Movie Review #3987 JACK REACHER : NEVER GO BACK.
Further installment of Lee Child's tough guy Jack Reacher with Tom Cruise again in hot seat.
Fairly routine play out has Jack coming to the aid of a military police major he hasn't actually met but has been working with in solving cases across the country. Finding her accused of espionage, Jack encounters all sorts of skullduggery and shenanigans while negotiating corrupt sheriffs, 15yr old blondes, past indiscretions and a bunch of other tough guys of the bad variety.
The usual fight routines, lots of gun fire and trying to stay one step ahead of the enemy along with a healthy dose of other all-been-done-befores leave this effort lacking originality and the storyline being somewhat predictable, leads to a certain tedium 3/4 the way through.
Cast is Cruise plus a bunch of pretty much also-rans and unknowns and there are no real stand out performances as such. Problem is with Tom that no matter the character he is playing, it's always Top Gun's Maverick grinning through. That said, it is reasonably entertaining and as an action thriller to kill a few hours it's not such a bad way, as long as expectations are not too high.
I'm a movie nut from way back with my first ever being The Hallelujah Trail from 1964. Ever since, I've been mesmerized by the giant screen, and the darkness that went on forever. Despite the infernally uncomfortable seats, (plus having to stand for God Save the Queen), I've been enticed ever since to duck into a theatre whenever I can for a few hours of escapism.