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We Review: Jack Reacher: Never Go Back “4.1 stars 100% as expected. No Surprises, but still entertaining” – MR

Jack Reacher: Never Go Back

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Jack Reacher: Never Go Back
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Theatrical release poster
Directed by Edward Zwick
Produced by
Screenplay by
Based on Never Go Back
by Lee Child
Starring
Music by Henry Jackman
Cinematography Oliver Wood
Edited by Billy Weber
Production
companies
Distributed by Paramount Pictures
Release dates
  • October 16, 2016(New Orleans)
  • October 21, 2016(United States)
Running time
118 minutes[1]
Country United States
Language English
Budget $60 million[2][3]
Box office $60.2 million[2]

Jack Reacher: Never Go Back is a 2016 American actionthriller film directed by Edward Zwick and written by Zwick, Richard Wenk and Marshall Herskovitz. A sequel to 2012 film Jack Reacher, the film stars Tom Cruise, Cobie Smulders, Patrick Heusinger, Aldis Hodge, Danika Yarosh and Holt McCallany. The plot follows Reacher going on-the-run with an Army Major who has been wrongly framed for espionage.

Principal photography began on October 20, 2015 in New Orleans and the film was released on October 21, 2016 in IMAX[4] and conventional formats. It received mixed reviews and has grossed $60 million.

Plot

After dismantling a human trafficking ring, former military investigator turned vigilante drifter Jack Reacher returns to his old military headquarters to meet Major Susan Turner, who has been assisting him in his investigations, only to learn from his old rival, Colonel Sam Morgan, that Turner has been accused of espionage and detained.

Turner’s attorney, Colonel Bob Moorcroft, reveals that there is evidence that Turner is involved in the murders of two soldiers in Afghanistan, but Reacher believes she is being framed. Moorcroft also reveals an old acquaintance of Reacher’s, Candice Dayton, has filed a paternity suit against him, claiming he’s the biological father of her 15-year-old daughter, Samantha Dayton. Moorcroft is later killed by an assassin known as “The Hunter”.

Reacher reaches out to Samantha, but she rebuffs him, believing he’s after her biological mother due to her past as a drug addict. Reacher is later framed for Moorcroft’s murder and detained alongside Turner. Assassins arrive to kill them, but Reacher neutralizes them, rescues Turner and they escape to Morgan’s house, having deduced he’s involved in the conspiracy, to extract information. After they leave, the Hunter kills Morgan and frames Reacher.

Reacher and Turner uncover surveillance pictures of Samantha and surmise she’s in danger, arriving at her home to find her foster parents dead and a Samantha hiding in the kitchen. Upon learning from a friend, Sergeant Leach, that he’s also been framed for Morgan’s death, Reacher decides to escort Samantha to a private school for protection, but discover that she has her mobile phone with her and the enemy probably knows exactly where they are. They discard the phone and make a quick exit, during which Samantha steals a backpack from one of the students to use the credit cards.

Reacher, Turner and Samantha travel to New Orleans in search of Daniel Prudhomme, the only eyewitness to the murders that Turner has been framed for. They find him in a derelict warehouse filled with drug addicts and learn that Prudhomme is connected to Parasource, a private military organization that is trying to cover up the murders. Reacher contacts Turner’s friend, Captain Anthony Espin, to move Prudhomme into custody, but they are ambushed by assassins and Prudhomme is killed, while Reacher rescues Espin and finds out that the assassins are Parasource contractors. Parasource’s CEO, General James Harkness, then sends his enforcer, the Hunter, to capture Samantha after she uses a credit card to order room service.

Reacher and Turner, along with Espin, acting on information provided by Prudhomme, intercept a flight of weapons due to leave the country, where they confront Harkness and his men and accuse them of corruption. Upon opening the crates, however, Espin find weapons as declared in the flight manifest. Before Turner can be re-arrested, Reacher opens up one of the weapons crates and discovers that they are filled with opium. They learn that Harkness framed Turner, who had been investigating his activities, for the murders of two soldiers who discovered that Harkness was selling weapons to insurgents and smuggling drugs into the United States. Espin and his men then arrest Harkness, clearing Reacher’s and Turner’s names.

The Hunter and his men locate and chase Samantha through the streets to lure Reacher into a confrontation. Turner kills one of the assassins, whilst Reacher takes out another one on the rooftop. The Hunter captures Samantha and threatens to kill her, but she manages to escape and steal his gun. Reacher then tackles the Hunter and they have a vicious fight that culminates with Reacher breaking the Hunter’s neck. Reacher then admits to Samantha he might be her father.

Following Harkness’ arrest, Turner is reinstated in her old position and goes back to her office, where her collegues and Captain Espin all welcome her back. Reacher promises to keep in touch before meeting Samantha at a diner to meet Candice, whom he surmises he will recognize as he remembers everyone he has slept with. Samantha reveals that the waitress that had been serving him is in fact Candice and that Reacher can’t be her father as they didn’t recognize each other. Reacher and Samantha then reluctantly part.

While preparing to leave, a phone rings in Reacher’s pocket and finds Samantha’s phone, which she had slipped on his pocket, with a final goodbye. Reacher smiles as he hitches a ride to the nearest town.

Cast

Our Thoughts

Was it good? Yes.

Did I like it? Yes.

Is it as good as the first Reacher movie? No

Will I go see a third Reacher flick? Absolutely

BUT, I still found myself a little dissapointed. The acting and characters are superb, it was just too predictable. 4.1 stars 100% as expected. No Surprises, but still entertaining. – MR

 

Find  Jack Reacher: Never Go Back and see the new trailer here.

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We Review: The Accountant “A Jason Bourne / Rainman sort of thing” – MR

The Accountant

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The Accountant
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Theatrical release poster
Directed by Gavin O’Connor
Produced by
  • Lynette Howell Taylor
  • Mark Williams
Written by Bill Dubuque
Starring
Music by Mark Isham
Cinematography Seamus McGarvey
Edited by Richard Pearson
Production
companies
  • Electric City Entertainment
  • Advanced Underwriting Concepts
  • RatPac Entertainment
  • Zero Gravity Management
Distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures
Release dates
Running time
128 minutes[1]
Country United States
Language English
Budget $44 million[2]
Box office $9.1 million[2]

The Accountant is a 2016 American actionthriller film, directed by Gavin O’Connor, written by Bill Dubuque and starring Ben Affleck, Anna Kendrick, J. K. Simmons, Jon Bernthal, Jeffrey Tambor and John Lithgow. The film follows a small town certified public accountant who makes his living cooking the booksfor dangerous criminal organizations.

The film premiered in Los Angeles on October 10, 2016, and was theatrically released in the United States on October 14, 2016 by Warner Bros. Pictures. It received mixed reviews from critics and has grossed $9 million.

Plot

Christian Wolff (Ben Affleck) is an autistic mathematics savant with more affinity for numbers than people. Using a small-town CPA office as a cover, he makes his living as a forensic accountant for dangerous criminal organizations. With a Treasury agent (J. K. Simmons) hot on his heels, Christian takes on a state-of-the-art robotics company as a legitimate client. As he gets closer to the truth about a discrepancy that involves millions of dollars, the body count starts to rise.

Cast

Our Thoughts

An entertaining Jason Bourne / Rainman sort of thing. I liked it. 4 stars and recommended. – MR

 

Find The Accountant and see the new trailer here.


Project Hardcover a Kickstarter by Mathias Publishing

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Click here to go to the Kickstarter page for the original post and see the amazing rewards available for those who “kick in.” Thanks – MR

About this project

The Royal Dragoneers, book one of The Dragoneer Saga, and The Sword and the Dragon, book one of The Wardstone Trilogy were both deemed “Top 10” indie fantasy releases of 2010 by Fantasy Book Critic, alongside Michael J. Sullivan, back when his big hit was called Wintertide. Mathias’s two series starters were also listed in the first ever Publishers Weekly Indie Select issue.

The Royal Dragoneers was nominated for the Locus Poll in 2011, and book six of The Dragoneer Saga, Blood and Royalty won the 2015 Readers Favorite Award, after being a semifinalist for The Kindle Book Award the same year.

The Wardstone Trilogy, has been in the Amazon Top 10 in the US, UK, and in its German language form in the Amazon.DE store, and has sold over 325,000 kindle copies worldwide.

Since these highly rated and well reviewed titles were released independently, they never saw brick and mortar store shelves. Nor did they ever have fancy hardcover versions made. Many fans of the two series, and M. R. Mathias’s other series, have requested hardcover versions for their bookshelves or gifts for family and friends.

We hope you are interested in helping. As a token of our intention, we have made The Royal Dragoneers, book one of The Dragoneer Saga free at all eBook stores. Google Books, Google Play, Kobo, Kindle, and the iTunes book store have all dropped the price to FREE. We want you to read what you are supporting, and we hope, like the many M. R. Mathias fans out there, that you decide you like the story enough to put a hardcover on your shelf.

Thank you,

Mathias Publishing

 

Risks and challenges

Being that the front covers of all these titles have been created, what we are doing is relatively simple, but only if you are an experienced book formatter.

Each title needs an interior format, a dust jacket, and also a full paperback format made. Each book cover format costs about $100. Each book needs two formats made. One for the new hardcover’s dust jacket, and one for the new paperback. Interior formatting is about $75 a title, and since we buy ISBN #s in blocks of ten, we are doing the 6 Dragoneer saga novels, the 3 Wardstone Trilogy novels, and The Butcher’s Boy, 2011 Readers Favorite Award winner for horror, that was published by M. R. Mathias, under the pen name Michael Robb (Mathias.)

But there are Dragoneer Saga paperbacks currently available at Amazon, you ask? Yes, there are, but if we use Amazon’s distribution system we have to charge as much as $5 more per book, when Amazon lists them at B&N, and other stores, just to make a profit. The Amazon paperbacks will stay available at Amazon, but these new paperbacks, allow us to save customers that $5 increase when they shop for our books outside of Amazon.

10 books at +/- $275.00/ea is $2,750.00 The remaining $750.00 of our budget will go toward prize shipping (Notice we are not charging you awesome Kickers shipping on ANYTHING.) What is left after shipping, if anything, will go toward paying the www.mrmathias.com; webmaster (DesignCreatives) to add the new titles and covers to the M. R. Mathias website.

We are making book one, The Royal Dragoneers, in hardcover now, out of pocket, and will soon have it to show as an example of what the other books will look like when complete. Once these formats are made and uploaded to Ingram, the books will be available in days! It is that easy. Go get a free eBook copy of The Royal Dragoneers at Smashwords, the iTunes bookstore, Kobo, or Google Books, and decide for yourself if this is a series you’d like to support.

Thanks again,
Mathias Publishing