Buzz continues to build for the sequel Jack Reacher 2: Never Go Back, featuring a new director (Edward Zwick) and entirely new supporting cast behind Jack Reacher star Tom Cruise. The first trailer revealed much about the story line of the sequel, which follows the title character back to his original military base to help the new commander of his former squad, Major Susan Turner (Cobie Smulders), whom he believes was falsely accused of espionage. After Reacher is suddenly accused of a 16-year-old murder, he and Turner eventually uncover a plot even bigger than they imagined.
The film’s first 60-second TV spot revealed more about the villains’ plot, which appears to center around the systematic killing of U.S. soldiers, some of which were formerly under Reacher’s command – and were murdered by one of their own. The newest TV spot does not reveal much beyond that, but does hint at a massive hunting (and killing) spree by Reacher as he battles back.
The second TV spot for Jack Reacher: Never Go Back, a 30-second clip released online by Paramount Pictures (see above), showcases many of the same moments from previous trailers, but does reveal a new line from Cruise as he tells Major Turner, “It’s time to start hunting.” This strongly suggests that Reacher will have quite the body count in the sequel: a film that is based on Never Go Back, the 18th book in the Jack Reacher book series by British author and the creator of the Jack Reacher character, Lee Child.
The new TV spot still fails to address the plotline from the novel that was hinted at in the synopses for all of the trailers on YouTube, involving Reacher’s possible teenage daughter. The synopsis for the new TV spot reads: “Making things right will lead him on a cross-country chase to uncover the truth – and maybe even a family.” The thematic emphasis on hunting suggests a major villainous role for Patrick Heusinger as “The Hunter.”
Hunting bad guys amid explosions and hails of gunfire is nothing new for Cruise, nor veteran director Zwick, who collaborated with Cruise on 2003’s The Last Samurai and also directed action thrillers like Blood Diamond, Defiance, and The Siege. In terms of action and intrigue, Jack Reacher: Never Go back is in good hands based on Zwick’s experience and Cruise’s star power.
While Zwick and Cruise’s newest collaboration certainly has great potential, there’s still not much known about the balance between action and story in the film (which is also the first sequel of the 64-year-old Zwick’s career). There’s also the first Jack Reacher’s underwhelming domestic box office total of just over $80 million; Paramount Pictures seems to be betting that the sequel will match or outperform the original’s $218 million worldwide total, and that is not necessarily a surefire bet.
Jack Reacher 2: Never Go Back arrives in U.S. theaters on October 21st, 2016.
Source: Paramount Pictures
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