Tom Cruise, in his second venture as the former Army
officer-turned-freelance-detective invented by British novelist Lee Child, is
as durable as a cast-iron stove. A somewhat mysterious knight-errant, Reacher
is a strong moralist according to his own lights, and descends into others'
predicaments like a deus ex machina. This go-round, he comes to the rescue of a
military-intelligence operative (Cobie Smulders) who's been framed for an
espionage charge involving murders in Afghanistan. He also learns that he may
have a teenage daughter (Danika Yarosh) from a previous fling. The difference
between this film and the 2012 original, in which Cruise sulked through
Pittsburgh, is that director Edward Zwick, who co-wrote the screenplay with
Richard Wenk and Marshall Herskovitz, provides occasional moments of pleasantly
acidic domestic bickering. That helps break up the narrow escapes, shootings
and slugfests — as well as the long sequences during which cast members simply
break into a sprint.
Watch out for: Stylized violence,
including gunplay, fleeting crude and crass language.
Rated: A-III, adults; MPAA: