By Shelby Fielding (Lubbock, Texas, USA)
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Jack Reacher: Never Go Back, A Sad Let Down of a Sequel

Synopsis:

Jack Reacher: Never Go Back is directed by Edward Zwick and stars Tom Cruise, Colbie Smulders, and Aldis Hodge. This movie follows the story of how Jack Reacher is being falsely accused of military crime, and how Reacher begins to find revenge and help all those involved with this conspiracy find innocence and safety. This film provides a letdown of a sequel leaving me asking for more and not fully satisfied.

My Thoughts:

This movie is following a great and original film called Jack Reacher that introduced an awesome, gritty, and different character based off the Jack Reacher novels. And, this sequel was a letdown in so many ways. I loved the first film and found it original along with creative direction and well-choreographed action. The film’s strong point really occurs from the good on-screen chemistry from Major Turner, played by Colbie Smulders, and that of Jack Reacher played by Tom Cruise.

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The film does give an okay narrative it’s more in how they tell the narrative that the film loses me. But, the other pros I found in the film revolve around the good portrayal of women characters in the film being strong, independent, self-reliant women. I really appreciated strong betrayal of women and giving substances and threatening qualities made them fit right in with the action. The action provided is okay and decently entertaining. Tom Cruise of course provides great action sequences by performing his own stunts and fight sequences. These qualities do get overshadowed by the cliché and unoriginal direction provided to create the film.

Flaws:

The action in this film is handled in a very dull and uncreative way. There is no awesome scene that left me speechless or filled with adrenaline. What also makes this film so hard to follow is the weird narrative provided. It’s not that the narrative is hard to follow, but more along why these things are happening in the film. The film also fails to characterize any characters in the film besides the characters of Reacher and Turner. Everyone else is bland and given unoriginal dialogue and narrative to flush out their characters. The director really unnecessary close-ups and long zoom lenses to offer these bland or emotionless shots. Which provides a lack of visual storytelling to go along with this lazy narrative and direction.

My Final Thoughts & Grade:

I was extremely excited for this movie and completely let down. I am so sad to say that Jack Reacher: Never Go Back gets a C-. This film is not terrible, but it definitely does not live up to the awesome performances and original script of the first one. What do you guys think? Is Jack Reacher: Never Go Back a terrible sequel? Let me know down in the comments below and as always have a blessed day

Rating: 3/5

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