Friday, December 2, 2016

Jack Reacher: Never Go Back (2016)

Tom Cruise is the ultimate action star of this generation. Having the Mission Impossible franchise as his ultimate offering, perhaps it made sense to him to have an entry-level brand in this genre in the name of Jack Reacher. Now that Tom Cruise involved in the Mummy and Universal Monsters Cinematic Universe, Jack Reacher may get pushed down to even a lower status in his repertoire.

The second film in the Jack Reacher franchise does not reinvent the formula, nor does it improve on the first entry. It tries to incorporate elements such as romance (with Cobie Smulders) and fatherhood into the action. The problem is that the action or plot don't go beyond the standards of some of the high quality TV shows such as 24, Homeland, or even Banshee!

Tom Cruise is a superstar and he knows how to deliver one-liners with a straight face! I consider myself a fan, and I managed to enjoy the movie because of his performance. There's not much to be said; just try to lower your expectations, and you could enjoy this movie on a Sunday afternoon. I'd give it a 6/10.

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