The film envisions Denzel Washington’s Robert McCall as a hero in absolute concord with the world of his own fiction.
With Never Go Back, the Jack Reacher franchise is beginning to suggest NCIS remade on the big screen.
The film never surrenders to the abandon of its action, and as such never feels like it shifts out of first gear.
All this should build up to a moderately engaging battle of wits, but the script has little interest in wit and no capacity for psychology.
For all the brawn on display, the film never slows down to take in the thrill and talent of hand-to-hand combat.