I liked the first one a little better, but this one does stand alone
Release date:January 31, 2017
MPAA Rating:PG-13 (for sequences of violence and action, some bloody images, language and thematic elements)
Screenwriters:Richard Wenk, Edward Zwick , Marshall Hershkovitz, Marshall Herskovitz
Starring:Tom Cruise, Cobie Smulders, Aldis Hodge, Danika Yarosh, Patrick Heusinger, Holt McCallany, Robert Knepper
This is the second installment in the Jack Reacher franchise, and I have to admit that I was really excited to see this film! The intro did not disappoint. It was funny and straight to the point. Jack Reacher, 4-5 knuckleheads on the ground, corrupt sheriffs, you get the story.
From here we see an unusual turn off events. It seems that Reacher, instead of flying solo, with the occasional checking in with the “client”, had been working very closely with a Major Susan Turner (brought to us by the lovely and talented Cobie Smulders) regarding this case and it is more than hinted at that there is some interest brewing between the two of them. This, however, has very little to do with the story but serves as a nice sub-plot.
Reacher makes his way to D.C. so as to meet up with the Major only to find that she has been relieved of her duty and that he is set to be arrested. One of the charges is, of all things, child support. For me,this seemed kind of weird and out of place, yet it did bring the appropriate shock. The story continues from there. There is a pretty well laid out govt conspiracy, plenty of chases, as well as gun play. I thought that the relationship between Reacher and the Major had just the right amount of tension as well as symbiosis, and for those who don’t know there is another player on the field who, while being effective and edgy, is terribly annoying (at least for me).
Personality, I liked the first one a little better, but this one does stand alone and had some really funny moments amidst the action.