When Jack Reacher agrees to a dinner date, he doesn’t let a little thing like military prison get in the way. I give Jack Reacher a B-.
In this sequel, Jack (played by Tom Cruise) has left the military behind but still works for them freelance. He goes where he wants, when he wants. His contact at the military police office, Major Susan Turner (played by Cobie Smulders) is put in prison on trumped up charges and targeted for elimination. Jack takes it upon himself to break her out and help her find out why everyone involved in this mission to Afghanistan is being killed. To complicate matters, a young woman is listed as Jack’s daughter and becomes another target for the killers. Now Jack and Susan must keep her safe while finding out the truth.
While I hadn’t seen the first Jack Reacher movie, I didn’t feel it was needed for this one. Although it’s hard to tell when Tom is being Jack and when he’s his Mission Impossible character, Ethan Hunt. Tom plays them both with a deadpan stare and physical action. Yet in this Jack Reacher movie, the action doesn’t really ramp up until the last fifteen minutes of the movie, and then I had to wonder why Susan didn’t shoot the bad guy but let Jack beat him up and take a beating too. Too many inconsistencies to keep straight in this movie.
Cobie Smulders does a wonderful job as Major Turner. She keeps up with Jack as far as hits and isn’t afraid to get right in his face. Although at times, you had to wonder if she was just visiting from the Avenger’s set. The characters of Susan and Agent Maria Hill are very similar. But I liked her better than Tom Cruise because I felt she had a vested interest in finding out who killed her men overseas whereas Jack was only trying to keep Susan safe.
Tom Cruise served as one of the executive producers and put his own money on the line which is a good thing, because I think it’s important to put your own money where your mouth is…and with Jack Reacher, I believe this movie should have been sent directly to the television so we could save our own $$.
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