Jack Reacher: Never Go Back Review
by O. Spooner
‘First of all, the film’s subtitle is Never go Back and if you watch this film, that is exactly what you will want to do.’
Director: Edward Zwick
Actors: Tom Cruise, Cobie Smulders & Aldis Hodge
Plot Synopsis: An Ex-Major goes back to his old army base to meet the Major taking his place. On the day he shows up, he finds out she’s been relieved of command for espionage. The day after that, he’s imprisoned for murder. After getting them both out, he searches for his “daughter” whilst on the run.
First of all, the film’s subtitle is Never go Back and if you watch this film, that is exactly what you will want to do. This film is simply not the best. It’s based on a book, which based on how this film came out, is probably a hundred percent better. Even the fight scenes were dull and everything just seemed too predictable, such as in one scene where the other major is teaching the daughter how to escape when you have a gun to your head. What’s predictable is that later on, she has a gun to her head and gets out of it.
Also, there are moments that make no sense. One minute, the two majors are in a car park full of black saloons but they then escape in a blue and white military police car which is not seen anywhere in the car park! There are also a couple of attempts at jokes in the film, each one feels laboured and and in no way funny. It just isn’t a good film – it was very bland and there’s nothing which makes it special. If you want a good spy/military based film, then one of the James Bond films is your best bet. Some of the production is good, such as the makeup for the wounds, but that is only one of the few good things about this film. There just isn’t anything that makes this film different from other films like it.
Overall, this film is OK but not worth buying. If you have it accessible on a streaming platform you’ve already paid for, then you might want to give it a try.
Jack Reacher: Never Go Back is currently available on Netflix and was rated 12A by the BBFC.