734. Jack Reacher: Never Go Back

Background info

Title: Jack Reacher: Never Go Back
Director: Edward Zwick
Year: 2016
Run time: 1hr 58m

“Jack Reacher returns to enforce his bold brand of justice in the action-packed sequel based on Lee Child’s best-selling Jack Reacher series. When Army Major Susan Turner is framed for treason, Reacher discovers she’s the target of a massive government conspiracy. With help from Turner and a mysterious new ally, Reacher risks everything to take down a powerful organization that will stop at nothing to protect its secrets.”

Live blog

1:17 – “One guy took ‘em all out…” Yea, that’s Jack Reacher.
5:00 – Yay, Cobie Smulders. Being like an agent all over again.
7:59 – It’s interesting that he’s suspicious when they’ve only spoken on the phone.
13:09 – How hard do you have to punch to break through a car window?
15:42 – People following people following people.
21:10 – God, you just know he is observing every single thing. Crazy good.
25:16 – “Act angry.” “I am angry.”
28:12 – Oof, Internet café.
32:35 – They make an effective team.
39:48 – She’s good at improvising weapons, this Turner major.
44:08 – “You’re very intense, you know that?”
49:21 – Ha, smug face.
59:08 – Don’t hotels get suspicious if you pay cash?
1:08:29 – Reacher is enough of a weapon without giving him rage to fuel him.
1:14:20 – The kid really is quite awesome. Except for shoes on the bed.
1:25:23 – Yea! Blowing up barrels is so Tomb Raider!
1:34:26 – The junkie said there was more opium in New Orleans than where they make it.
1:37:12 – “Because that’s what I would do.”
1:44:50 – This slow-mo fighting makes a change.

Conclusions

So, I couldn’t remember much about the first one, except it seems like we enjoyed it and a quick glance at the trailer reminded me of the main points.

This film was broadly quite similar, Reacher doing what he does best, righting wrongs and sticking up for the little guy. I quite liked the dynamic between the three, Reacher’s no-nonsense, Turner’s military strength and the kid’s street smarts. They made a good team.

It was a good film that did plenty right and very little wrong, but it wasn’t that memorable. There was nothing to complain about, but I think in a few years I would need to watch the trailer again to remind myself what happened.

Rating: 3/5.

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