Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit 2013

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The thrills are non-stop as CIA recruit Ryan is caught in a dangerous web of intrigue and espionage. Jack must quickly evolve from soldier to analyst to full-fledged operative to stop a devastating terrorist plot against the United States

Starring:
Chris Pine ,Kevin Costner
Runtime:
1 hour, 45 minutes

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Genres Drama, Action & Adventure
Director Kenneth Branagh
Starring Chris Pine , Kevin Costner
Supporting actors Kenneth Branagh , Keira Knightley
Studio Paramount
BBFC rating Suitable for 12 years and over
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31 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Paul Allaer TOP 500 REVIEWER on 26 Jan. 2014
Format: Blu-ray
"Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit" (2014 release; 105 min.) brings a reinvented Jack Ryan to the screen, this time as played by Chris Pine, he of the "Star Trek" reboot franchise (as Capt. Kirk). As the movie opens, we see Ryan on the campus of the London School of Economics when 9/11 happens. Ryan volunteers for the Marine Corps and is deployed in Afghanistan, where he gets severely injured during a helicopter attack (check out the Bengals/Ravens jokes before the attack!). During rehab, he gets to know Cathy Muller (played by Keira Knightley), who is about to graduate from med school. Flash forward 10 years: Ryan is now working for the CIA as a financial analyst at a Wall Street investment bank, and he notices weird financial transactions going on in Russia. He reports it to his CIA boss Tom Harper (played by Kevin Costner), and off goes Ryan to Moscow to investigate further. To tell you more would spoil your viewing experience, you'll just have to see for yourself how it all plays out.

Couple of comments: first, this film is directed by none other than Kenneth Branagh (who also plays "the bad guy"). When I see his name, I usually think of William Shakespeare and theater, not action movies. Not that he doesn't do a pretty good job at it. Second, it really takes a jump of faith to see Chris Pine as Jack Ryan, for one thing, he just looks too young! Third, Keira Knightley oozes charm (and beauty) as Ryan's girlfriend/fiancee. Fourth, as to the action itself, something seemed a little off once in a while. For example, the crucial break-in sequence (where Ryan penetrates the office of the bad guy) goes off way too easily. Last but not least, there are some great one-liners in the movie which bring some much needed light touches.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Q Quarters on 29 Jun. 2014
Format: Blu-ray
First the good bit - the blu ray looks and sounds fantastic and that's about it.

Did the world need another Jack Ryan re boot? Already on the down ward law of diminishing returns curve Chris Pine makes Ben Afflecks attempt seem Oscar worthy. Shadow Recruit is a charisma free zone with a typical 21st century handsome but vacuous leading man. Branagh stars and directs - oh dear. So he didn't have the luxury of a trilogy (thank goodness) to tell this story so he over compensates with action sequences that are frantic and yet tedious. The highlight of the movie is the attempted hotel room murder akin to a scene in Marathon Man . Takes half an hour to reach this point and that's the best bit. A disproportionate amount of time is spent on the dreary Pine/Knighley relationship. The bomb plot is wrapped up with amazing powers of deduction by our hero with the help of his CIA buddies typing frantically away on their laptops. Costner pops up to phone in for his pay cheque.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By chelios1981 VINE VOICE on 8 Jun. 2014
Format: DVD
A reeboot of a franchise is a hard thing to achieve, to satisfy old fans and pull in new ones is tricky balanncing act, but this film suceeds well mostly, thanks to a good cast and fast moving plot.

It's funny that the cast and crew are at pains to say they were not trying to make Jason Bourne style film, yet at least pace wise and style wise it feels very much like Bourne had some influence. To be fair most spy genre films have evolved under the shadow of the Bourne trilogy due to them setting the bar for intelligent action thrillers so high, so it's a compliment to compare this at least visually to them.

The plot is very different as we follow a young Jack Ryan from being a smart but dull background anylyst, to a full on action man in the second half.

There is a nice build up as we watch the man grow into his role and start a romantic relationship, whilst his mentor drags him deeper into the field work aspect of the job and away from his desk.

The second part comes thick and fast with gun shoot outs, car and motorcycle chases, fights and lots of running around.

Chris Pine is very good as our weary hero pitted agaist Kenneth Brannagh's stereotypical Russian villain come terrorist intent on manipulating economy and blowing up America.

Kevin Costner is perfectly cast as Pines mentor who guides himthrough his stealthy mission and Kiera Knightly is good as Ryan's wife come damsel in distress.

Brannagh as director knows how to film good action, tense stand offs and the script has some vefy good exchanges between the leads.

3.5 stars, not quite 5 star as it seems to have come a bit late to the game after Skyfall or the Matt Damon Bournes, but still a fun spy thriller and a good start at getting Jack Ryan on the big screen.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By William Lewis on 25 Aug. 2014
Format: Blu-ray
Passable action thriller ruined by God bless america, Mom and apple pie dialogue, worthy of an episode of Hawaii 50. Sadly, aided and abetted by two Brits! Chris Pine does a reasonable action hero job, but Keira Knightley, how could you? Talking in an american accent, better than some american actors it has to be said. The worst sin of all, this drivel is directed by Kenneth Branagh, another Brit, working for the yankee dollar, but not bringing any sense of irony, dignity or even a passing resemblance to reality to the piece. It is like poo from China, far-fetched. We are asked to believe that a bloke who's deceived his girlfriend for 10 years as a 'sleeper' CIA agent, suddenly becomes so inefficient he leaves her with the idea that he's having an affair. She gets on a plane from Paris to Russia (not held up by anything trivial like a visa) to confront him. The CIA Boss (Costner, who should be called Pine) instead of sacking Ryan, coz he's told her he's an agent, allows her character(an amateur) to flirt with a vicious Russian agent (Branagh, being greedy) whilst Ryan goes off to burgle the Russian's office. Cobblers!
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