still-of-tom-cruise-and-edward-zwick-in-den-siste-samurajen-(2003)As a filmmaker, I’m not sure that Ed Zwick gets the credit he truly deserves. Is he particularly flashy? No, but he’s a steady hand responsible for more memorable work than you’d realize. For someone like Zwick, it’s both a good and a bad thing that reports having him joining the Jack Reacher franchise to co-write (technically re-write) and direct the next installment. On the one hand, he and his co-writer Marshall Herskovitz had success once before with star Tom Cruise when they all did The Last Samurai. On the other hand though, this does show the waining influence of the upper mid-level filmmaker, while one wishes that Zwick could be allowed to do more of his own thing. Regardless, he does make Never Go Back (if that’s what this winds up being called, as opposed to Jack Reacher 2) a more interesting project than it initially was. I liked the first one (my review can be found here), so with a borderline A-list director attached, I’m down for Cruise kicking more ass. I maintain that Love and Other Drugs is one of Zwick’s best, so he’s still towards the top of his game. You can see a plot summary for the Lee Child book of the same name being adapted, and stay tuned for more on Never Go Back when we have it.

Here’s the plot synopsis:

Former military cop Jack Reacher makes it all the way from snowbound South Dakota to his destination in northeastern Virginia, near Washington, D.C.: the headquarters of his old unit, the 110th MP. The old stone building is the closest thing to a home he ever had.

Reacher is there to meet—in person—the new commanding officer, Major Susan Turner, so far just a warm, intriguing voice on the phone.

But it isn’t Turner behind the CO’s desk. And Reacher is hit with two pieces of shocking news, one with serious criminal consequences, and one too personal to even think about.

When threatened, you can run or fight.

Reacher fights, aiming to find Turner and clear his name, barely a step ahead of the army, and the FBI, and the D.C. Metro police, and four unidentified thugs.

Combining an intricate puzzle of a plot and an exciting chase for truth and justice, Lee Child puts Reacher through his paces—and makes him question who he is, what he’s done, and the very future of his untethered life on the open road.

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