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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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Jack Reacher: Never Go Back is dispiritingly formulaic, retaining much of the first film's swaggering masculinity, but none of its self-awareness.
The understated ending is downright touching -- which is not something I ever thought I'd say of a Cruise action sequel.
With Smulders and Yarosh on camera almost as much as Cruise, Never Go Back doubles the number of key women from the 2012 film. If only the story was as good.
The feel for the epic that once gave this director's films a pop grandeur is also gone. He's made a totally anonymous movie, devoid of personality or interest.
The film has the empty sheen of a quick in-and-out cash grab, a movie insisting that it's a franchise while the audience yawns indifferently.
Notable chiefly for director Edward Zwick's utter failure to make New Orleans look any more enticing and atmospheric than, say, Omaha.
It's a role Cruise plays perfectly, without veering into cruise-control, seen-it-all-before repetition.
Perhaps my affinity for the character blinds me to the film's greater flaws, but maybe it also mediates against reflexive film critic cynicism.
It's the sort of force-of-nature hero that Cruise loves to play, but the unfortunate truth is that the sequel even more than the decent but uneven first film heaps the engagement burden almost entirely on Cruise's shoulders.
A solid, whodunit crime mystery thriller.
Cobie Smulders definitely holds her own in this film, and is a delight to watch on screen. With the success of her role in the Avengers films, I am glad to see she is broadening her action portfolio.
Instead of becoming a syndicated TV vehicle for whoever the present-day equivalent of Kevin Sorbo or Lorenzo Llamas is, somebody decided that this needed to be a movie franchise for Tom Cruise.
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.
With an unsophisticated script and groan-worthy dialogue, "Jack Reacher" is a real stretch. The acting is largely uninspired. Cruise rolls through on cruise control with a perfunctory performance (likely the worst I've seen from him). Smulders' scenes could have been clips harvested from any number of B movies. The only interesting player was Patrick Heusinger, who did manage to infuse some energy into this snooze-fest of a film. With all its considerable problems, "Jack Reacher: Never Go Back" did effectively communicate one central theme: I certainly NEVER want to come back.
As with the last Mission Impossible, this actioner is notable for the decision to have the ladies be major players, kicking as much ass as the guys. Unfortunately, there's little more to distinguish the thing from countless other such projects.
A movie lacking in everything from substance, tension and chemistry leaving a dry mediocre action flick, that leaves you bored. Never go back is exactly how you feel after this movie!
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