The Ultimate Jack Reacher: Never Go Back Quiz

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Jack Reacher is a rugged, ex-military type who tries to right the world's wrongs. In doing so, he becomes a target of evil men everywhere. How much do you know about "Jack Reacher: Never Go Back"?

"Jack Reacher: Never Go Back" is a big-budget action film starring which person?

Tom Cruise revisits his role as Jack Reacher -- he was in the first Jack Reacher film, which was released in 2012.

Tom Cruise is the star of the film. He also had what role?

Cruise never directs his movies, but he often takes on production roles. He shared producer credit with Don Granger and Christoper McQuarrie.

Jack used to be a military investigator. Now what does he do?

He's really just a vigilante, and he breaks up a human trafficking operation at the beginning of the story. Then he immediately learns that his government contact -- Major Susan Turner -- has been arrested and accused of spying.

Who plays the role of Major Susan Turner?

Cobie Smulders plays Susan Turner, Jack's government contact who winds up in handcuffs. Jack is certain that Susan has been framed, but he's not sure why.

Susan is accused of spying that resulted in what?

Turner is accused of espionage … an act that resulted in the murder of two U.S. soldiers serving in the Middle East. She insists that she's innocent.

Jack's attorney informs him of Susan's arrest. He has more bad news for Jack, too. What does he tell him?

Jack's attorney tells him that he's facing a paternity suit. But the child in question won't even speak with Jack -- she believes she's the product of her mother's acts of prostitution and she wants nothing to do with Jack.

Like Susan, Jack is immediately framed. He's accused of what crime?

Jack is accused of murdering his own attorney and is thrown into the same jail where Susan is being held. When an assassin tries to kill Susan, Jack stops him and then the two escape, becoming fugitives from the law.

What's the name of the man who kills Jack's attorney?

Known only as The Hunter, he assaults Jack's lawyer and then kills him. But it is Jack who is framed for the murder.

This is a big, loud movie with a huge celebrity at the helm. How much did it cost to create?

The budget weighed in at about $60 million. It more than made back that investment, hauling in roughly $160 million at the box office.

Who played the role of The Hunter?

Patrick Heusinger played the role of the violent Hunter. Heusinger has appeared in other big films such as "Black Swan" and "The Nanny Diaries."

Jack runs into an ominous group named Parasource. What is Parasource?

Parasource is a private military contractor that's trying to cover up the murder of the soldiers in Afghanistan. The company is out to make Jack and Susan scapegoats for the killings.

Parasource tries to kill Jack's daughter, Samantha.

The company knows that Jack is Samantha's father. They send assassins to kill her foster parents and then kidnap her for leverage against Jack.

This movie is based on a novel.

There are nearly 20 books in the "Jack Reacher" action book series. They are written by Lee Child, who was born and raised in England.

The movie features all sorts of fast-paced action scenes. Where was most of it filmed?

Many of the scenes were shot in and around New Orleans. It was also shot in Washington, D.C. and Los Angeles.

In the books, Jack Reacher is about 6 feet 5 inches tall. How tall is Tom Cruise?

The fictional Reacher is a behemoth who is about 6 feet 5 inches tall. Cruise, on the other hand, is only 5 feet 7 inches tall.

The film made very good money at the box office. How did it fare with critics?

Reviews of the movie were very mixed. Some hated it, some thought it was an acceptable entry for the series. The film did a bit better with the general public.

Tom Cruise had already worked with director Edward Zwick. They teamed up for what movie?

Cruise and Zwick had worked together before, on "The Last Samurai." That movie was also a huge hit and it nabbed four Oscar nominations.

The film studio originally indicated that it wouldn't make another "Reacher" film unless this one grossed how much?

Paramount wanted the film to make at least $250 million in order to justify the expense of another "Reacher" movie. This movie made about $160 million, far short of that goal.

What role did Henry Jackman have in the making of the film?

Jackman wrote the up-tempo music for the movie. He's famous for making music for big comic book films such as "Captain America: The Winter Soldier" and "X-Men: First Class."

Cobie Smulders did all of her own stunts in this movie.

Smulders didn't need stunt double -- she did all of her own action shots. Perhaps her many Marvel comic book movie roles made her comfortable in taking on her own stunt work.

Susan and Jack confront the CEO of Parasource. They accuse him of what?

They accuse the CEO of Parasource of selling arms to insurgents, and they confront him at a warehouse, expecting the weapons crates to be empty. The CEO is immediately arrested.

The CEO of Parasource is a bad, bad man. What's actually in the crates of weapons?

Susan and Jack accuse the CEO of Parasource of corruption and then open the crates of weapons. But the weapons are actually filled with illegal opium. He's immediately arrested.

The Hunter catches up to Jack's daughter. How does the Hunter find her?

Samantha uses a credit card at her hotel … and The Hunter immediately traces it to her location. He calls Jack and tells him that he's going after his daughter in an effort to bait Jack into a wild pursuit.

The Hunter seizes Samantha and threatens to kill her unless Jack puts down his gun. How is Samantha rescued?

In a moment of distraction, Samantha grabs The Hunter's gun, giving Jack an opportunity to attack. A horrific fight ensues.

Jack and The Hunter have a violent encounter. How does Jack ultimately kill The Hunter?

Jack seemingly breaks every bone in The Hunter's body. Then he chucks the wounded assassin off of a rooftop. His hunting days are over.

The film made many millions of dollars. How many Academy Award nominations did it receive?

Its massive budget and average execution didn’t earn the film any Oscar nominations. But the creators made heaps of money.

This is the second "Jack Reacher" film, and it was released in 2016. When did the first film arrive in theaters?

The first "Jack Reacher" film hit theaters in 2012. Four years passed before the sequel arrived.

The movie was based on a book by Lee Child. How was the book received by critics?

The book actually received positive reviews. Of the many "Reacher" books, it's probably one of the best.

Susan was arrested at the beginning of the movie. What happens to her at the end of the story?

Susan was devastated by her arrest. At the end of the movie, she's vindicated and gets her old military job back.

Where does Jack go at the end of the movie?

Ever the loner, Jack hitches a ride and heads off into the figurative sunset. No one knows yet if there will be a third "Reacher" film to expand on our hero's adventures.

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