If you’ve been reading my movies for the past year, you’ll have come to the conclusion that when I like a movie, my reviews are long, and when I don’t care for them, they’re short. This is one of the short ones.
Once again Tom Cruise recreates the title character in Jack Reacher: Never Go Back. Too bad he didn't pay attention to the title. Now at the age of 54, Cruise is trying to play a tough 6' 5" muscled, mid-30-year-old, no nonsense marine MP (based upon the book’s character) when in fact he’s only 5' 7" and much older than his character. This slight discrepancy takes away from the reality of the film. It's a far stretch to think that a man in his fifties can take on young guys in their twenties and thirties. It doesn't happen in sports, it doesn't happen in reality, and it's far-fetched, even for films.
In this episode of the Jack Reacher series, he must uncover the truth behind a major government conspiracy to clear a fellow female officer, along with himself, who are both scapegoats.
While this is a good, action-packed movie, there's too many scenes where it's just become silly. It reminded me of the TV show, The A-Team (1983-1987). Thousands of bullets were fired, but only a few people ever got hit. Similarly, when a dozen police cars would surround a building, Cruise would easily slip away by simply walking out. Also, when was the last time you thrust your fist through a car window breaking not only the glass, but knocking the driver out? Yeah, right! Try it sometime if you think it’s so easy. Let me know how much is your medical bill when you leave the emergency room.
I know Cruise would love to keep this as his franchise for the next 10 years, but it simply is not in the cards—because as they say, you can never go back.