Jack Reacher: Never Go Back (2016) Non Spoiler Review

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  1. thing

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    Jack Reacher: Never Go Back (2016)
    Directed by Edward Zwick

    The first Jack Reacher film was met with skepticism before it came out and was only a mild success at the box-office but found a large fanbase on the small screen for its hard edge, great atmosphere, superb car chase and a memorable villain. Four years later Jack Reacher returns and must uncover the truth behind a major government conspiracy in order to clear his name.

    Tom Cruise is his usual excellent self and is joined by Cobie Smulders (The Avengers) & Danika Yarosh (Heroes: Reborn) who are good but unfortunately has a cookie cutter, cliche'd set of villains. This however is the least of the problems with this very tepid sequel that has a by the numbers script and incredibly bland direction. Edward Zwick (The Last Samurai) has never been the most visionary of directors but this film doesn't feel like it was made with and love or flare at all and feels dated and cheap.

    In the end it is not a bad film but a very bland film and a real missed opportunity especially in the portions set during halloween in New Orleans. A better director might have been able to give something interesting to this run of the mill script but we are left something a little tired and forgettable with only a few entertaining sections.

    4.5/10
     
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    thats too bad. i enjoyed the first, and was looking forward to this....was almost considering seeing it theatrically.
     
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    Well maybe you'll like it but the consensus online that I checked this morn seems to match what I thought last night. I hVe the first one on blu but won't be getting this one. Everything in the trailer was from the first half hour pretty much, which was actually pretty good then it just falls away hard.
     
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    I loved the first one - especially since it had shots in Pittsburgh and PNC park! Go Pirates! It sounds like this one doesn't live up to the first but is still decent/watchable
     
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    I've never read the books, but my mom loves them. I thought the Tom Cruise movies were hot garbage, but so far I'm thoroughly enjoying Amazon's new Reacher series. The cast is great, it has much more personality than the dour Cruise films, and is just a lot of fun. Good laughs, good action, some nasty kills (this is definitely a much more R-rated outing than the movies).

    I still have one more episode to go, but recommended.
     
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    I really enjoyed Jack Reacher (Cruise) but didn't care so much for the sequel. The series was enjoyable and I wouldn't mind another season.
     

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