Movie Review: Jack Reacher: Never Go Back ****

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Jack Reacher: Never Go Back is the second time we’ve seen Tom Cruise as this ex-military justice seeker. Reacher is arrested and accused of being part of a conspiracy against the U.S. government that involves weapons dealing in the Middle East. His contact with a female officer he has never met puts him in the hot seat as mysterious operations try to eliminate loose ends in an apparent arms deal. They escape and try to clear their names while an unknown teenager becomes involved in the action.

Tom Cruise and both the female leads are believable in their well-developed roles. The bad guys are sinister and well-played, too. The story is easy to follow and involves a cat-and-mouse game though Washington, DC, and New Orleans. Halloween in the Big Easy looks like it is as much fun as Mardi Gras. The chase scenes were good, the fight scenes were well choreographed. The loose ends were tied up nicely. Not as good as the first Jack Reacher movie, but still worth the price of admission. I liked it. 4 out of 5 stars.

Published in: on October 28, 2016 at 4:30 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Movie Review: Edge of Tomorrow *****

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Edge of Tomorrow is a Science Fiction war movie about aliens attacking the Earth. Tom Cruise plays Major Cage who goes to England as a journalist. His insubordination lands him in the European Army as a grunt about to attack the aliens on a D-Day suicide assault to recapture Continental Europe. Thousands of soldiers have really cool exoskeleton armor that protects them, gives them advanced strength, and allows them to carry extra weaponry and supplies. However, he has had no training in how to work the protective suit and becomes a liability to the squad. They all die. However, something happens on the battlefield that allows him to do-over each day (like in Groundhog Day). He learns a little more every day and becomes a proficient killing machine over time. He dies every day, and each day that he reboots gets a little longer, and is filled with more knowledge of a new scenario that might have different results–as long as he does everything exactly the same way as the day before. A plan is devised to find other soldiers who will believe he has already seen the results of the day and to help him get to where he believes the alien leader is located. All they have to do is get there and destroy it in one take.

I liked the story. It was well-told and easy to comprehend. Tom Cruise was great in the lead role. Emily Blunt was equally good in her supporting role. The minute changes in the daily repeats were loaded with good humor. The soldiers, their weapons and armory were very cool. The aliens were fast and brutal. There were a lot of war scenes, but not much blood, guts, or graphic violence. Just lots of shooting and exploding. I do not recall any profanity. There was even time for a love story. The ending took me by surprise. PG-13 is an accurate rating. I saw this with my wife. We both loved it. 5 out of 5 stars.

Published in: on June 7, 2014 at 2:21 pm  Leave a Comment  
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