Tom Cruise's 'Jack Reacher' expected to dominate USA box office

They're certainly going on in "Never Go Back", which is based on the 18th Reacher book, (The 2012 movie "Jack Reacher" was based on the ninth book, titled "One Shot"). There are about 20 Jack Reacher novels, so the sequel doesn't come as a surprise.Jack Reacher: Never Go Back sees Cruise reprise his role as the gritty hero and reunites him with The Last.

So there's a weariness embedded in Cruise's portrayal of Reacher this time around: he's frequently battered and bruised, his muscles and joints clearly aching as he climbs into bed in a fleabag motel. I'm not saying procedural TV series are bad (loved House and NCIS, and I've seen just about every episode of Murder She Wrote and Columbo). If Never Go Back is one thing, it ain't subtle. With his glib comments throughout the movie while showing that Cruise smile, makes Reacher feel even more unlikable her0. Cruise's character, which shares the title name, is an ex-military man who can't seem to let go of his past.

The film is a sequel to 2012 blockbuster "Jack Reacher" and in the sequel the character makes it his goal to prove that Major Susan Turner (Cobie Smulders) is innocent of espionage But after crossing paths with the law, Reacher must uncover the truth behind a major government conspiracy that involves the deaths of USA soldiers. Cruise plays cocky-swagger well, but Reacher's gruff and meanness just makes Never Go Back a big of a drag. After breaking her out of maximum security, Reacher and Maj. Zwick lacks both McQuarrie's ear for hard-nosed dialogue and skill for inventively processing exposition, but while the storytelling is often prosaic, Zwick's skills are put to use humanising Reacher. Susan Turner (Cobie Smulders, terrific), who looks like a cross between "The Matrix"'s Trinity and Demi Moore in "A Few Good Men" and who suffers none of the limits on her own personality wattage. "Yes, we're discussing it", Tom explained.

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Which brings us to Ed Zwick, who has taken over the reins for this second film, and who is basically the opposite of all that, a master of canned sentiment and prefab style - a guy who hasn't met an emotion he hasn't tried to milk, a tear he hasn't tried to jerk, a set piece he hasn't tried to overdo. We are given an eye roll-worthy introduction to Turner - Reacher is noticeably taken aback that his commanding officer is a woman and the movie wastes no time framing her as his love interest - but it ultimately provides a juxtaposition for the fact that she is so much more.

As Reacher, an ex-major in this one, Cruise portrays a lonesome wanderer doing his clinical bit in cleaning up the underbellies of various cities and, of course, calling in on lady Major Turner for a flirtatious but matter of factly break. As mentioned, the human element is introduced via Samantha Dayton (Danika Yarosh), who might possibly be Reacher's long lost daughter.

  • Michelle Webb