Jack Reacher: Never Go Back (2016)


Jack Reacher must uncover the truth behind a major government conspiracy in order to clear his name while on the run as a fugitive from the law. (IMDb)
Midway through Jack mentions how he’s not used to working with other people and that speaks for the film too, particularly with the addition of Turner–it’s a bit of an awkward pairing that often undermines her supposedly strong character (it’s still always Jack saving the day). Snarky and smart Sam is a better fit, fortunately (the climactic tie-in was great and yeah, I cried at the embrace). The investigative plot does its job once again, with an engaging fugitive angle added this time around.
6.5/10 (Alright)


Jack Reacher (2012)


A homicide investigator digs deeper into a case involving a trained military sniper who shot five random victims. (IMDb)
The cockiness of the titular character is often roll-your-eyes annoying (especially knowing this is a “Tom Cruise Production”) but it is occasionally charming in a cheesy sort of way (“Don’t need it”), and there’s a certain fun in knowing for certain your hero will get the job done–it’s just a matter of how, and to that point, the action and investigation scenes are all well done and make up a solid story with just the right amount of humour (mostly Duvall) and political intrigue added in.
7/10 (Good)