/Filmcast Ep. 389 – Jack Reacher: Never Go Back

Jack Reacher Never Go Back - Tom Cruise and Cobie Smulders

DavidDevindra and Jeff discuss Neill Blomkamp’s newest short film, and discuss the ethics of buying more reserved seats at the movie theater than you’re going to use.

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Jack Reacher: Never Go Back Ed Zwick interview

Throughout his career, Tom Cruise has developed strong relationships with some notable filmmakers. From Steven Speilberg, Christopher McQuarrie, Cameron Crowe, to Doug Liman, it’s clear when Cruise connects with a director, he’s going to seek future opportunities and more stories to tell with those people. Another director on that list is Ed Zwick, whom Cruise worked with on The Last Samurai and most recently, Jack Reacher: Never Go Back.

Like the Mission: Impossible franchise, Jack Reacher is maybe now another series where a director can come in and bring their personal touch to the character. Christopher McQuarrie’s Jack Reacher is lean, efficient and runs like clockwork. In McQuarrie’s film, Jack Reacher is already Jack Reacher. He knows who is he is. Reacher asks few questions, and McQuarrie asks even fewer questions about him. In Ed Zwick’s hands, that’s not the Reacher we watch. His portrayal of author Lee Child‘s character is more vulnerable and conflicted.

For a variety of reasons, the sequel is different from its predecessor. We discussed some of these differences with Zwick, in addition to adapting Child’s novel, director Syndey Pollack, Tom Cruise’s deep love for storytelling, and more.

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Jack Reacher Never Go Back Reviews - Tom Cruise

This weekend brings Tom Cruise back to the big screen in action star mode again with Jack Reacher: Never Go Back hitting theaters. While the first Jack Reacher movie was a surprise throwback of an action movie with an old school tough guy hero in the lead, it sounds like the follow-up has lost some of the magic that made audiences like the cocky, no nonsense character so much the first time around.

In the first Jack Reacher Never Go Back reviews hitting the web today, it appears most of the blame is being put on director Edward Zwick (The Last Samurai), who doesn’t seem to understand what made the title character special. In addition, the sequel suffers from having a forgettable villain. But at the very least, Tom Cruise is still outstanding, and the action sounds like it’s on solid ground as well.

Read a round-up of Jack Reacher Never Go Back reviews below.

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Jack Reacher Never Go Back Trailer

Tom Cruise is back in action this fall with Jack Reacher: Never Go Back. The star of the Mission: Impossible franchise launched another action movie series in 2012 with the first movie based on Lee Child’s recurring character who has been at the center of over 100 million books sold worldwide. It was a simple action flick with a lead character who feels like a throwback to movies from the late ’80s and early ’90s. That didn’t sit well with some audiences, but it worked for me, so I’m happy to see Cruise cracking skulls and kicking ass in the new IMAX trailer teasing the sequel’s release. Read More »

blade runner 2 release date

In this edition of Sequel Bits:

  • Director Denis Villeneuve talks about making Blade Runner 2 his own.
  • Colin Firth teases his return in Kingsman: The Golden Circle.
  • A Jurassic World exhibition is coming to the United States.
  • How you can watch Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them under the best possible circumstances.
  • Watch a new TV spot for Jack Reacher: Never Go Back.
  • The new Power Rangers won’t feature any members of the original cast.
  • The story of how Tron Legacy recruited Daft Punk.
  • No, Ghostbusters‘ title has not changed.

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2016 fall movie preview

This 2016 fall movie preview was written by Jacob Hall and Jack Giroux.

The summer is over and the days are getting shorter and the weather is getting milder and (fingers crossed) the movies are going to start getting better. The next four months offer an embarrassment of cinematic riches, with new films from Martin Scorsese, Damien Chazelle, Tim Burton, Gareth Edwards, Paul Verhoeven, Mel Gibson, Robert Zemeckis, Park Chan-Wook, Terrence Malick, J.A. Bayona, Jeff Nichols, Ang Lee, Denis Villeneuve, Kenneth Lonergan, and other filmmakers of note waiting in the wings.

We’ve narrowed down the list of must-see movies to 32 titles and have ranked them from “We really want to see this!” to “We will push you out of the way at a sprint to see this!”

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Blair Witch Producer Talks Sequels

In this edition of Sequel Bits:

  • The director of The Blair Witch Project praises Blair Witch.
  • John Boyega teases Pacific Rim 2.
  • Stephen Lang promises that the Avatar sequels are still coming.
  • Duncan Jones would still be down for a Warcraft 2.
  • Zombieland 2 is being written. Again.
  • Mary Poppins Returns star Emily Blunt has earned an important seal of approval.
  • Jack Reacher: Never Go Back reveals a new poster.
  • Michael Bay shows off a big stunt on Transformers: The Last Knight.
  • Super Troopers 2 will wrap filming in September.

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jack reacher never go back poster

A widely released action movie starring Tom Cruise shouldn’t need people rushing to its defense, but I’ve spent the past four years sticking up for Jack Reacher. Christopher McQuarrie’s cinematic take on Lee Child‘s long-running series of novels about a homeless military police veteran who wanders the country solving problems with both his keen wits and his fists is nothing short of fantastic, an old-school, small-scale thriller that feels like it was made for, well, adults. The action is rough and intimate. The central mystery thoroughly engaging. The characters are rich and often very funny. It even features a brilliantly staged, low-key car chase that puts the bombast of most modern blockbusters to shame. Jack Reacher is the real deal.

As we approach the October release date of the sequel, Jack Reacher: Never Go Back, I find myself equally excited and trepidatious in equal measure. Cruise is back, but McQuarrie is not, with Edward Zwick now sitting in the director’s chair. Zwick has made good movies and bad movies, but he’s a solid journeyman when paired with the right material. Is a Jack Reacher sequel the right material? Can a new poster and extended TV spot answer that question?

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Jack Reacher: Never Go Back trailer

Last week we got our first look at Jack Reacher: Never Go Back thanks to Entertainment Tonight. Unfortunately, the video was periodically interrupted by star Cobie Smulders as a talking head. (Don’t blame her, it’s the Entertainment Tonight way.) This week we’ve got the first real, full Jack Reacher: Never Go Back trailer, now with more context, more action, and fewer pointless interjections.

Tom Cruise returns as the stoic vigilante hero, who visits Virginia to meet with the head of his former unit (Smulders) and learns she’s been charged with espionage. Then he discovers he’s a wanted man, too. Oh, and that he might have a daughter he never knew about. Lots of drama for our guy this time around.

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Jack Reacher Never Go Back trailer

Tom Cruise is back in action this fall with Jack Reacher: Never Go Back, the Edward Zwick-directed sequel to Chris McQuarrie’s 2012 film. And our hero hasn’t lost a step. In the first promo from the film, the former military police officer once again finds himself in a sticky situation, and once again kicks, punches, and puzzles his way out of it. Watch the first Jack Reacher: Never Go Back trailer below.  Read More »