Jack Reacher Never Go Back Reviewed By Jon E Clist


The Premise
Jack Reacher must uncover the truth behind a major government conspiracy in order to clear his name. On the run as a fugitive from the law, Reacher uncovers a potential secret from his past that could change his life forever.

The Review
Jack Reacher is back, well kind of back in that it’s not the full sized Reacher but the mini-edition. To recap the arguments from the first release that seem to still be hanging around in the minds of the book fans, in the Lee Child classic book series, Jack Reacher is 6'5" tall and 230-250 lbs. Tom Cruise is 5'7" and less than 200 lbs, so you say this is the Reader’s Digest condensed version. Anyway, all that aside, this is another exactly what you expect kind of action film from Tom Cruise.

It has a basic story, with a stack of emotional story parts wrapped around scenes of Cruise exacting revenge on to a bunch of bad guys. There is not really a lot that you need to say about this film. I enjoyed it for what it was and I think that if you enjoyed the first one, then you’ll enjoy this one also.

I did enjoy seeing Cobie Smulders in another new role and it occurred to me that for a long time I could only see her as the girl from How I Met Your Mother, now when I see her it is her role in the Marvel films that has taken over.

The Verdict
A solid action film with a little drama thrown in. Don’t expect to be challenged either emotionally or intellectually, just expect to be entertained.

The Trailer

The Info
Releases: 20th October 2016
Rating: M – Contains violence
Duration: 118 minutes 
Genre:  Action
Starring: Tom Cruise, Cobie Smulders & Robert Knepper
Director: Edward Zwick (Love & Other Drugs, Defiance)

The Extras
Jack Reacher: Never Go Back (2016) is based on the eighteenth book from Lee Child's "Jack Reacher" series. "One Shot," the basis of the first film, is the ninth book, which means this movie may not be a direct sequel.

Jack Reacher: Never Go Back (2016) was filmed in and around New Orleans, Louisiana beginning October 2015.

Tom Cruise had worked with director Edward Zwick in another movie, The Last Samurai (2003).


Lee Child, author of the Jack Reacher novels, has a brief cameo as a TSA agent who is seemingly ambivalent to the fact that Jack (Tom Cruise) doesn't really match the stolen ID he is using to board the plane. This is a nod to Child's support of the "controversial" casting of the diminutive 5'7" Cruise as the 6'5", 250lb, 50-inch chested Reacher. Despite a lot of fan backlash at the casting of Cruise, Lee responded: "Obviously, Tom Cruise doesn't match the physical description of Reacher in the books... but the movie is not going to match the book anyway."