This is a genre that already carries low expectations, but the film consistently disappoints in this aspect of its production.
It is perfectly content with replicating the original beat for beat, offering little variation along the way.
The whole story is built on hiding things from Max that really shouldn’t be hidden.
The movie is basically just contriving the two together, without really allowing them to take the kind of risky steps that make a romantic story compelling.
There just isn't much tension in Reacher facing wave after wave of thugs that have no chance of ever really hurting him.
The elements of the modern mainstream comedic film are all there: the put upon lead, the unlikely bromance, the emasculating women, and a general talkiness.
The film just decides to break their cover after a point, and soon enough this small group of soldiers is mowing down dozens of North Koreans.
It seems to make its characters cry in lieu of telling their stories, or letting them hash out the complexity of what they're feeling.
The production tries everything it can to make the movie seem propulsive, even when the story refuses all forward movement.
The film is moderately entertaining taken purely as a low-stakes thriller, but the story just doesn't hold up.