Jack Reacher: Never Go Back

Movie:  Jack Reacher:  Never Go Back

Rating:  3 1/2 Stars (Out of 5)

Review:   Jack Reacher (Tom Cruise) is a ramblin’ kind of guy.  A former military police Army major, Reacher retired and became a drifter living off the grid, hitch hiking and taking bus rides around the country just to see what’s out there.  Then he gets summoned back to Washington DC because of a paternity suit that’s been filed against him, and that is just the beginning of his troubles.

The 110th Military Police unit was Reacher’s former command, and the current commander, Major Susan Turner (Colbie Smulders), is suddenly thrown in jail.  Reacher may be a vagabond and a lone wolf, but he also has a deeply ingrained sense of right and wrong, and everything about Turner’s arrest smells like a dead fish that’s been out in the sun too long.  Naturally, once Reacher sticks his nose where he shouldn’t, things take a nasty turn in short order.  He attracts the attention of a very proficient killer (Patrick Heusinger), and there are fist fights, gun fights, car chases and Mardi Gras mayhem.  Just another normal week in the life of knight errant Jack Reacher.

Jack Reacher is the creation of novelist Lee Child, and Reacher is supposed to be about 6 foot 5 inches, and 250 pounds of muscle.  Tom Cruise doesn’t quite fit that description, but if you want your action boiled down to a two hour movie, this film does a pretty good job.  It gives you the basic story line from the novel, and adds in plenty of action to hold your interest.  This is the second Jack Reacher movie for Cruise, so it looks like he has another franchise to go with his Mission Impossible series.  Cruise may be 54 years old, but he can still handle the action sequences and look damn good doing it.

Dialogue Nuggets:  Reacher to Sheriff – “Two things are going to happen in the next 90 seconds.  First, that phone over there will ring.  Second, you’re going to be wearing these cuffs.”

Reacher to Teenage Girl – “I look like a cop?”  Girl – “Just the haircut.”  Reacher – “Yeah?  I did it myself.”

Major Turner – “So now I’m a fugitive from justice.”  Reacher – “Also, a traitor to your country.  Don’t forget that.”

Reacher – “Never underestimate the charm of a seedy motel.”

Bad Guy to Reacher – “We’re not going to kill you.  Not until you beg for it.  And believe me, you’ll beg for it.”

Major Turner to Reacher – “You’re like something feral.  You got their scent in your nose, and you want them dead.”

Reacher to Teenage Girl – “I remember the women I sleep with.”  Teenage Girl – “Who says she’ll remember you?”

Whiskey Tango Foxtrot:  Despite all the ass-kickings and beat downs he gets in the course of the movie, Cruise only has one small cut on his left cheek to show for it.

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