JACK REACHER: NEVER GO BACK (2016) 2.5 Stars out of 5


jack-reacher-never-go-back-movie-posterWith all of the division and negativity that we currently find in our country, I was really looking forward to screening an old fashioned, military action escape movie. How could we go wrong with a Jack Reacher story adapted from author Lee Child.

Oscar winner Edward Zwick , has a long list of directing some pretty good films. And the star is a real Hollywood action hero — actor Tom Cruise, who loves to do his own stunts. So, as the lights in the auditorium began to dim and I settled into my seat with a big tub of popcorn in hand, my expectations ran high. Yet another Government cover-up as the hero becomes the villain and the villain becomes the hero.

Flash forward to one hour and fifty-eight minutes later. The lights came up in the auditorium and the first impression of JACK REACHER — as the credits begin to roll, and pardon the pun — is to NEVER GO BACK.

It is not that the movie is so bad. It’s just that it’s not terribly good. It was average and deserving of its 2.5 Stars. Had Mr. Zwick or the studio cut out about 30 minutes of this all-too familiar story, the film might have been better. But, if we are honest, a dull screenplay is still a dull screenplay. Richard Wenk, Edward Zwick and Marshall Herskovitz who wrote the screenplay should have done better. And the seven producers including Tom Cruise, should have known better.

So what are the redeeming merits of this film? There is chemistry between Tom Cruise and his lovely co-star Cobie Smulders. She is familiar to almost all of us who watched HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER for almost a decade. And now, she has played Maria Hill in three of the Marvel comic movies. While I did not particularly care for how her role in this film was written, Danika Yarosh, the third co-star, is to be watched as an up and coming film actress.

I have been a fan of Tom Cruise since I first met him in person during an early screening of RISKY BUSINESS in December of 1982. His filmography is proof positive that he is and will always be — a film icon: My top 8 Tom Cruise films : A FEW GOOD MEN; BORN ON THE FOURTH OF JULY; JERRY MAGUIRE; MISSION IMPOSSIBLE (SERIES); RAIN MAN; THE COLOR OF MONEY and TOP GUN.

Unfortunately, I cannot list either JACK REACHER film in this category.


Bob Fisher at the Movies last week reviewed THE ACCOUNTANT as a pretty good film here on News3LV. Ben Affleck and Anna Kendrick are at the top of their game. 4.5 Stars out of 5. And America agreed. CinemaScore exit polls from opening night audiences all around the country received an “A” grade. We are very proud of CinemaScore, whose home base is right here in Las Vegas.

Congratulations to THE ACCOUNTANT for placing No. 1 at the North American box office over the past week.

The movie, according to VARIETY, took in $24.7 million. The movie cost Warner Bros. approximately $40 million to produce and tens of millions more to market.

On December 25, 2016, Warner Bros. will release an upcoming American crime film, LIVE BY NIGHT (2016), already considered a strong Oscar contender. LIVE BY NIGHT is written, directed and produced by Ben Affleck.

Please read my full movie review of The Accountant


HACKSAW RIDGE, INFERNO and I’M NOT ASHAMED are three of the new films that will be reviewed next week.

  • HACKSAW RIDGE is the highly praised war film directed by Mel Gibson and starring Andrew Garfield.
  • INFERNO, starring Tom Hanks is directed by Ron Howard.
  • And I’M NOT ASHAMED, is the beautiful new Christian film that tells the true story of Rachel Scott, who was among the murdered at Columbine High School on April 20, 1999.

For trailers and release dates of these and other Movies Coming Soon


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