Monday, 7 November 2016

Jack Reacher: Never Go Back Review

Jack Reacher: Never Go Back

Release Date: 20th October 2016 - Australia

Production Companies
Paramount Pictures (presents)
Skydance Productions (presents)
Huahua Media (in association with)
Shanghai Film Group (in assocaition with)
TC Productions

Paramount Pictures Australia

Genre: Action
Rating: M

Runtime: 118 minutes

Budget: $60,000,000

Box Office Gross: $162,146,076

Plot Summary
Set four years since the events of the first film, when Jack Reacher returns to the headquarters of his old military unit, he finds out he's accused of a homicide that took place 16 years earlier. 

He also finds out that his former Army Major, Susan Turner was arrested for treason. Knowing she is innocent, Jack must break her out of prison and uncover the truth behind a major government conspiracy. On the run as fugitives, Jack finds out that it is only a part of something bigger than he thought, as he uncovers a secret from his past that could change his life forever.

Tom Cruise - Jack Reacher
Cobie Smulders - Sophie Turner
Robert Knepper - Gen. Harkness 
Danika Yarosh - Samantha
Patrick Heusinger - The Hunter
Aldis Hodge - Espin
Holt McCallany - Col. Morgan
Madalyn Horcher - Sgt. Leach
Robert Catrini - Col. Moorcroft
Sean Boyd - Decoudreau

Screenplay/Director - Edward Zwick
Based on Novel "Never Go Back" - Lee Child
Screenplay - Richard Wenk and Marshall Herskovitz
Executive Producers - David Ellison, Herb Gains, Dana Goldberg and Paula Wagner 
Producers - Tom Cruise, Don Granger and Christopher McQuarrie
Production Designer - Clay A. Smith
Costume Designer - Lisa Lovaas
Director of Photography - Oliver Wood
Second Unit Director/Stunt Coordinator - Wade Eastwood
Special Effects Supervisor - Garry Elmendorf
Directors of Visual Effects - Ilya Astrakhan and Sean Hooper
Film Editor - Billy Weber
Music - Henry Jackman

Following the four year success of the first JACK REACHER film, Tom Cruise is back in the newest sequel NEVER GO BACK with his old collaborator Edward Zwick succeeding Christopher McQuarrie in the director's chair. Needless to say, it isn't exactly best sequel material and chances of improvement are slim in this dry, action-oriented, commonplace thriller of 2016. On a personal note, I would have seen the original JACK REACHER movie on its showcase, but didn't have the time to do so. Naturally, the sequel is a step back and is taking into bold and unnecessary risks such as a formulaic plot and wooden characterisation.

Tom Cruise is still in good physical condition when even at his middle age, he remains consistent with the role of Jack Reacher being the former major turned vigilante is out to uncover a conspiracy of his past. It doesn't help that he is surrounded by B-grade celebrities that were his fellow cast members (with the exception of Cobie Smulders) who have done nothing to parlay the film of its weaknesses. 

Overall, NEVER GO BACK is a fairly average sequel with amazing action sequences, but is the lesser child of the two movies. Audiences who have seen the first movie will most likely be mildly disappointed by the results of the sequel and it's a worth a try.

Star rating: (5/10) Average

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