Jack Reacher: Never Go Back

A truly impossible mission

Tom Cruise, at 5’ 7” and 160 lbs., continues the laughable self-delusion that he can bring off the 6’3”, 230 lb. lethally righteous, nomadic ex-Army hero of Lee Child’s popular male-escape-fantasy page-turners. And what’s Edward Zwick (Glory, Legends of the Fall, Blood Diamond) doing making this anonymous, low-rent, adrenalin-free swill? Tritely written, visually bland, and emotionally vacuous, this is disposable studio product for undiscerning mainstream action fans. All others are hoping Cruise will take the implied advice in the title regarding this misguided franchise. (118 min)