Review: Jack Reacher: Never Go Back by Farheen Jawaid

The post is the unedited copy of the review published in Mag the Weekly on the 12th of November 2016. Copy of the published version is at the end of the post.

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Jack (Or Tom): Run Man Run, Just Not Alone This Time

By Farheen Jawaid

Stars - Mag 3.5Jack Reacher (2012), the prequel to Jack Reacher: Never Go Back, was one of those movies that was okay in most parts, rose to something better by the time the end credits rolled, and when it came on TV elevated to a solid four-star entertainer.

Why you ask? Jack Reacher has an old done-right Hollywood action-thriller feel to it. It is a creeping feeling that warms up with time. Its story was generic, but the actors and the execution made it intricate, maybe even sophisticated. Like an onion with its layers – even if there is nothing new at the core, it’s a delight to see something with depth (the film, not the onion).

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Animadversion: Mission: Impossible–Ghost Protocol–Reviewed by Kamran Jawaid and Farheen Jawaid

This post is the unedited version of the review published in our column “Animadversion”, iMAGES on Sunday (Dawn Newspaper), on Sunday January 1st 2012. The link to paper-published edit is at the end of this post.

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Your Mission, For the Fourth-time…Should You Choose to Accept?

By Mohammad Kamran Jawaid

Believe you me: the Burj Al-Khaleefa scene will knock your socks off! I am not exaggerating, I am telling.

It goes down like this: Ethan Hunt – Tom Cruise, believable, sincere and aptly wearing beaten down look – has to disable the security system at the Burj, and to do this he has to scale the world’s tallest building. From the outside. With a set of malfunctioning adhesive gloves. And so, the vertigo inducing high-concept sequence, perhaps the key element of Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol’s marketing campaign, becomes a dizzying pulse-throbbing adventure by itself.

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Animadversion: Knight & Day – Review by Kamran Jawaid & Farheen Jawaid

The following is the unedited version of the review published on the 4th of July, 2010 in iMAGES.

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One Crazy, Grinning, Assassin, the Girl Friend and the Bomb

By Mohammad Kamran Jawaid

"Knight & Day" starts with one of the most confounded scenes of logicality a screenwriter can muster. It starts out like this: Tom Cruise, at his awkward, fake grinning best is Roy Miller, a government spy/assassin/rouge agent (take your pick) who meets cute with June Havens – Cameron Diaz, flashing her best cute-grin with an independent single lay-girl attitude – at the Wichita Airport. Cruise picks up a Knight toy – a Macguffin we’ll see later in the movie, bumps into Diaz twice (once openly deliberate, the other, maybe naturally), exchanges a glance and three sentences that only leads of a romantic-comedy movies do, and then by some twisted government tactic (their bump is seen through an airport surveillance camera), they end up on a lonesome passenger flight to Boston.

Until now, everything is good. We notice Roy checking out the passengers – are they covert agents we wonder? (Of course they are, we’ve seen the trailer), regardless, we see him flirting, very Jerry Maguire-like, with June; of course there are sparks. Then, as she goes into the boxed-in airplane washroom to "compose" herself, the five or so passengers pounce on Roy. One by one. He takes them out, including the airhostess, the pilot and the co-pilot and then props them back on their seats. He then expertly crash lands the plane in an open field, drugs June, and as she struggles with consciousness, tells her to look out for government guys using the words "safe", "secure" and "contain" (I don’t need to tell you that these agents do indeed come, weaving these three words in a single utter-able sentence).

And thus begins "Knight & Day", a globe-trotting escapade with little plot and a whole lot of running, gun-playing, freeway car crashing (CGI), helicopter chasing (I wonder how easy it is to rig helicopters in Maya, the software profoundly used in animation) and bull stampeding (the bulls, by the way, are computer-fake too). Continue reading “Animadversion: Knight & Day – Review by Kamran Jawaid & Farheen Jawaid”