HOME |  JOIN |  CULT MOVIES | COMPETITIONS | ADVERTISE |  CONTACT US |  ABOUT US
 
 
Newest Reviews
Aurora Encounter, The
Breaking In
Breaking In
Please Stand By
Cockeyed Cowboys of Calico County, The
Deadpool 2
Smart Money
Lupin the Third vs. Detective Conan: The Movie
Gangsta
3 Nuts in Search of a Bolt
Magic Serpent, The
That's Not Me
There Goes the Bride
Billy the Kid versus Dracula
Liquid Sword
I, Tonya
Universal Soldier: Regeneration
Bad Match
Güeros
Anchor and Hope
One, The
Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie
Lucky
Still of the Night
Home Sweet Homicide
Mannaja - A Man Called Blade
Spitfire
Killers from Space
Castle of the Creeping Flesh
Ghost Stories
   
 
Newest Articles
I-Spy Scotland: The Thirty Nine Steps and Eye of the Needle
Manor On Movies--Black Shampoo--three three three films in one
Manor On Movies--Invasion USA
Time Trap: Last Year in Marienbad and La Jetée
Gaining Three Stone: Salvador, Natural Born Killers and Savages
Right Said Bernard: Cribbins on DVD
1969: The Year Westerns Couldn't Get Past
A Network Horror Double Bill: Assault and Death Line on Blu-ray
The Edie Levy: Edie Sedgwick, Andy Warhol and Ciao! Manhattan
The Ultimate Trip: The Original Psychedelic Movies
Players of Games: Willy Wonka, Tron and Ready Player One
What Am I Doing Hangin' 'Round? The Ends of The Monkees
Flings and Arrows: Conquest vs Flesh + Blood
Orson Around: F for Fake and The Late Great Planet Earth
ITC What You Did There: Retro-Action on Blu-ray
   
 
  Jack Reacher: Never Go Back Apart From This TimeBuy this film here.
Year: 2016
Director: Edward Zwick
Stars: Tom Cruise, Cobie Smulders, Aldis Hodge, Danika Yanosh, Patrick Heusinger, Holt McCallany, Robert Knepper, Judd Lormand, Christopher Berry, Hunter Burke, Jason Douglas, Lizeth Hutchings, Marisela Zumbado, Alexandra Lucchesi, Madalyn Horcher
Genre: Action, Thriller
Rating:  5 (from 1 vote)
Review: Jack Reacher (Tom Cruise) is in a diner on a military base after beating up and incapacitating four men at once. He is enjoying a coffee when the cops arrive and start to question him, going through his wallet and slapping the handcuffs on him, whereupon he informs the two officers that within the next ninety seconds the payphone will ring, and they will not only take off the cuffs but they will be cuffed themselves. Just as Reacher said, this is what happens, he's that kind of confident and capable guy, so when he gets in contact with Major Turner (Cobie Smulders) at the Army headquarters he used to serve in, his interest is piqued when she tells him she needs to speak to him - and when he shows up there, she has been arrested.

Cruise took the unusual (for him) move of making a sequel to the first Jack Reacher movie he made, not really being a sequels kind of guy outwith the Mission: Impossible franchise which he evidently regarded as his baby to do with as he pleased. Not so with this character, for there were legions of dads who felt very close to Lee Childs' novels and had not been entirely convinced by the star's casting in the role, the most common complaint being that the decidedly diminutive Cruise was no match for the six foot five Reacher on the page. The writer himself told them it did not matter, the films were different from the books anyway, but the release of this second instalment only made the complaints louder.

That in spite of the first entry being really rather dull, and this effort being a little better in its feature length eighties TV action series episode kind of way. Not that it was any classic, but for at least the first half it held the interest until it became plain precisely what director Edward Zwick was doing with the story. The plot had it that Turner had been investigating the mysterious deaths of two of her soldiers in Afghanistan, and as a result of a cover-up by some shady authority figures she had been locked away in the slammer, so Reacher, who is also arrested as an accomplice when one of her allies is murdered, has to break himself out of custody as well as this new friend he admits he has never met face to face before.

It's no surprise that he achieves that task, and that was an issue, the complete lack of anything remotely surprising as everything played in a blanded out version of a very familiar set of thriller clichés, with even the action sequences fairly forgettable. Cruise was patently wishing to be taken very seriously here, which translated to a set of listlessly ordinary setpieces that did not have the desired effect of convincing the audience this was not simply the Reacher we had, but the Reacher we needed, though what was more interesting was Smulders sharing some of the combat duties that ordinarily would have been the sole preserve of wee Tom - she had even perfected her own version of the famed Cruise sprint, so he was apparently giving her the necessary pointers on the set to be more credible.

All very well until the introduction of the third main character, Reacher's supposed (he's not sure) daughter Samantha (Danika Yanosh) who joined the pantheon of bratty kids bolstering the action hero's shtick that had been a mistake from the days of Short Round, even before. This was to create a family unit for Reacher to play the dad with, as Smulders was the sensible "mommy means business" character to tolerate and attempt to guide the wayward fifteen-year-old, only daddy meant business too, so there was barely a joke here at all to lighten the mood or justify Never Go Back as fun for all the family, including the protagonist's. This conservatism in its narrative merely indicated nobody wanted to mess with any formula, so what you had played it very safe from minute one. The bad guys were unforgivably unexciting too, including the nameless assassin (Patrick Heusinger) who dogs Reacher's every move, leaving a thriller that sat there, purely functional and about as satisfying as a snack before you had yourself a proper meal. Music by Henry Jackman.
Reviewer: Graeme Clark

 

This review has been viewed 515 time(s).

As a member you could Rate this film

 
Review Comments (0)


Untitled 1

Login
  Username:
 
  Password:
 
   
 
Forgotten your details? Enter email address in Username box and click Reminder. Your details will be emailed to you.
   

Latest Poll
Who's the best?
Steven Seagal
Pam Grier
   
 
   

Recent Visitors
Graeme Clark
Andrew Pragasam
Stately Wayne Manor
  Patrick Keenan
Enoch Sneed
Ian Phillips
  Afra Khan
  Dan Malone
   

 

Last Updated: