Tom Cruise's Jack Reacher: Never Go Back Struggles With Critics

Posted: Oct 21 2016, 10:37am CDT | by , Updated: Oct 24 2016, 10:47pm CDT, in News | Latest Movie News

 

Tom Cruise's Jack Reacher Never Go Back Struggles with Critics
 

Tom Cruise is called out for his role in new Jack Reacher Never Go Back by critics who seem not impressed.

The film is based on Lee Child’s successful series based on the ex-U.S. Military Police Corps major who works freelance to pursue justice in the areas of the government that are otherwise considered unreachable and void of persecution by the judicial system. He flaunts great fighting skills, sharp detection ability and a flair for ruthless justice. The books are successful all around the world. 

Unfortunately, same could not be said about the movie adaptation featuring Tom Cruise as the main character Jack Reacher. Admittedly, Cruise has done some of his best work as the super spy, Ethan Hunt in the Mission Impossible series but the somewhat more serious and brooding Jack Reacher role does not quite fit the actor’s persona.

As a result, his acting has been questioned by the critics in the first Jack Reacher movie as well as the latest sequel Never Go Back. The movie is competing with Ouija’s sequel and the comedies, Keeping Up With The Joneses and Boo! A Madea Halloween.

Although the studios and the movie fanatics hoped that the Jack Reacher sequel will easily take the lead on the box office mainly because of Cruise’s star appeal and the action thriller content based on a successful book franchise, the Zwick directed military thriller fell short of many expectations. 

The story set four years after the first movie revolves around Jack having romantic interest in a female officer, Maj. Susan Turner, the head of Reacher's former internal military investigation unit. Turner played by Colbie Smulders delivers a decent and well-rounded performance.

Reacher is caught in a paternity suit of his maybe daughter played by Danika Yarosh. Things soon turn around as Turner faces inquiry and persecution in a conspiracy involving shady military contractors abroad and at home.

The main antagonist played by Patrick Heusinger battles it out with Reacher and posse in New Orleans which was used earlier as an attraction for the audience in the promotional campaign for the movie. 

Critics did not favor the movie. In some harsh reviews, they have outlined the movie’s plot as somewhat lacking, Cruise’s performance fall short at time and at other times, it exceeds to what is required by the character.

Bryan of USA Today reviewed that the movie is a major step backwards with an A-list actor in a C-grade military thriller.

Entertainment Weekly called out the sequel as unnecessary. Rotten Tomatoes has given the movie a rating of 37% only. Things look grim at the critical front for the movie. 

The movie is yet to get tested on its opening weekend. It might surprise everyone like the first movie did. The audience will be the final factor that will determine whether the movie is a hit or not. 

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