I've never read a Jack Reacher novel and his first cinematic outing made me switch off after 45 minutes. Therefore it was with little to no expectations that I mad emu way to the local cinema to catch this instalment.
Jack is back and this time he's doing seemingly the same thing he did in the last movie. Wandering around America like some vigilante littlest hobo type bringing justice where he see fit. This time he comes to the aid of Major Turner (Cobie Smulders) who has been charged with a crime she didn't commit and simultaneously negotiating the issue of a potential daughter he never knew.
The opening sequence (which is in the trailer) is potentially the most entertaining part of this film as after this it descends into predictable and frankly, ludicrous action sequences that were just as problematic in the first outing.
On the plus side it is refreshing to see a couple of female characters have a fairly equal footing in terms of plot and action but it falls flat amidst corny dialogue and moments that could be telegraphed from miles away! Also while I enjoy a good action romp this included both heroes and villains with incredibly high pain thresholds in the final act if the villain had uttered 'tis but a scratch' it wouldn't have been entirely out of place. Once again realism's been disregarded in favour of additional adrenalin inflected high kicking minutes.
Tom Cruise is his usual self and it may be that he is the last of the true action heroes and indeed the last of Holywoods true stars that still hold some drawing power. The screening I attended was well attended although whether they were Cruise or Reacher fans is an unknown quantity.
The first Jack Reacher did nothing to inspire me and suffered from the same problems, although it at least the villainy of Werner Herzog was a high point. This has done nothing to bring me back into the fold and indeed not going back will be no major problem.