ByAlisha Grauso, writer at
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Alisha Grauso

I think it's safe to say that former-black-ops action thrillers are having a moment. From the Taken series to Jason Bourne to John Wick 2 to Jack Reacher 2, lone wolves have been wholly embraced by audiences. The latter, officially titled Jack Reacher: Never Go Back, released its first trailer today, and it's a fun one. Check it out:

This time around, he's setting out to save his friend Major Susan Turner (the always delightful Cobie Smulders), who has been framed for espionage. Similar to what we've seen with Jason Bourne, it appears that Jack Reacher will be up against a corrupt and shadowy government organization that has gone full villain.

But Reacher is a much more hands-on sort of character who likes to do things up close and personal rather than operating from the shadows. Naturally, the trailer is stuffed full of punch-kick-shoot as Reacher plows his way through his targets to rescue Turner and get to the bottom of the conspiracy. Say what you will about Tom Cruise and his religious beliefs (like the fact he just opened a $50 million studio complex for Scientology), but the man knows his bread and butter is the action genre. He can still put butts in theater seats when the right vehicle lets his latent star power shine.

Jack Reacher: Never Go Back is set for release on October 21, 2016.


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