Jack Reacher: Never Go Back

(2016)

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Title:
Jack Reacher: Never Go Back
Release Date:
19th October 2016
Runtime:
118 min
MPAA Rating:
PG-13
Genres:
Directors:
Edward Zwick
Writers:
Lee Child, Richard Wenk
Languages:
English
Stream Quality:
1080p / 720p / 480p

Storyline

Jack Reacher must uncover the truth behind a major government conspiracy in order to clear his name. On the run as a fugitive from the law, Reacher uncovers a potential secret from his past that could change his life forever.

Ratings

Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Certified Fresh 39%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience 52%
IMDb Rating 6.5

Casts

Aldis Hodge as Espin
Cobie Smulders as Turner
Danika Yarosh as Samantha
Patrick Heusinger as The Hunter
Tom Cruise as Jack Reacher

Movie Reviews

Reviewed by Harry Lags 23rd October, 2016

A good movie that keeps you entertained.

Jack Reacher: Never Go Back is the sequel to 2012's Jack Reacher; both movies are based on the popular books by Lee Child. Like the first, this is a Tom Cruise thriller, so there's plenty of edge-of-your-seat action. Reacher is a one-man wrecking crew who leaves a trail of broken bodies. Characters get shot, and are beaten to death. The fight scenes, especially the bone- snapping endings can be pretty intense.It's mostly hand-to-hand, but they're fast and high-impact. I'll skip over the rest of the plot, except to say that the filmmakers have concocted a counter-Reacher called the Hunter (Patrick Heusinger), a soldier who left the service but realized he "can never go back to the world." ("Never go back" — get it?) Now he shoots and beats people to death for rich employers. Reacher picks up the Hunter's tail, which isn't too difficult since he's dressed in black with black gloves and might as well be wearing a name tag saying, my name is: ASSASSIN. This is another of those movies in which the tough bad guy is always trying to tell the tough good guy how much alike they are so the good guy can say something to the effect that they're nothing alike as he puts a spike through the bad guy's neck or pushes him off a skyscraper. Which is not what happens here. Anyway i thought Jack Reacher: Never Go Back is an excellent film with plenty of action and some great hand-to-hand fight scenes. Tom Cruise is fantastic as usual, but the only problem i had was that after a brutal fist fight in the end, Cruise's face only has a couple of cuts. They should have put some more make up effects on his face to make it look more realistic, after a violent fight like that. But despite of all this, i thought it was very entertaining and recommend it to any action lover to go and see this movie. It's a good film that keeps the viewer entertained.

Reviewed by Ayush Tavar 22nd October, 2016

An excellent, fast paced thriller

I seriously don't understand why this movie is getting such bad reviews. If you're a die hard Jack Reacher fan then you're gonna love this movie. If you're a fan of action movies in general then you'll certainly like it. It's got all the right things in place. Great action, solid performances, a decent soundtrack and a shitload of ass-kicking the Reacher way. Seriously this movie is pretty damn good. It is quite different from the first one too. The first one was a quiet and slow thriller. This one's completely opposite. Which isn't a bad thing. It's always throwing something at you, both good and bad, necessary and unnecessary. It's loud and brutal and wants to be heard and demands your attention but doesn't really reward you for it. The performances are great. Cruise is Cruise and is as great as ever. His height didn't bother me at all and his solid and brutal performance more than made up for it. Coincidentally he and Reacher turned 54 this year. It was always great to see him on screen and especially great to watch him kick some ass. But the highlight here was Cobie Smulders. She absolutely stole the show and left me quite impressed. She was as good as last year's Rebecca Ferguson's Ilsa Faust in Mission Impossible Rogue Nation. The villain was a little flat. He was intimidating at times but overall the whole villain factor in the movie wasn't all that great. The rest of the cast worked with what they had and the chemistry between them felt a little sloppy at times and even forced. But its not a perfect movie. No way. Its got it's share of flaws. The most notable one would be the change in the director. Edward Zwick does his best to fill the gap Christopher McQuarrie left but fails to do so. The movie would have been a lot better with McQuarrie on board. The story was weak and incoherent at times. The villains lacked motive and there were plenty of things that were left unexplained at the end. Overall I'd say that if you stop nitpicking, you're going to find a fun and thrilling movie which is worth every buck.

Reviewed by davidphantom01 22nd October, 2016

Better than the last

A solid action film, with the usual touch of humour. Yes, I've read the novels, but the film's seem stand alone, in the film world, Tom Cruise IS Jack Reacher. Tom is not a favourite but an OK actor, but I don't rate him on size alone, he brings a lot more to the table than many give him credit for. I liked this movie, I suppose I knew the plot, but there were significant changes from the book. This kept even the most avid book reader on their toes, a movie does not have to be exactly the same as the book. Even my wife enjoyed it! All in all an entertaining action flick for all ages.

Reviewed by johnfuen 21st October, 2016

Good popcorn chomping action movie

I'll start by saying that I am one of the readers of the Lee Child Reacher novels who railed against the miscast Tom Cruise as Jack Reacher. Though I think Cruise does a good job of portraying the loner aspect of Reacher's personality, the magnitude of Reacher's Bad Ass quotient is lost due to the 10 inches or so difference in size between Cruise and the character described in the books. That said....I have to say that I enjoyed this movie more than the first This is definitely a good "eat popcorn while watching the action" movie. There were some plot holes.....but what action movie doesn't have them. Readcer after helping in the arrest of a crooked Southern Sheriff decides to head to Washington DC to meet the current Commanding officer of the MP unit Reacher used to lead. Upon arriving in DC, he discovers two things.....the new CO is under arrest for suspicion of espionage and someone is claiming that he is the father of a teen aged girl. The movie then follows Reacher and Major Turner (the new female CO) as he breaks her out of jail to try to find out who is responsible for the murder of two of her MPs and also to help unravel the story behind his alleged "daughter'. There is plenty of action and a few good quiet character moments between Reacher and the Major and Reacher and the teen aged girl. For those of you who were fans of the TV show Leverage....Aldis Hodge (Alec Hardison the Hacker) has a pivotal supporting role and he did pretty good. If you come to watch this movie expecting deep social meaning or superb dialogue...you will be disappointed. If you come to forget the election and be entertained for two hours.....you will have REACHED your goal (sorry...couldn't resist)

Reviewed by E23-films 20th October, 2016

★★★ - never go back

"Never Go Back"? Shouldn't have. Let's be fair, it's not a bad film, it's just very middle of the road. For me the main problem is the director - Zwick has made some great movies in the past (Glory, Blood Diamond, The Last Samurai), but he's just not as good an action filmmaker as McQuarrie. So, all the cheesy bits of writing feel tacky, misjudged and amateur, instead of tongue-in-cheek and fun. The cast - Cruise is Cruise, he never changes. Despite the backlash, I actually thought he did pretty well in the first Jack Reacher film, he's tough and brutal as he should be. This time, he doesn't have that same power, and I think the film would've benefited from someone with more physical presence. Smulders also does fairly well with her character, though it's fair to say she's massively underwritten as the good soldier who wants justice for her murdered men and ends up being a mother figure. Even Yarosh isn't too bad as the problematic youth, though sometimes it was hard to take her seriously when she was being a feisty teen. The chemistry between the core three was fairly believable too, unlike the awful villainy hounding them. A big problem is the story. There's really very little mystery or suspense - why are they being set up? Who's the real killer? We should be more interested in the answers to those questions, but actually I couldn't care less. We also know who the primary antagonist is from near the start, so the rest of the film is just a slightly dull cat and mouse game with sporadically decent fight scenes. All in all, it's not as good as the first, but it's still a fairly reasonable action flick. Definitely not worth paying to see on the big screen, but it'll undoubtedly find a small following on Netflix in the next year or so. I wouldn't expect enough traction to warrant a third in the franchise though, this could be Jack's last. 3/5