Jack Reacher, when it arrived in late 2012, was something of a curiosity. It’s based on Lee Child’s popular series of novels about a tough-guy, military-veteran drifter who stands 6-foot-5 – but played in the movie by Tom Cruise, who is considerably shorter than that (and was also 50 years old at the time). The film, however, became a success. It was directed by frequent Cruise collaborator Christopher McQuarrie and features a cast that includes Rosamund Pike, David Oyelowo, Robert Duvall and (best of all) Werner Herzog as its memorable villain.
The sequel, Jack Reacher: Never Look Back, took awhile to get going, but finally began filming last year with a different director (Edward Zwick) and an entirely different supporting cast (Cobie Smulders, Danika Yarosh, Aldis Hodge, Holt McCallany). Its script is based on a Child novel published after the first movie was released, too.
Now, a new TV trailer and poster have been released for the Jack Reacher sequel. The minute-long TV trailer commercial (see above) lays out the general premise of the new film: the military officer in charge of Reacher’s old unit (Smulders) contacts him, revealing that some of them have been killed. When Smulders’ character is arrested for the deaths, Reacher returns to help her, solve this mystery, and hit a lot of bad guys (most of them noticeably taller that him) at the same time.
You can check out the new Jack Reacher: Never Go Back poster, below:
The clip, along with the previous teaser and trailer, indicate that Jack Reacher: Never Look Back will have a similar feel to the original film, with plentiful fighting and action scenes; but also with a breezier and more darkly-humorous tone than, say, the Bourne series. There’s also banter, possibly indicating romance, between Cruise and Smulders.
There are some red flags here. McQuarrie, one of the best directors of action working today, is gone, replaced by a filmmaker, Zwick, whose past films in and around the genre (Courage Under Fire, The Siege, the Cruise-starring The Last Samurai) have varied in quality. The new supporting cast is also something of a step down; casting Werner Herzog as a villain was a masterstroke and there’s nothing comparable in the new film’s cast. And the second Jack Reacher will be missing something else that distinguished the first: the element of surprise.
Then again, the Never Go Back commercial and earlier trailers are pretty impressive, the poster is strong – and Cruise, even in his mid-50s, remains one of the most reliable of action stars.
Jack Reacher: Never Look Back hits U.S. theaters on October 21st, 2016
Source: Paramount Pictures