Film Review: Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit

Down in the bargain section at the grand sum of just three pounds was this offering based on Tom Clancy’s analyst hero Jack Ryan.
Chris Pine isn’t a bad choice for the role, though for me he could play Matt Damon’s brother in another production.
Forget trying to follow the time line from Hunt for Red October (Alec Baldwin’s wife was referred to as Caroline, played by Gates McFadden), Patriot Games, Clear and Present Danger (Harrison Ford and Anne Archer’s Cathy), and The Sum of All Fears (Ben Affleck and Bridget Moynahan as girlfriend Cathy), just enjoy a rollercoaster ride of action with a damn good story line.

jack ryan To begin with, this filled in a few gaps of Jack’s early years and his back injury following a helicopter crash.
Kiera Knightly is Cathy Muller, his rehab doctor, and Kevin Costner his recruiter.
Kenneth Branagh plays the bad guy, but for some reason any conversation in Russian didn’t come up with subtitles (but that could be because we didn’t set it up correctly) .
There is financial double dealing with the redirection of funds, and a plot to crash the American economy after another terrorist attack on a scale of 9/11.
The fight scene in the hotel room is realistic and the after effects on Ryan believable.
The professional ‘cleaning crew’ worked wonders within a few hours, with not so much as a visible chipped tile.

All the tech stuff extracting computer files was way over my head but there is some very slick underhand passing of USB keys and access passes.

Having not read any of the books, I enjoyed this immensely and it is definitely a keeper.
1  thru 10A positive 8 with no problem.

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3 Responses to Film Review: Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit

  1. A good “8”–with three thumbs up. Yes! about the Russian stuff. Ironic I just finished publishing a weekly about writing movie reviews. :o)

  2. scifihammy says:

    I also enjoyed this movie, liking both Chris Pine and Kevin Costner. 🙂

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