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.
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[Netflix] Maybe it's just me but I would have Oscar'd Cobie Smulders (just the way she walks, her body language, the way she talks and the way she goes back and forth with Cruise like a grand slammer). Jack to Turner: "Are you mad cos I treated you like a man or like a woman?" and Turner to General wtv "Now open up those crates before I grab you by your hair plugs and bitch slap that smug look off of your face!"LOL
God bless Tom Cruise - you can tell he's trying, even when portraying Jack Reacher, a smug and self-righteous character whose biggest super power is his unyielding belief in conspiracy. Cruise clearly wants this to be his Bourne, but lately he seems to work with the filmmakers he likes as people rather than directors who might push him to excel; the result is a sequel that feels like two hours of CBS television.
Another accessible rote post-Bourne era action thriller. The blurred boundary between Cruise's Ethan Hunt and Jack Reacher makes this additional franchise particularly tenuous. Nonetheless, it's a passable and competent piece of multiplex moviemaking.
Though an improvement on the first entry, due to more dynamic direction and better supporting characters, this second film in the franchise feels one or two set pieces short of a satisfying action flick. Cruise is on autopilot here but Cobie Smulders does well in an under written role.
Today's problem with mainstream Hollywood is that films are more interested in promising what the next chapter will be rather than deeply exploring what the movie we're watching is. In Never Go Back (oddly reminiscent of Justin Bieber), the promise of a full blown collaboration between Reacher and his quasi-daughter is much more compelling than the will-they-won't-they scenario Zwick perpetuates.
I enjoyed the first Reacher film, though it was kinda dumb. This one is not exactly bad, but a bland as fuck action b-movie with lots of d-list actors and a fifth grader for a screenwriter (not in a funny way). And while I give props to Tom Cruise because he almost always has strong female characters in his movies that are equals to his character, this one made it a plot point in the most cringy way.
Disappointing! Everything about this film is so pedestrian and I feel sorry for Smulders and Cruise who has to wade through a script that feels like a tired copy of better movies. It gives us crappy villains and an irritating daughter who can´t act that well. Since I enjoyed the first one I truly hope they step up their game if they´re gonna do a third.