I don’t really know that people were clamoring for Tom Cruise to reprise his role as author Lee Child’s anti-hero Jack Reacher. The first film wasn’t bad. It wasn’t necessarily memorable either. The best thing that came out of it was a good working relationship between director Christopher McQuarrie and Cruise that translated well into Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation (McQuarrie is also scheduled to direct MI:6 next year). For Jack Reacher: Never Go back, Edward Zwick (Glory) takes the helm, which is-honestly-the only reason I’m interested in this. Zwick is one of the most underrated directors of the last 30 years, and I’m hoping that he and Cruise will deliver something that warrants a return to the character. The cast, aside from Cobie Smulders (The Avengers), is thin. The plot has Reacher returning to his unit only to be accused of a 16-year-old murder. We’ll see if JR2 can outstrip the first installment when it releases October 16, 2016.