I have to be honest and admit that I’ve never read any of Lee Child’s Jack Reacher novels, but I did find myself enjoying the first movie starring Tom Cruise a few years ago. Now we come to the sequel that might not be as intense and focused as the previous one, but it’s still a great action, thriller mystery well worth watching in Jack Reacher: Never Go Back. Filled with enough intrigue and action to keep viewers happy while looking and sounding great in 4K, this is one you’ll want to reach out for.
Tom Cruise is back again as the infamous loner Jack Reacher, an ex-Major from the military that travels across the country helping those he can with his excellent detective and combat skills. His latest adventure involves helping out a fellow military colleague and love interest for Jack, Major Susan Turner (Cobie Smulders), who helps him out of a jam at the start of the movie. On his way to meet her in Washington D.C. for a possible date and to thank her in person, he learns she’s been accused of espionage and is locked away in a prison. Knowing something isn’t right and that she’s been framed, Jack takes it upon himself to break her out and the two go on the run to find the real perpetrators. As with any good mystery film, they learn this won’t be easy as higher ups in the military are involved and it’s going to be hard to prove as they send out a skilled assassin to hunt and kill them. Add in Jack coming across a young lady whose mother filed a paternity suit against him named Samantha (Danika Yarosh) that ends up tagging along, and you have an action packed, babysitting mystery adventure on your hands (hmm, a new genre?).
It was a little longer than it should’ve been (nearly two hours), and Danika Yarosh’s character quickly becomes an annoying, stereotypical teenager, but I still had a good time watching. Tom Cruise does what he does best, kicks butt while looking macho doing it and using plenty of smarts to solve the mystery. The best thing about the film was seeing it in 4K, which looks and sounds amazing thanks to HDR and Dolby Atmos working to keep your eyes and ears glued to the movie. There’s also quite a few special features to check out once the case is closed, starting with “Relentless: On Location in Louisiana” that goes into the shooting locations there and why they chose them. “An Unexpected Family” discusses how the female characters in the film gives Reacher some depth and humanity to go along with his usually cold demeanor, “Take Your Revenge First: Lethal Combat” takes a look behind the scenes of the fight and stunt choreography, “Reacher Returns” collects a few of interviews of the cast and crew discussing the character, “Reacher in Focus” is a collection of photos that were taken while the movie was being filmed, and lastly “No Quarter Given: Rooftop Battle” goes into the final fight sequence and how the crew made it come together so well.
If you’re looking for a good action mystery to watch, you can’t go wrong with Jack Reacher: Never Go Back. While it could’ve been shorter and lost the annoying teen, it has more than enough action, drama and intrigue to keep you glued to the seat, and watching it in 4K with its amazing visuals and sound just seals the deal even further.