Jack Reacher: Never Go Back

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Monotonously formulaic, Jack Reacher: Never Go Back is one action thriller sequel whose title also serves as a warning.



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Tom Cruise returns as Jack Reacher in this sequel based on Lee Child's bestselling novel Never Go Back, which finds the itinerant problem-solver accused of murder, and learning that he may have a child he has never met.


Tom Cruise
as Jack Reacher
Cobie Smulders
as Susan Turner
Danika Yarosh
as Samantha Dayton
Robert Knepper
as General Harkness
Holt McCallany
as Colonel Morgan
Teri Wyble
as Mrs. Prudhomme
Sean Boyd
as Lt. Decoudreau
Sabrina Gennarino
as Candace Dayton
Ninja N. Devoe
as Female MP
Sue-Lynn Ansari
as D.O.D. Girl
Michael Papajohn
as DC Policeman
Julia Holt
as Pedestrian
Madalyn Horcher
as Sgt. Leach
Allyson Leigh Jordan
as Airline Passenger
Abbie Gayle
as Senior Girl #1
Starlette Miariaunii
as Black and White Angel
Sam Medina
as DC Policeman #2
Judd Lormand
as Diner Cop
Tilton Lipoma
as Military Police
Tiffany Forest
as Girl at Park
Sarah Allsup
as Military
Steven Grossman
as Parade Spectator
Nicole Barré
as Mircovich
Gregory Schwabe
as Military Police Officer
Ben VanderMey
as Parasource Gate Guard
Caroline Hebert
as College Girl Hostess
Alexandra Lucchesi
as Mexican Girl #3
Divine Prince Ty Emmecca
as Witch Doctor Voodoo Chief
Robert Catrini
as Colonel Moorcroft
William Schaff
as Mall Shopper
Austin Hébert
as Prudhomme
Rachel Varela
as Senior Girl 2
Marisela Zumbado
as Mexican Girl #2
Jenny Ballard
as Parasource Tech
Theo Kypri
as Passenger
Rusty Bourg
as Staff Sgt. Logan
Gordon Alexander
as Contractor 1
Lizeth Hutchings
as Mexican Girl #1
Christopher Heskey
as Staff Sgt. Logan
Jesse Malinowski
as Military Aid
Diane Mozzone
as Midwest Tourist
Talbott Lin
as Shop Owner
Georgia Hays
as Sales Girl
Lisha Wheeler
as DC Pedestrian/Krewe of Boo
Dalton Alfortish
as Parasource Operative
Robert Larriviere
as Hotel Receptionist
Jamie Gliddon
as Parasource Truck Driver
Charles Barber
as Military Police
Taylor Faye Ruffin
as High School Student
Tia Nicholson
as Bumble Bee at Parade
Kyler Porche
as Male MP
Brady Calhoun
as D.C. Pedestrian/Krewe of Boo
Ron M. Patterson
as Military Police
John R. Mangus
as Military Contractor
Mike R. Moreau
as DC ERT Police
Ellen Crouch
as D.C. Pedestrian
Josh Stephenson
as Sgt. Anderson
Ronald Joe Vasquez
as Bus Passenger
Larry Bourne Jr.
as Military Police
Tony Beard
as Criminal Defense Attorney
Gwen Parker
as Park Pedestrian
Stephen Payne
as Airport Pedestrian
Larry Bourne Jr.
as Military Police
Cynthia LeBlanc
as Restaurant Patron
Artie Mozzone
as Tour Group
Sean Maurice Williams
as DC Pedestrian
Rhonda Laizer
as Airport Employee
Dudley Fuqua
as Parade Goer
Samuel A. Woodworth
as National Mall Gardener
Michelle L. Clarke
as Airline Passenger
Daryl Thibodaux
as Lt. Mosely
Josh Breslow
as Corporal Faraday
Hans Bush
as DEA Agent
James Donald
as School Staff
Darrell L. Shuler
as Mardi Gras Reveler
Patrick Kearns
as Military Police Officer
Brandon Pettis
as Homeless/Thug
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  • Sep 03, 2018
    Better than the first with more action and a better screenplay. as a fan of the books, I still question Tom Cruise as Reacher but I like him better in this film and Smulders holds her own. Many twists but worth a rental! 09/02/2018
    Christopher O Super Reviewer
  • Jun 16, 2018
    Say what you will about the man, but Tom Cruise has been one of the most bankable box office draws for the longest time. Realistically speaking, he's been bankable for over 35 years now, if you start counting when he hit it big with Risky Business in 1983, which was a full five years before I was born. Obviously, not every Tom Cruise movie is a winner, commercially speaking at least. Rock of Ages and The Mummy anyone. Not every movie can be a winner. And there's also that weird period in 2005-ish, where he went crazy, jumped on Oprah's couch declaring his love for Katie Holmes and embraced the cult of Scientology. That was the roughest period his career has been in and, even then, he still managed to recover and his career has been very steady. I don't think any single one of his movies is ever gonna break box office records, but at least with him in the lead role, you're guaranteed extra eyeballs. As far as the quality of his performances is concerned. Honestly, it varies. I felt that he was tremendous in Collateral, quite possibly his best performance ever, but he's spent so many years playing the hero that, honestly, there's no real depth to that anymore. There's no interesting stories to be told, because he's done it all. Not saying that he doesn't put in the effort to give a good performance, but it's just a thing of been there, done that far too many times for it to really mean anything to me anymore. Again, he's a good actor, but I just wish I could see him do something a little more different. He doesn't have a varied filmography, to say the least. Having said that, let's move on to this flick, shall we? This, obviously, a sequel to the original Jack Reacher. I was complimentary to the movie in my review, but I wasn't blown away by it or felt that it brought anything new to the table. It was a fairly generic action-thriller. One that I'd still say was pretty good, but nothing that you really needed to see. This film, being based on a series of books (22 of them, with a 23rd to be released this year) featuring the same character, honestly didn't really need to exist. While the original was certainly successful, perhaps more modestly than something like, say, an Infinity War. Though, to be fair, there's not many films that wreck records the way Infinity War has and, really, a generic action-thriller staring Tom Cruise wasn't gonna cut it. But, in spite of the original's success, it's not like anyone, at least outside of the fans of the books (maybe), was really clamoring for more Jack Reacher films. I'm certain there's a few people out there that really loved the original, but was it enough to warrant a sequel? The movie certainly was commercially successful, for sure, but that isn't always indicative of people actually wanting more. Then again, this movie, compared to its budget, was successful, though not as much as the original, so what do I know? The problem that I have with this movie and, in hindsight, the original, is the fact that this feels like the film equivalent of an episode of Law and Order. What I mean is that this is, pretty much, a police procedural. Jack Reacher investigates something, uncovers a large conspiracy involving stolen military weaponry, helps save a military Major from being wrongfully convicted of a crime she did not commit, and 'connects' with a teen who may or may not be his daughter. The problem with this set-up is, however, that there's no real danger or threat to anything that's going on. You know Jack is gonna save the day and everything is gonna go back to normal at the end of the day. There's no far-reaching consequences that may play out in another movie. This tells a self-contained story through and through. And, obviously, most movies are self-contained stories, but, also, most movies aren't sequels. What happened in the original Jack Reacher is never once mentioned and Reacher is, really, only known by his reputation. That's not really that exciting to watch, in my opinion. For all I know, the book series has a more serialized approach with, say, one villain hunting Reacher throughout more than one book, like Alex Cross had the Wolf or something. And that's the problem I have with shows like Law and Order, the reset button was hit by the time a new episode aired the next week. Nothing carries over and, therefore, because of that, it felt like nothing mattered. You could make the argument that Marvel movies, really, follow a similar approach. You wouldn't be wrong about that. But, the thing about Marvel is that they have worlds where, literally, anything can happen. So it's more exciting to watch just from a visual perspective. Not to mention the fact that, while it may be small, the movies also attempt to play into the larger MCU as a whole. So it's not just a one-and-done as these types of movies seem to be. Having said that, it also does not help one bit that this movie is really generic and bland as hell. There's no personality, no life to anything that you're seeing. They attempt to give Reacher, who's cold and stoic, a more emotional attachment with Samantha who, again, may or may not be his daughter. But, honestly, it just doesn't work. The problem is, as I mentioned, that Reacher is way too stoic for his own good. I realize that he's meant to be someone who's calm under pressure and who assesses the situation before he springs into action. He's not a man that's prone to emotional reactions, that's for sure, but it doesn't play out that way. It just plays out that this man really isn't that interesting of a character and, to disguise the fact that there's no depth to the character, they have him act as stoic as humanly possible. And, this is something I mentioned in my review for the original Jack Reacher, Tom Cruise just seems to be trying way too hard to be some sort of badass. I think he knows that there's nothing to the character and he's overcompensating for that lack of depth by trying too hard to be an ass kicker. I've only ever noticed that in BOTH Jack Reacher films. I've never felt that for any of the Mission Impossible movies or Edge of Tomorrow. Cruise is able to focus on his performance being as natural as he can possibly make it because the scripts for the aforementioned films are strong and full of personality and wit, when it's needed. This movie, however, lacks a strong script. And, if I'm being honest with you, I just zoned out of this for chunks at a time. I mean, I was certainly looking at what was going on on-screen, but nothing was registering with me. Nothing really grabbed me about this movie. And the sad thing is that, relatively speaking, this is a competently made movie. There's nothing actually wrong with this. It's just that the lack of personality and energy is noticeable from here to Jupiter. This is obviously better than a movie like Transformers, but at the very least that movie tries to have SOME personality. That personality might end up being racially insensitive with a shit-ton of explosions for literally no reason whatsoever, but at least it's something. This exists just for the sake of existing and you can tell that the effort, honestly, wasn't there. Perhaps that's not fair to say, it's just that everything is so bland and uninteresting that it comes across that way. Struggling with whether to give this 2 or 2.5 stars. Either way it's not a movie that you should go out of your way to see, particularly if you're able to watch Thor: Ragnarok on Netflix. That movie is so much fun with a vibrant world and a lot of personality. If you can watch that instead, why would you ever bother with this? Two stars it is. It's watchable, but I can't get over how bland everything is. I may not be the biggest Cruise fan in the world, but even he deserves better than this. And this is coming from someone that hasn't seen The Mummy. Think about THAT for a second.
    Jesse O Super Reviewer
  • Sep 29, 2017
    Very solid and entertaining follow up to Reacher's first action adventure. Interesting minor characters and a steady pace make this almost as satisfying as the first film. The New Orleans showdown is particularly strong, but days later you may actually not remember more of the film than that.
    Jens S Super Reviewer
  • Sep 22, 2017
    Anthony L Super Reviewer

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