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Entertainment Tonight unveiled the first footage in a brief interview with star Cobie Smulders.

Pardon the obnoxious “celebrity news” noise surrounding the trailer and focus on what’s important: new footage from the sequel to Jack Reacher, Jack Reacher: Never Go Back. Sure, the title’s silly, but you tell that to Jack Reacher.

Awesome New Action

Based on what we see here, the film seems to have plenty of the same bone-crunching action we saw in the last movie, and that’s reason enough to get excited. Of course, there’s more: The Last Great Movie Star, Tom Cruise, is joined by Cobie Smulders.

Sure, she became famous because of How I Met Your Mother, but Smulders’ Maria Hill is the highlight of any scene she’s in throughout the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Seeing her here, giving some serious Demi-Moore-in-both-A-Few-Good-Men-and-GI-Jane vibes, just sends all excitement for this movie through the roof.

'Jack Reacher 2'.
'Jack Reacher 2'.

Jack Reacher suffered from some tonal confusion, and maybe a plot too convoluted for an excuse to see Tom Cruise punch people, but it was still tightly directed, a joy to watch, and wholly satisfying. This time around the overall plot seems similar to the last: Reacher wants to be left alone, but someone is wrongly accused, and if there’s one thing Reacher can’t stand, it’s a miscarriage of justice.

I mean, he begins the clip mouthing off to two seemingly-corrupt sheriffs. This time Cobie Smulders’ Major Susan Turner is accused of espionage, and she and Cruise’s Reacher are going to lead with their fists as they get to the bottom of what is surely a case of corruption. Last time around, by the time the plot was being resolved I didn’t really care as I was riding high from the glee of seeing Tom Cruise bust heads, so if this film delivers on more of that, I’ll be satisfied.

Rosamund Pike and Tom Cruise.
Rosamund Pike and Tom Cruise.

Rosamund Pike acquitted herself well in Jack Reacher, given how little she had to do, so with Cobie Smulders sharing the spotlight, odds are good Jack Reacher: Never Go Back will be better this time around.

Directed by Ed Zwick and based on the eighteenth book in Lee Child’s Jack Reacher series, Jack Reacher: Never Go Back opens in theaters not soon enough.

(October 21st.)

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