The only tools you need are your fists in this first footage from JACK REACHER: NEVER GO BACK

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Well colour me surprised. It was only last week that the first two images from Jack Reacher: Never Go Back were released after months of radio silence, and now Entertainment Tonight have (via their Youtube channel) released the first footage from the movie with co-star Cobie Smulders – who plays Major Susan Turner in the movie – providing some context to what we’re seeing.

Because we still don’t have an official plot synopsis I’ll just copy what I said last week about what we can expect:

The sequel, based off the 18th novel featuring the character ‘Never Go Back’ by author Lee Child, will presumably – given that we don’t actually have an official plot synopsis yet – see Reacher returning to his former military base to visit an old friend, Susan Turner.

Upon arrival he finds not only has she been arrested, but he’s also the prime suspect in a 16 year-old murder. And then he punches his way to innocence because – let’s be honest – while the novels might be fun, they’re not exactly complex.

You can also skip the first 25 seconds of of the video if you like, it’s just a random talking head.

Honestly? I’m not that impressed by what I’ve just seen. I really enjoyed the first Jack Reacher movie, and one of the things I really liked about it was the understated way that Tom Cruise played the character. When you have someone who’s hyper-competent like Reacher, it’s very easy to make him annoyingly smug and cocky… and judging by the dialogue from the footage it seems like they’ve taken that easy route in the sequel.

Hopefully this is just a poor first reveal and not the realisation of many peoples’ fears when they heard Edward Zwick was taking over the directing duties from Christopher McQuarrie, who did an excellent job on the first movie; and I expect we’ll get a better look at the movie when the first official trailer is released. I’d also like to point out that when I said “he punches his way to innocence”, it wasn’t meant to be prophetic.

What do you think?

Jack Reacher: Never Go Back is due for release in the US on 21 October. Directed by Edward Zwick, it stars Tom Cruise, Cobie Smulders, Robert Knepper and Aldis Hodge.

Last Updated: June 15, 2016

Trevor Davies

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