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

Chris Pine , Kevin Costner
1 hour 45 minutes

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Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit

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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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Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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3.7 out of 5 stars

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Stephen Kennedy TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 10 Aug 2014
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Chris Pine takes the mantle of Jack Ryan, as the franchise tries to restart itself after Sum of All Fears and indeed 9-11, seemed to leave it with nowhere to go. Chris Pine is a refreshing young convincing face of the ex Marine turned analyst for his mentor Kevin Costner, who is forced into an operational role when he uncovers shady dealings from a Russian oligarch which may just be a prelude to an economic attack on the US – or worse. All this while he tries to keep his new role as a CIA operative from his girlfriend, Kiera Knightley. There is an element of box ticking of facets of the Ryan character from the novels, as if the Ryan character has been shoehorned in to what is considered to be a contemporary drama / thriller. Not surprising, since that is exactly what happened.. instead of a Clancy novel, which are undoubtedly fulsome and challenging to adapt, layers of subtlety and duplicity have been stripped away for a more bare bones good guys and bad guys plot not originaly written with this character in mind, and in the process somewhat making Ryan more of a spy than he ever was in the books.. it’s a fine line from where this movie has taken him, to Bourne and Bond comparisons, which would not be favourable to this film.
All that said, this is a fun couple of hours – the cast are all good, and Branagh manages to get a few thrilling set pieces in to keep you on your toes. As you’d expect, the character beats work too – Knightley’s interactions with Branagh are a treat. I finished the movie with a smile on my face and feeling I had seen a more satisfyingly old-fashioned thriller than I had seen in a while.. it was only later as I had time to think about the plot holes and the comparisons to the other movies, that the smile faded.
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26 of 28 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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By rbmusicman TOP 100 REVIEWER on 3 Jun 2014
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'Jack Ryan'(Chris Pine) a marine stationed in 'Afghanistan' is injured in a helicopter
.His recovery is a long and difficult road, but determination and encouragement
determination and encouragement from a 'Doctor' brings the desired outcome.
As a marine he is well respected, he has a high intelligence level, because of
this he is offered the opportunity to continue serving his country by 'C.I.A agent
'Thomas Harper'.(Kevin Costner)
'Jack' will complete his economics course and join a financial institution as a analyst,
but will be an under-cover operative.
'Cathy' (Keira Knightley) the doctor he'd met whilst in hospital is now his fiancée, but is
blissfully unaware of 'Jack's' involvement with the C.I.A.
'Jack' notices irregularity's in the Russian side of the businesses financial activity, and
realizes it needs investigating.
As compliance officer he decides to travel to Russia with the intention of investigating
a financial plot.
He is met at the airport a man who claims to be designated to escort him to the hotel
and be his driver, when reaching the hotel room the man attempts to kill 'Jack' .........
Not a great welcome to Russia.
'Thomas Harper' and a team are in Moscow to watch over 'Jacks' activity.
When going to the office the next day, it seems the Russians are a couple of steps
ahead of the game, 'Jack' appears to have nothing left to audit.
'Viktor Cherevin' informs 'Jack' that 'his fiancée 'Cathy' is waiting for him at the hotel,
her presence will mean he has more than just himself to watch out for.
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