Thursday, 14 December 2017

Tom’s cruising for a bruising in sequel

EVERYONE’S favourite all-American action hero Tom Cruise returns as the solitary former super soldier in Jack Reacher: Never Go Back

EVERYONE’S favourite all-American action hero Tom Cruise returns as the solitary former super soldier in Jack Reacher: Never Go Back.

As entertaining as it may be to watch Cruise do what he does best — dispatching terrorists with ease and saving the world — fans of the books may be a bit confused as to why he was chosen in the first place.

The protagonist in Lee Child’s highly successful series of books is described as 6ft 5in, about 250lb, with dirty blond hair — pretty much the opposite of Cruise.

That being said, Cruise’s diversity, ability to adapt and huge magnetism regularly attracts an army of fans for any film in which he stars. He is also prepared to fully immerse himself in the projects, regularly performing his own stunts.

His performance in the first film — 2012’s Jack Reacher — saw him capture the brooding, isolated nature of Child’s character, willing to dish out his own brand of justice at a moment’s notice. The sequel is set four years on from the events of the first film. For those who missed it, the former major in the United States Army Military Police Corps lives a vagrant life on the road, taking jobs as they come or being propelled into dangerous situations.



When army major Susan Turner (Cobie Smulders), who heads Reacher’s old investigative unit, is arrested for treason, Reacher will stop at nothing to prove her innocence and uncover the truth behind a major government conspiracy involving soldiers who are being killed.

Based upon Child’s 18th novel in the series, director Edward Zwick takes the helm for Reacher’s second outing. A good choice at first glance as Zwick has form in the military/wartime/political thriller genre with Courage Under Fire, Defiance, The Siege and Blood Diamond.

As the nights draw in, this is truly a weekend film, best enjoyed on a Friday or Saturday night after a long week at work and the need for something that requires minimal effort to join the dots.

That may not sound like a compliment for Zwick’s film, but the promise of solid action sequences, and the prospect of watching Cruise save the day is, after all, sometimes all you want.

Jack Reacher: Never Go Back is now showing at Henley’s Regal Picturehouse.

David White



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