Jack Reacher: Never Go Back

Lee Child’s fictional world has made it back to the big screen as Jack Reacher takes on his newest mission. 

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Tom Cruise is doing what he’s best at again; playing the action hero. In this Jack Reacher revival Cruise has to chase down a US arms dealer to clear both his name and that of his newest love interest. But to make things a little more interesting, he now has a long lost daughter to protect as well.

As explosions and overly traumatic gun fights go, this film manages the audiences expectations in terms of the action and fight scenes. Which is particularly refreshing considering many action films tend to overcompensate for the all too frequent inept post-production that often befalls them.

However despite the seemingly equal balance of violence to drama, this film doesn’t truly start to stir interest until the it’s penultimate scene that see’s Reacher fight to the death. By which time the film’s build-up seems almost anti-climatic.

But overall, I think that in a world almost overrun by action films, this unexpected sequel is a happy reminder that a big budget can actually be rewarding if executed properly.