Jack Reacher: Never Go Back is the sequel to 2012’s Jack Reacher; both movies are based on the popular books by Lee Child. We were invited to the premiere of Jack Reacher: Never Go Back by Novo Cinemas at its IMAX screen in Dubai Festival City yesterday, and we kind of liked the movie, even though it has its faults. Like the first film, this one is also a Tom Cruise thriller – so expect plenty of edge-of-your-seat action.
Tom Cruise as Jack Reacher is a badass military cop turned maverick civilian engaged in freelance pro bono ass-kicking. He is a one-man wrecking crew who leaves a trail of broken bodies in his wake as he tries to right wrongs. Over the course of the movie, lots of characters get shot, sometimes at close range, and/or are beaten to death. At the end of an adventure, Reacher will stick his thumb out and hitchhike his way into the night.
The first installment of the Jack Reacher franchise was directed by Cruise’s MI5 director, Christopher McQuarrie. In this new installment, Edward Zwick wears the Director’s hat. This time around, Reacher’s old friend Major Susan Turner (Cobie Smulders) is accused of espionage. It’s up to Reacher to find out the truth. However, over the course of the journey, he realises that both he and Susan are being hunted by a shadowy weapons contractor. And then, he uncovers a plot that stretches from Afghanistan to US.
In order to sort the issues out, Reacher first tries to go the legal route by discussing Major Turner’s options with a military attorney. That’s when he learns he is the subject of a paternity lawsuit. However, when every dialogue on the legal router fails, he simply breaks Major Turner out of military jail. Just like that. Aparently, breaking out of a maximum security prison is a child’s play. And Jack Reacher can do such things because he’s Jack Reacher.
The rest of the movie is about how Reacher manages to get the truth out, while on a cross-country trip across US, with Major Turner and his possible ward in tow. The highlight of the first movie was its outrageous villain The Zec, played by Werner Herzog. This time around, we do not get any villians – all we get are some generic evildoers.
Even then, Jack Reacher: Never Go Back proves to be a action-filled thriller which manages to keep you on the edge of your seat. Cobie Smulders is awesome in every way, while ut, Tom Cruise kicks and punches his way through yet another ridiculous adventure. I was indeed entertained the whole time. Definitely, watch it!