This is actually a trailer I've been looking forward to for some time. 2012's Jack Reacher was a solid action film/detective drama that faced trouble based on both a tragic shooting that occurred around the time of its release and the casting of Tom Cruise, who is not the ideal given how the character is described in the Lee Child novels. The first film wasn't perfect, but it did a lot of things really well and I can hope that works even better in this sequel, Jack Reacher: Never Go Back.
Director Edward Zwick steps in, replacing Chris McQuarrie (who is still best friends with Cruise and currently working with him on the next Mission: Impossible film) and looks to still be bringing a good amount of life to basic action movie premise presented. Cruise and Zwick previously worked together on The Last Samurai, so this is a bit more simple this time around.
The trailer certainly promises more of the attitude found in Reacher's stoic, lone wolf nature. If some are not familiar with the character than this trailer may not do the best job of selling what makes Reacher interesting in how he handles things. For the most part, it just seems like Cruise has an excuse to beat menacing-looking people up, but there is an attitude to enjoy and a sense of humor that balances well with tension.
Ideally the supporting cast is game as well. The first film featured Werner Herzog (of all people) as the main villain and Jai Courtney in one of his few solid American movie performances, not to mention Rosamund Pike, Richard Jenkins, David Oyelowo and Robert Duvall. Never Go Back has Cobie Smulders, Holt McCallany, Aldis Hodge and Patrick Heusinger among others, so not as much casting flare here. Still, I have confidence in the potential of a new Jack Reacher movie.
Jack Reacher: Never Go Back arrives in theaters October 21.