Jack Reacher – Never go back, with Tom Cruise, Cobie Smulders, Aldis Hodge and Patrick Heusinger, directed by Edward Zwick.
IN this, the second instalment of the Jack Reacher franchise, Reacher (Tom Cruise), a former military investigator, gets involved in a conspiracy when he contacts Major Susan Turner (Cobie Smulders) to assist him in an investigation he has undertaken.
Turner is accused of espionage and arrested by the military, charged with having two officers under her command killed. Reacher doesn’t accept this and speaks with her attorney, Colonel Bob Moorcroft (Robert Catrini) who informs Reacher that a woman has lodged a paternity suit against him, claiming her 15-year-old daughter, Samantha Dayton (Danika Yarosh), is his.
Reacher decides to investigate the paternity claim but, on meeting with Dayton, she rebuffs him, believing he is a narc or someone who just used her mother.
An assassin is dispatched to kill Moorcroft, and Reacher is accused of his murder. He is arrested and taken to the military prison, but spots two mercenaries ready to kill Turner and so formulates a plan where both Turner and he escape incarceration and are now on the run from the assassins and the military.
They visit the home of Dayton and find her foster parents dead. But Dayton is hiding and, when they discover her, they take the reluctant teenager with them as they hatch a plan to clear their names and put the real perpetrators behind bars.
The movie is fast-paced and deals with a number of issues including the impetuosity of youth, corruption within the military and the power mongers who use war as a method of profiteering.
Cruise makes an excellent Jack Reacher, with his underplayed but very effective acting style, he seems ideally suited to the part. Smulders is a good counterpoint, more emotionally charged than Cruise’s character, but nevertheless driven by the same motivation.
Watch out for Aldis Hodge as Captain Espin, as well as Patrick Heusinger as the evil but highly talented assassin.
This is definitely a movie to watch this year and should leave you wondering if there will be a third instalment in the Jack Reacher franchise.