Thoughts on “Jack Reacher: Never Go Back”

by weslar


Tom Cruise is definitely a draw to any film, so to have him in another round of Jack Reacher renegade action, then I’m all for it. There’s a bankability in Tom Cruise his draw is his authenticity and his passion for his projects, an endearing quality that is encapsulated in his performance of a character.

In Jack Reacher: Never Go Back, a second franchise sequel for Cruise which may hint at more Reacher in the future. Jack Reacher (Tom Cruise) is on the search for friend and ol’ flame Major Turner (Cobie Smulders) his journey to her leads him to discover her arrest without question he knows the setup and tracks his way to find her and set her free.

When doing so Reacher is presented with intel on a supposed 15 year old daughter (Danika Yarosh), taking her photograph in search for her and to uncover the truth. By means of stalking the girl. She projects Reachers traits giving subtle hints at the lineage of her family, that the viewers may identify her mannerisms in comparison to Jack’s.

Jack reaches Major Turner, the pair and the girl on the run to track down the killers of Turner’s unit betrayed by suspect private military firm and the three are on the run to prove Turner’s innocence, whilst in the process of bringing down the CEO of said PMF General James Harkness (Robert Knepper).

The majority of the film has the three evading “The Hunter” (Patrick Heusinger) many different dodgy goings on provide enough context for you to find hate amongst the sea of treachery and betrayal. But doesn’t present itself as surprising, like most twists in action/thriller’s.

The Moment to moment tricks and actions sequences that stick, work to its advantage, it doesn’t slow down to make way for bonding moments, but it still has moments where we are able to define why we should care; at any level of emotion, to fear for the welfare of our group.

Although the film follows trend – not that there can be much separation anymore between films in this genre – that would be impossible. Jack Reacher: Never Go Back makes you feel engaged enough to care. It’s in comparison to a thrill ride, letting your hair down and taking a seat instead of being the backseat driver and complaining. A ride that is enjoyable and full of variations on its cinematography style and pacing.