Jack Reacher: Never Go Back tells the story of Jack Reacher who 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.
The thing about this film was that it just felt like a filler film during the quiet down time at the cinemas and something that couldn’t compete with the bigger contenders a few weeks earlier or the competition in coming weeks of the Marvel/Harry Potter spin off/Star Wars films. Although this second instalment of Tom Cruise starring in another action film that hardly shows off any of his crazy antics like the Mission Impossible films do or acting chops, if he does have any left, like that of Jerry McGuire, it was entertaining yet forgettable. I do also have to say that I hardly remember anything of the original outing in 2012. Even going over a brief synopsis of the 2012Jack Reacher film hardly jogged my memory of anything about the story. The only thing I remembered was that it didn’t have any of the original cast or crew from the previous apart from Tom Cruise returning into the titular role. In saying all this, it would definitely be safe to say that you could see this instalment without having seen the first and be completely fine. It could definitely be seen as a stand alone film. If there was any connection between the two, I wouldn’t have remembered it.
There were laughs, but not many. I vaguely remember laughing a little more in the first outing. The dialogue was a little hit and miss as well, mainly due to the abundance of cheesy lines and cliche bad guy who only got two or three scenes in the whole film. Robert Knepper, who fills this role, can do bad and creepy very well (see Prison Break) and hardly got enough screen time for him to be considered anything else but a side note. He was hardly there enough to make him even close to a plausible threat. There was action, but not an over abundance. The main drawing of this film was Cruise and his star power. Without him, I’m sure the film wouldn’t do as well.Never Look Back was predictable and riddled with cliches, often at times almost falling into the cringeworthy territory though more often then not would save itself.
I don’t know who asked for a sequel but it was definitely not something that was really called for or really necessary. Cool, people would go and see it because they may have remembered the name or because of Cruise though it’s something that you could easily miss and not be too disappointed. Unless your a fan of the book series (which I haven’t read), you could miss this one.
Overall, it lacks the punch of the original, which wasn’t that memorable in the first place, but still had some of the cheesy one liners along with a few other laughs.