Jack Reacher: ‘Never Go Back’ a successful sequel

By Ariel Romo

The second film of the Jack Reacher series, “Jack Reacher: Never Go Back,” has been met with mixed reviews, as follows with the release of many sequels.

Based on a series of books written by author Lee Child, the film “Never Go Back” is based on the 18th book in the series and is a sequel to the movie “Jack Reacher,” based on the author’s ninth book in the series, “One Shot.”

The film was produced by Tom Cruise, Don Granger and Christopher McQuarrie and directed by Edward Zwick.

Not only is Tom Cruise the producer of the film, but he also stars in the film as the main character, Jack Reacher. Alongside co-star Cobie Smulders, who stars as Susan Turner, Reacher embarks on an action-crazed adventure and does not disappoint. Beside their obvious talent as actors, their chemistry is undeniable and adds a lot of character to the film.

The movie opens with Turner working in D.C. as an army major and Reacher living as a drifter and former army major. Through daily phone calls, Reacher and Turner take a liking to one another, even though the two have never met.

Their interest in one another grows and Reacher decides to travel to D.C. to take Turner on a date. However, instead of meeting with Turner, Reacher arrives at her office and is met with bad news from an army colonel.

Knowing that Turner is in trouble but innocent of the accusations directed at her, Reacher involves himself to find answers. However, things take a turn when Reacher is accused of murder.

Soon after, Reacher realizes that outsiders have the intention to murder Turner. Reacher decides to break Turner out of prison to protect her, resulting in the two going on the run from the army officers and outside sources trying to murder them.

To make matters worse, a young teenage girl named Samantha, played by actress Danika Yarosh, becomes accidentally entangled in their situation.

Throughout all the chaos, Reacher is told Samantha is his daughter. Confused and sure that it is a mistake, he decides to visit her anyway. Unfortunately, he is not alone, and the hitman tracks and spies on his interaction with Samantha.

The hitman realizes that Samantha is connected to Reacher somehow and goes after her as well, making all three of them targets.

Feeling responsible for her life, Reacher and Turner take it upon themselves to keep her safe. The three flee to New Orleans where the rest of the story takes place. Trying to find evidence for Turner, the two contact witnesses and important connections to prove her innocence.

Throughout the film are themes of justice, sacrifice, friendship and loyalty. Although Reacher has never previously met Turner and has only gotten to know her over the phone, he goes to great lengths to help her prove her innocence while risking his own freedom.

Knowing that Samantha might be his daughter, Reacher takes a stance to protect her and be there for her. He displays loyalty to Samantha, but he also is loyal to Turner by standing with her throughout the entire situation.

Although things take a wrong turn and Reacher gets Samantha mixed up in his troubles,

Reacher protects Samantha and through it all a strong friendship is formed.

“Jack Reacher: Never Go Back” is an exciting film. With an intriguing storyline, talented actors and more, the movie does not disappoint. Fans of the first Jack Reacher wondered whether or not they would be getting a sequel back in 2012, and now that they have it- and an amazing one at that.

While the films are being selected for the screen from an 18-book series, will fans of the films be able to expect future installments? Fingers crossed!

“Jack Reacher: Never Go Back” is rated PG-13 for sequences of violence and action, some bloody images, language and thematic elements.

“Jack Reacher: Never Go Back” is in theaters now.

Courtesy of Paramount Pictures

‘Jack Reacher: Never Go Back’ movie poster

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