The long-awaited second film installment in Lee Childs’ award-winning and bestselling series featuring Jack Reacher hits the big screen today. And the critics are mostly not hating it. From Rolling Stone:
Tom Cruise, putting a dimmer on his mega-watt smile, is back busting heads in Jack Reacher: Never Go Back, once again playing the ex-military-cop-turned-road-warrior in defense of the disenfranchised. Critics were snotty four years ago when Cruise first played Reacher, because the 5’7″ actor is the physical opposite of the six-five, 250-pound bruiser that crime novelist Lee Child created on the page. Get over it. The admirably defiant star, still a force of nature at 54, brings his own agility and quick wit to the role.
As I say in my video review above, Jack Reacher: Never Go Back has the sort of title that might be catnip for critics about to launch a Cruise missile against the thing. But not only do I think Paramount should have gone back to this series, I also believe this edition tops the original 2012 film which grossed more than $200 million worldwide.
Jack Reacher: Never Go Back opens today in North America. The Edward Zwick-directed film stars Tom Cruise and Cobie Smulders. And because a film-driven franchise is too good a thing to waste, the 21st book in the series, Night School, will be published by Delacorte Press early in November.