Jack Reacher: Never Go Back Blu-ray Review
“Jack Reacher: Never Go Back” is generic, but entertaining enough.
Based on the popular book series by Lee Child, “Jack Reacher: Never Go Back” is the second installment in the action franchise that revolves around the titular no-nonsense ex-major turned bad-ass drifter who rights wrongs. In this outing, Army Major Turner becomes wrongfully accused of murder and espionage. After Jack talks to her attorney, the attorney winds up dead and Jack becomes framed for his murder. Wanting to know what is going on, Turner and Jack become fugitives to find out who or what is behind this conspiracy all while trying to avoid being killed by assassins. While all of this is going on, Jack discovers that he may have a daughter (Samantha) who is also being targeted.
Aside from an intense opening sequence and Werner Herzog’s performance, the first film did not make much of an impression. From a film perspective, it felt like Paramount and Tom Cruise were merely making something in between the next “Mission: Impossible” sequel. That feeling still stands for “Jack Reacher: Never Go Back” although the film does manage to hold your interest.
With the accomplished Edward Zick directing and co-writing this film, one would think it would be a higher caliber action movie, but that’s not quite the case. Strangely enough, the movie feels like an 80’s action movie that you’ve seen many times over. The plot gets lost amidst the action and characterization, there’s a cheesy subplot used to humanize the gruff main hero, and the story is essentially a series of conveniences. However, I doubt many people are watching this movie for the plot. They are likely tuning in for the action and the good news is the action is grounded, fast paced, intense and almost entirely CGI free.
What really makes ‘Never Go Back’ watchable though is the lead performances by Tom Cruise and Cobie Smulders. While some fans of the book series find Cruise to be wrong for the role, I find the casting to be intriguing. Cruise tends to play the heroic good guy, but Jack Reacher isn’t the standard hero. He’s edgier and a bit of a jackass. It’s not the type of role you see Cruise in so it’s fascinating to see him take that persona on. As for Smulders, she pretty much steals the movie. I hope she gets to do more action movie roles in the future as she’s clearly game for them.
Presentation: 2.39:1 1080p. How does it look? A bright and crisp transfer.
Audio Track: Dolby Atmos. How does it sound? You know Atmos will never disappoint and it certainly does not here.
* DVD copy and Digital copy.
* A short paperback Jack Reacher story titled “Everyone Talks” by Lee Childs that also features illustrations.
* “Reacher Returns”- A featurette on the titular character and his return to the big screen.
* “An Unexpected Family”- This extra covers Jack’s character evolution in the sequel.
* “Relentless: On Location In Louisiana”- A featurette on location shooting in Louisiana.
* “Take Your Revenge First: Lethal Combat”- The fights and action are spotlighted in this behind-the-scenes bonus feature.
* “No Quarter Given: Rooftop Battle”- This featurette revolves around the making of the climactic action scene.
* “Reacher In Focus: With Tom Cruise And Photographer David James”- The two tal about still photography.
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