Tom Cruise returns in his second Jack Reacher film, based on the character in Lee Child novels. The ex-military hero quickly dispatches a crooked sheriff in the opening and then hitchhikes to Washington, D.C. to deal with a paternity suit and murder charge.
While there, he also wants to meet Major Susan Turner (Cobie Smulders), for the first time. They've only had a telephone relationship in the past, and the loner is keen on seeing her in person. However, he finds out that she's been arrested for a botched mission in Afghanistan that resulted in two of her men being killed.
Reacher thinks something stinks about her arrest, and he cleverly breaks her out of jail, with a couple of bad guys and a hired killer after them. They take off for New Orleans to try to clear Turner's name, and have an unexpected third person along with them. The 14 year old girl (Danika Yarosh) that is the subject of Reacher's paternity suit has to travel with them in order for him to protect her.
This time around, the loner with little to say, has a strong, smart female to help with the fighting. They have a good action scene in a restaurant kitchen that makes use of any kitchen utensil they can get their hands on. Turner shows that she can hold her own in any fight. Also, a chase scene during a Mardi Gras parade is pretty exciting and well done.
Cruise, as usual, can handle all of the action that comes his way. The film doesn't require much acting on his part, but he has a couple of good scenes with the teen and has nice chemistry with Smulders.
When you go to see a film like Reacher, you expect action, hand-to-hand fighting and a storyline that's not too complicated - director Edward Zwick delivers on that. It looks like Reacher might be back for thirds.