At 53, Tom Cruise is still a busy action movie star, with an upcoming sixth installment of the Mission Impossible franchise as well as the first film in Universal’s rebooted “Monster Franchise”, The Mummy. That packed schedule also includes Jack Reacher: Never Go Back, and while the wait hasn’t been as long as for that planned Top Gun sequel, a four-year gap between films risks losing the built-in audience that enjoyed the first outing.
Cruise himself has a built-in audience, of course, and the new Reacher, based on Lee Child’s book “Never Go Back”, has been crafted as a “standalone” feature that won’t require any catching up. Cruise once again stars as the decorated former military-man dispensing his own version of justice. The sequel brings Reacher back to his past, when he helps an army major who’s been wrongly accused of espionage.
The embattled Major Susan Turner is played by Cobie Smulders, known by TV and moviegoers alike as an agent of S.H.I.E.L.D., as well as the star of long-running series How I Met Your Mother. The actress recently appeared on Entertainment Tonight to promote Never Go Back, and you can see her in action in the trailer above.
The video shows Reacher being his cool, calculating self as he busts the bad guys and gets himself out of tough situations. As Mulders gleefully reveals, once he’s involved in the major’s predicament, “all hell breaks loose.” Like the first film, though, Never Go Back is more grounded than spectacle films like Mission Impossible. Mulders even clarifies that Reacher and Turner aren’t spies; they have to rely on their wits and their fists rather than high-tech “tools.”
While the original Jack Reacher had a bit of a dark side, the sequel may turn into more of a standard road movie action flick as Reacher and Turner go on the run. Both actors reportedly did their own stunts, as Cruise is well-known for, so it should be fun to see the duo teaming up in chase and fight sequences. Whatever else might go on offscreen in Cruise’s real life, moviegoers tend to turn up for his films for the intensity and charisma he repeatedly brings to his roles. If Smulders gets to use her fists as much as she indicates on the preview above, this should be a solidly entertaining popcorn film for fans of the genre.
Jack Reacher: Never Go Back opens in U.S. theaters on October 21st, 2016.
Source: Entertainment Tonight