Jack Reacher: Never Go Back

Dir: Ed­ward Zwick 1hr 58mins (12A)

The Week Middle East - - Arts -

Should Tom Cruise have gone back? “Isn’t it time we gave Tom Cruise a break?” asked Henry Fitzherbert in the Sun­day Ex­press. It is years since he em­bar­rassed him­self by bounc­ing up and down, shout­ing on Oprah Win­frey’s sofa, and in the mean­time he has qui­etly got on with the busi­ness of mak­ing a series of en­ter­tain­ing ac­tion movies, of which this lat­est may very well be the best. The ac­tor re­turns as hard-as-nails loner and for­mer sol­dier Jack Reacher, who is de­ter­mined to clear his friend Lt. Su­san Turner (Co­bie Smul­ders) of a charge of es­pi­onage. Also, he must learn if he is re­ally the father of a stroppy teenager (Danika Yarosh), as the army in­sists that he is. The film re­quires the hero to run around a lot, pulling off his sig­na­ture trick of beat­ing up groups of hap­less thugs, said Peter Brad­shaw in The Guardian. It’s “pre­pos­ter­ous” but un­de­ni­ably “en­joy­able”. Well, I didn’t en­joy it, said Tim Robey in The Daily Tele­graph. It’s meant to be a thriller, yet Never Go Back is “lethar­gi­cally paced, unin­spir­ingly edited, and hardly raises your pulse even dur­ing life-or-death mano-a-mano”. As for Cruise, he looks mis­er­able through­out.

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