney he’s been in contact with. When he gets there, he finds that she’s been arrested and involved in a massive conspiracy the resolution of which requires Reacher to fight and shoot and kill a whole bunch of people.

It’s really a silly plot, but if you walked into this movie expecting something serious or Oscar worthy, you’re in for disappointment. You are watching this movie because you like Tom Cruise. This isn’t his best performance, but his charisma comes through and is enjoyable. Colbie Smulder is great and does the best she can with such an odd script. But mostly, you’re here for the action. The action in this movie is not crazy nor as random as the first Jack Reacher movie, but still enjoyable. I thought it was a fun film, as long as you don’t take it too seriously.

Score: 5.8/10


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