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Critics were snotty in 2012 when Cruise first played Reacher, because the 5'7" actor is not the six-five, 250-pound bruiser of Lee Child's novels. Get over it. The admirably defiant star brings his own agility and quick wit to the role.
The character is an ideal vessel for Cruise's gifts as a movie star. Even if he doesn't quite fit the physical description Child imagined in writing, Cruise takes Reacher and shapes him into one of his iconic characters.
As featureless and generic as its title, but between Cruise's star quality and the ability of director Edward Zwick to stage coherent action sequences, the results are a palatable enough popcorn movie.
Less of a movie than it is a monotonous two-hour supercut of Tom Cruise elbowing people in the face, Jack Reacher: Never Stop Never Reaching is a generic star vehicle that's been stripped down to nothing but an old engine and a rusty chassis.
With all the action movies that have come before, it's tough to make car chases and fist fights seem original and exciting, but fortunately, there's enough of a story to keep things interesting even when you might feel a sense of déjà vu.
If you watched Cruise bruise his way through the first Reacher film and thought, "I wonder if that guy's good with kids?" this is exactly the movie you've been waiting for. Otherwise: Run run run run run.