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Jack Reacher: Never Go Back

(3 popcorn boxes)   

  You already know I enjoy action flicks. But I am especially happy when the action hero is untouchable. No matter what, you can’t get the drop on him/her and you won’t get the upper hand in a smack down. It’s why I love Jason Bourne (nobody outsmarts him), The Hulk (picking on his friends doesn’t end well), River Tam (“Miranda!”) and now, Jack Reacher.
  Jack Reacher is based on books written by Lee Child, in particular One Shot. The story is fast paced, action-filled, funny and just a bit scary. What else do you need? 
  When James Barr (Joseph Sikora) is arrested for a random murderous shooting spree his con-fession consists of three words…Get Jack Reacher. 
  Homicide detective Emerson (David Oye-lowo), District Attorney Rodin (Richard Jenks) and defense attorney Helen Rodin (Rosamund Pike) – yes, she’s the daughter of the D.A. – are confounded and enlightened by the appearance of Reacher (Tom Cruise).
  The bad guys are, as usual, irredeemable, but this time not always stupid. The good guys are, as usual, only interested in the truth – except when they’re not.
  Towards the end of the film Robert Duvall shows up in what I thought was going to be a misused 10 minutes of screen time for him. I was mistaken. He turns out to be a great foil for Reacher and a bright spot of the story.
  Three boxes out of five for Jack Reacher. I have always been a fan of Tom Cruise, even though I’m not always a fan of Tom Cruise movies. But this time I certainly hope for and look forward to a franchise of Jack Reacher films…this is escapism at its best! The film is rated PG-13 for violence and language.
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  Rosamund Pike was a familiar face because of my secret love of this 2005 classic starring Keira Knightley. 

        The makeup artists tried to make Jude Law look unattractive in this 2004 “gangster” film. That didn’t work out very well.  Road to Perdition.


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