Jack Reacher: Never Go Back
Dir: Edward Zwick 1hr 58mins (12A)
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.