A retired major in the U.S. Army Military Police Corps, Jack Reacher (Cruise) roams around as a sort of vagrant vigilante. He’s off the grid until he smells trouble and pops up like a jack-in-the-box to investigate and slam some heads around. Reacher is tasked with clearing the name of Major Susan Turner (Smulders), accused of espionage, and then his own, once he’s pulled into a conspiracy plot. Cruise isn’t slowing down. Now in his mid-fifties, he’s shouldering two franchises – the long-running Mission: Impossible
series and now these Jack Reacher movies. The mile-wide smiles come less easily, replaced by the gritted teeth of someone battling a migraine. The movie is boilerplate action-thriller, filmed with an anonymous style and scripted so that characters talk in catchphrases. It clears the bar of competency, but that's all. It’s a B movie that would have been better served dropping a couple more grades with the addition of sex and swagger. Read a full review of Jack Reacher: Never Go Back.