JACK REACHER: NEVER GO BACK REVIEWED
“Jack Reacher: Never Go Back” is a sequel that proves the talent behind the camera matters as much as what’s before it. The first “Jack Reacher” was a stunning success that managed to turn JAG material into a compelling murder mystery. For awhile, it looked like the start of a new franchise for Cruise. A few years pass and Paramount gets the itch to stage a sequel. The director and writers change, but people come to see Cruise…right?
Oh, how wrong they were. Cobie Smulders goes from stealing away a widower’s affections to being the target of a military conspiracy. When Jack Reacher shows up to clear her name, we don’t move into high action. What follows is a long journey through sulking and searching that would make late era Pakula beg for that car wreck. I know that’s morbid, but it’s where my mind goes when a movie isn’t entertaining.
The film picks up towards the end and it creates an action piece that is reference quality in 4K. I’m still getting used to watching things in 4K, but the flames pop really well on this disc. You don’t get the field of depth that I’ve come to expect, but sudden color change really pops with that smooth HDR. Who would’ve thought that Jack Reacher Part Deux would be so colorful? The Dolby Atmos track caught be my surprise. I get that it’s 3D audio, but can we find a way to keep the lower channel punches from smashing me in the kidneys?
- 2.35:1 2160p transfer
- Dolby Atmos