Jack Reacher: Never Go Back

Featured In Issue 214, Feburary 2017

WSR Score5
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In Jack Reacher: Never Go Back, Jack Reacher (Cruise) returns to enforce his bold brand of justice. When Army Major Susan Turner (Smulders) is framed for treason, Reacher discovers she's the target of a massive government conspiracy. With help from Turner and a mysterious new ally, Reacher risks everything to take down a powerful organization that will stop at nothing to protect its secrets. Based on the book Never Go Back by Lee Child. Also available in 4K UltraHD. (Gary Reber)

Special features include six featurettes: Reacher Returns (HD 11:31), An Unexpected Family (HD 14:31), Relentless: On Location In Louisiana (HD 25:46), Take Your Revenge First: Lethal Combat (HD 12:42), No Quarter Given: Rooftop Battle (HD 08:31) and Reacher In Focus: With Tom Cruise And Photographer David James (HD 08:33); and an UltraViolet digital copy.

The 2.39:1 1080p AVC picture was photographed in the Super 35 format with the Panavision Panaflex Millennium XL2 camera on Kodak Vision3 film stock. The imagery exhibits a very warm and rich color palette with a dense overall appearance, but virtually no objectionable film grain, Brief flashback segments are significantly denatured for effect. Otherwise, hues are natural, with the traditional filmic character. Fleshtones are warm and generally boosted in intensity. Contrast is well balanced with deep black levels and revealing shadow delineation. Lighting effects provide realistic settings, which enhance the sense of production design realism. Much of the film is set in darker settings, and for optimal viewing a darkened viewing environment is a must. Resolution is excellent, with fine detail exhibited throughout. Especially during close-ups, finer details are evident. This is a terrific cinematic visual experience that is pleasing to experience. (Gary Reber)

The Dolby Atmos/Dolby TrueHD 7.1-channel soundtrack is variably dynamic and nuanced in the quieter scenes. Atmospherics are quite convincingly realistic and spread wide. Sound effects are dynamic sounding, with gunfire and machine gun fire, explosions, and car screeches that ignite the soundfield with aggressive directionalized surround localization. Deep bass at times extends to sub-25 Hz in the .1 LFE and sounds naturally robust throughout, The added two surround channels nicely widen the soundfield. Height effects are limited pretty much to the orchestral score. The score is quite dynamic and nicely recorded, with a wide and deep soundstage that aggressively extends to the surrounds. The music effectively enhances the pace and emotional segments. Dialogue is consistently intelligible with good spatial integration. This is a terrific soundtrack that delivers an effective holosonic® engagement. (Gary Reber)