If Paul Greengrass welcomed the return of a true genre icon with Jason Bourne earlier this year – a reticent man of few words who lets his fists and cunning mind do the talking – fans of action cinema can look forward to Tom Cruise swinging the pendulum back towards a more light-hearted and quip-happy super spy in Jack Reacher: Never Go Back.
Pitched as the sequel to Christopher McQuarrie’s 2012 sleeper hit – before the writer-director shifted gears into the Mission: Impossible franchise in time for Rogue Nation – Never Go Back is adapted from Lee Child’s thriller of the same name and finds our title hero making tracks for an old military base in Virginia. It’s here that Cruise’s hardman uncovers a potential conspiracy, one that threatens to engulf Cobie Smulders’ disgraced major, Susan Turner. Joining forces against corruption, Cruise and Smulders risk mutiny as they race to the bottom of this seemingly global threat.
What lends Never Go Back the benefit of the doubt is the fact that the sequel’s script is penned by Marshall Herskovitz and Lee Child himself. Together, they’ve recruited a starry ensemble that has Cruise and Smulders surrounded by Robert Catrini, Danika Yarosh, Aldis Hodge, Patrick Heusinger, Holt McCallany and Austin Hebert,
Come October 21, Jack Reacher: Never Go Back will bring back Tom Cruise’s title super spy with style. But how will Edward Zwick’s follow-up fare with critics?
Jack Reacher: Never Go Back follows the title character as he returns to Virginia to meet the head of his former unit. But she’s missing, he’s being charged with a crime committed nearly 20 years ago, and he may even have a daughter. Making things right will lead him on a cross-country chase to uncover the truth – and maybe even a family.