Back when the first Jack Reacher movie was first announced, I was in the crowd of skeptics who thought that casting Tom Cruise as the 6 ft. 5 in. former Major in the United States Army Military Police Corps from author Lee Child‘s books was a misstep. Then I saw the film. Cruise’s energy and sheer force of will brought the character to life in a way that only movie magic could make believable. You have only to look at the scene of the street fight in which Cruise’s Reacher takes on multiple opponents with ease to say: That’s Jack Reacher.
But like many film franchises that came before it, Jack Reacher is in danger of contracting sequelitis with Jack Reacher: Never Go Back. A new trailer, one specifically cut for the film’s upcoming IMAX release, skips past the grounded and tough-but-vulnerable crafting of the character the first film established and turns Cruise’s portrayal into a machine-like, unstoppable force. Perhaps it’s just the marketing-material nature of the trailer that seeks to showcase the most badass moments from the film, but part of what made Jack Reacher so enjoyable was the feeling that he could die at any moment, but probably wouldn’t. I don’t get the same feeling from this new trailer, but Cruise remains a badass just the same.
Also starring Cobie Smulders, Aldis Hodge, Holt McCallany, and Robert Knepper, Jack Reacher: Never Go Back opens October 21st.
Watch the new IMAX trailer for Jack Reacher: Never Go Back below: