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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
Jack Reacher Never Go Back poster.jpg

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.


Snow White and the Huntsman – Review “Stunningly Beautiful… Extremely fantastic FX.” — M.R.

Snow White and the Huntsman – Review

Blood on snow… Love it. The forest scene with the fairies blew me away. The fragmented glass effect with the evil minions was mesmerizing. The liquid white, black, and gold effects were phenomenal. The battle scenes were lacking in that I caught a place where the cloned figures were fighting in the back and there were no enemies there yet. It was absurd to run upon a castle as they did, but that aside the seven dwarves were spot on to the augmented tale. So was the wicked stepmother. The romantic aspect, with two possible “Prince-not-so-Charmings” could have actually been better, and that’s coming from a guy who would rather drop 45 pound plates on his toes than watch a chick flick.

 

4.0 stars for an very entertaining twist on an old fairy tale, but it was almost like watching Game of Thrones at times, thus 4 instead of 5 stars.


Interview of the Royal Wizard Pael (from The Sword and the Dragon)

Syria Evans 2010 Interview of the Royal Wizard Pael from The Sword and the Dragon by M. R. Mathias

Syria:  How did you first meet your writer?

Pael:  I do not remember, nor do I care. Will this take long? I have potions to render and concoctions to prepare.

Syria:  Did you ever think that your life would end up being in a book?

Pael:  Being a main character in a great epic lends a bit of immortality to my life don’t you think? What I think about it is irrelevant.

Syria:  What are your favorite scenes in your book: action, dialog, romance?

Pael:  I am the Master Wizard Pael, wench. Ask me something about my plans to take Queen Willa’s palace at Xwarda, or how I will level Wildermont, or I will liquefy your skeleton while it is still inside you!

Syria:  Did you have a hard time convincing your author to write any particular scenes for you?

Pael:  Who is this author you keep speaking of? I was alive long before he jotted down tales about me!

Syria:  Do you infiltrate your writer’s dreams?

Pael:  Bah! Me, wench! This interview is about me!

Syria:  What do you like to do when you are not being actively read somewhere?

Pael:  I do not like to be bothered with this sort of trivial matter I assure you.

Syria:  Are you currently engaged in a relationship?

Pael: If you consider my bond with Inkling, my imp familiar, then I suppose I am attached.

Syria:  Are you happy with the genre your writer has placed you in?

Pael: I am a wizard. I can be anywhere I want to be! I suppose I could be in another genre like that fool Dresden, but fantasy is where I belong.

Syria:  If you could rewrite anything in your book, what would it be?

Pael: The climax, I assure you!

Syria:  Do you like the way the book ended?

Pael: Bah! You are testing my patience. Shall I set Shaella on you?

Syria:  Would you be interested in a sequel if your writer was so inclined?

Pael:  It has already been written.

Syria:   Do you believe that you are suitable portrayed in electronic books or would you rather be in paperback only?

Pael:  I would rather you asked a question worthy of my time!

Syria:   Did you have any input into the book cover design?

Pael: I should have. That blasted dragon stole the glory from me.

Syria:   What is the lamest characteristic your writer has attributed to you?

Pael:   My cackling laugh! I feel like an old witch when I laugh. It is tiresome!

Syria:  If you could give yourself a superpower, what would you choose?

Pael:  I have no need of a superpower as my power became superior when I opened Pavreal’s Seal and assumed the demon Shokin! Now leave me to my sorcery wench. My daughter is about to collar a dragon and I have a continent to destroy!

Sample Book One: mrmathias.com