Thanks mostly to the star power of Tom Cruise – who apparently wasn’t content with kicking ass in the Mission Impossible franchise and needed more excuses to beat the hell out of people on the big screen – Christopher McQuarrie’s 2012 film Jack Reacher was a moderate box office success, grossing $80 million and bringing the popular literary character to life.
A sequel was greenlit the following year, but scheduling issues delayed production until late 2015, and now we’re finally on the cusp of returning to the world that celebrated author Lee Childs created. This time around, Edward Zwick – who worked with Cruise on The Last Samurai – is in the director’s chair, and last night’s broadcast of Entertainment Tonight served up the first official look at Jack Reacher: Never Go Back.
I’m sure this trailer would have been a lot more effective without the voiceover from the ET host, but what can you do? This time around, Reacher teams up with Major Susan Turner, (Cobie Smulders), and works to help clear her name when she’s framed for espionage and thrown into a military prison – which Reacher will naturally have to bust her out of.
At 53 years old, Cruise is still one of the most prolific action stars in the world, and there’s something about his onscreen presence – especially in this kind of badass, take-no-prisoners role – that’s just inherently watchable. And Smulders, taking the next logical step after her recurring role as Agent Maria Hill in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, certainly looks like she’ll be able to hold her own alongside Cruise.
I enjoyed the first Jack Reacher film, especially the genius casting of Werner Herzog as the villain. And although Jai Courtney often gets knocked for his lifeless performances, I didn’t think he was all that bad in the film, either. But of course, Cruise is the real draw, and I’m looking forward to seeing him step back into this character’s shoes for another to hours of cinematic mayhem.
Jack Reacher: Never Go Back is slated for release on October 21.
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