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If you have never read a Jack Reacher book, you will absolutely love this action flick. It is jammed pack with fighting, shooting, fast automobiles and suspense. If you have ever read a Jack Reacher novel, you will realize how miscast this movie is. I have a lot of trouble getting past that but this is still a fun action film. Incidentally, in the book, Jack Reacher is 6’5” tall and weighs in at 250 pounds. If Tom Cruise, who stars as Jack Reacher is a smidgeon over 5’7”, I will eat my hat!!

Jack Reacher returns with his particular brand of justice in the sequel “Jack Reacher: Never go Back”. When Army Major Susan Turner, who heads Reacher’s old investigative unit, is arrested for Treason; Reacher will stop at nothing to prove her innocence and to uncover the truth behind a major government conspiracy involving soldiers who were killed.

Three-time Academy Award nominee Cruise plays Jack Reacher. Cobie Smulders is absolutely drop-dead gorgeous as Major Turner, Danika Yarosh plays Samantha Dayton, Robert Knepper is General Harkness, Ninja N. Devoe is the female MP and Patrick Heusinger plays the hunter. Heusinger’s character is a bad, bad man. Although Devoe’s role is minimal at best, she was very convincing and I see a great acting future for her. She deserves more and bigger parts.

The Screenplay was penned Richard Wenk and Academy Award Winner Edward Zwick & Academy Award Nominee Marshall Herskovitz based upon the book Jack Reacher: Never Go Back, author Lee Child’s 18th novel in the best-selling Jack Reacher series, that has sold over 100 million books worldwide. The writers did a good job with the script. The screenplay follows the book very closely.

Zwick directed “Jack Reacher: Never Go Back”. Zwick also directed “Blood Diamond,” “The Last Samurai,” “Glory,” and “Legends of the Fall.”

This is probably not a film you will want to watch over and over, but it is a fun and harmless way to spend an evening or a rainy afternoon. I really enjoyed it. I was never bored and having read the book, I knew what was going to happen next.

“Jack Reacher: Never Go Back” opens Friday at AMC Eastgate Showplace 6, AMC Showplace Edwardsville 12 and Dougherty Theatres Jerseyville Stadium.

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