Jack Reacher (1 & 2)
JACK REACHER: NEVER GO BACK (12)
D: Edward Zwick
Paramount/Skydance (Tom Cruise, Don Granger & Christopher McQuarrie)
W: Richard Wenk, Edward Zwick & Marshall Herskovitz [based on the novel 'Never Go Back' by Lee Child]
DP: Oliver Wood
Ed: Billy Weber
Mus: Henry Jackman
Tom Cruise (Jack Reacher), Cobie Smulders (Maj. Susan Turner), Aldis Hodge (Capt. Anthony Espin), Danika Yarosh (Samantha Dutton), Patrick Heusinger (The Hunter), Holt McCallany (Col. Sam Morgan)
Jack Reacher returns in this disappointingly by-the-numbers sequel, which fails to live up to the excitement of the first film, despite having a far more experienced director at the helm in Edward Zwick.
The story follows the ex-military detective as he contacts an old colleague for a meeting, only for her to be accused of espionage and himself a target for assassination. They go on the run, along with a teenage girl who may or may not be Reacher's daughter, and try to identify who framed them, leading to a weapon trading conspiracy at a superior level of the armed forces.
The action scenes are well choreographed, but the plot wastes a lot of time on shaggy dog elements which don't bring any tension or progression to the story.
Overall, the film is nothing more than bang average and Tom Cruise is beginning to look a little too old for these shenanigans.