'Jack Reacher Never Go Back' A Dull, Familiar Sequel

The follow-up to Christopher McQuarrie's lean-mean action machine finds Cruise re-teaming with his The Last Samurai director, Ed Zwick, who stepped in when McQuarrie was busy on that other little Tom Cruise vehicle, Mission Impossible.

American blockbuster thriller "Jack Reacher: Never Go Back" starring Tom Cruise is now being screened at Liberty Lite, Savoy and Excel cinema in Colombo.

So there's a weariness embedded in Cruise's portrayal of Reacher this time around: he's frequently battered and bruised, his muscles and joints clearly aching as he climbs into bed in a fleabag motel.

Ideal non-taxing action thrills, then - you should watch it once but you probably wont go back. "And we just get to depict that onscreen and have many more people see it and see it as a reality".

In fact, next to nothing in "Jack Reacher: Never Go Back" represents even a marginal improvement - or comes anywhere close - to the first film.

It's been thirty years since Tom Cruise took our breath away in bromantic fighter pilot classic Top Gun - and fans are still clamouring for a sequel. I know the character is from a series of books by Lee Child.

Never Go Back, the former military policeman who favours hitchhiking, cheap motels and righteous certainty arrives in Washington DC expecting to finally meet Major Susan Turner (Cobie Smulders), his successor in US Army investigations and partner in mild phone flirtation, only to learn that she's been court-martialled for espionage.

Zwick admitted that there were some "economic realities" to making "Never Go Back" - the entire film was shot in just one of the novel's locales, New Orleans, though the viewer will be convinced the characters have also been in Washington, D.C. - but he was more interested in the "artistic realities". No more navel-gazing, no more pondering paternity, no time for love, Dr. Jones - and we know what they say about a shark that stops moving forward.

The 54-year-old actor was joined at the premiere by his co-stars Cobie Smulders and Danika Yarosh. Playing a very similar character to her Maria Hill, proving once again Smulders should have more to do in the Avengers films.

Reacher is more at ease trading threats with his chief pursuer, a bad guy known as The Hunter (Patrick Heusinger), who delivers a villainous monologue before torturing a captive. If you love action movies and do not mind straightforward plot with lots of stunts, this film is for you.

"And she just embodied that character beautifully, shes got incredible intelligence and power". It's such a amusing character you don't know what this guy is going to do next.

  • Marlene Weaver