This time around we follow Jack Reacher as he, and another Major (Cobie Smoulders) are falsely accused of crimes and they are on a race to not only clear their names, but survive. That actually makes the movie sound much more intense and interesting then it was. It felt very slow, there was a lot of time without action, and that can be fine if we are learning more about characters and the story, but that really wasn’t the case. It was just slow.
It was also a very cookie cutter action movie. There was nothing new or interesting and because the movie gave you such little information, you knew everything that you did see was a set up for later. This made it hard to follow and yet predictable all at the same time. There is a scene where Smulders character is teaching the young girl a gun defense move, and your watching it going well I know how the final action scene is going to play out now. The villain was basically interchangeable from the first movie too. They even sort of looked the same.
The action scenes were fine, Tom Cruise can always do a good action scene, yet they weren’t as good as the first movie. If your going to make a sequel to a movie that didn’t really need one, it better do things better, and this one just didn’t. A little too many cuts and shaky cam as well during the hand to hand combat scenes.
Lets leave off on the one good thing from the movie. Colby Smulders portrayal of Major Turner. She was hard, intelligent, and a bad ass.
To sum up, this movie was not awful, it just wasn’t great. If it comes on TV on a Sunday afternoon, sure, put it on in the background and it will probably be enjoyable, but don’t waste your money to go see it in theatres. Go see The Accountant instead.