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Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit 2013

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Jack Ryan, as a young covert CIA analyst, uncovers a Russian plot to crash the U.S. economy with a terrorist attack.

Starring:
Keira Knightley, Chris Pine
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DVD, Blu-ray

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  • Feature ages_12_and_over
Runtime 1 hour 45 minutes
Starring Keira Knightley, Chris Pine, Kevin Costner
Director Kenneth Branagh
Genres Thriller
Studio Paramount International
Rental release 2 June 2014
Main languages English
Dubbing Dutch, Swedish, Finnish, Danish, Norwegian
Subtitles Dutch, Swedish, Finnish, Danish, English, Norwegian
Hearing impaired subtitles English
Discs
  • Feature ages_12_and_over
Runtime 1 hour 45 minutes
Starring Keira Knightley, Chris Pine, Kevin Costner
Director Kenneth Branagh
Genres Thriller
Studio Paramount International
Rental release 2 June 2014
Main languages English

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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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Format: Blu-ray
A new version of the saga of CIA analyst, Jack Ryan. It begins when Ryan was attending the London School of Economics; and 9/11 happened. He would then enlist in the Marines and would go to Afghanistan. The chopper he was on would get shot down and he would suffer severe injuries that would require intense rehab. While there, he grabs the attention of a man named Harper, who works for the CIA and would like him to finish his studies and get a job on Wall Street so he can find out of any terrorist plot through their finances. A few years later, Ryan finds anomalies in the accounts of a Russian named Cherevin. Jack thinks he should go to Russia to find out what's going on. Jack was told not to tell anyone who he is and that includes his girl friend Cathy. But she catches Jack in some lies which makes her doubt him. Jack goes to Russia and Cherevin assigns him someone to take care of him. But when they're alone the man tries to kill Jack. So Jack kills him. Obvious Cherevin is hiding something so Jack goes to meet him, and he says he will bring his fiancé along. But Cathy shows up and Jack has to tell her the truth. Harper says Cathy has to go with Jack when she meets Cherevin. Jack doesn't want her to but Cathy says she's going. So the action begins that leads to the climax...

Well directed, good acting, good supporting cast and drama, action that keeps you watching with a simple straight foward storyline.

Overall a decent action/thriller. Enjoy
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'Jack Ryan'(Chris Pine) a marine stationed in 'Afghanistan' is injured in a helicopter
crash.
.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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Format: Blu-ray
The latest film to feature the character of Jack Ryan from the Tom Clancy books is also an attempt to return to his original recruitment and first mission. This is a little odd as the Ben Affleck version of "A Sum of All Fears" already did that. But, like Spiderman it seems people like making movies about Jack Ryan's origins, and this time its updated to a post 9/11 setting. By doing that however you remove the whole tone of the original Tom Clancy novels, which were always set in the Cold War with the Russians as the bad guys. This time, having updated the setting the Russians are again the bad guys!

Enter Kenneth Brannagh spouting dialogue in his best Russian accent and acting the part of a one dimensional Bond villian. To hell with Glasnost, those fools have betrayed Russia, etc, etc. Considering Kenneth Brannagh also directed this movie its surprising he didn't also insist on a volcano base and sharks with lasers on them.

Chris Pine does his best to show he is a serious actor, and in the first half of the movie he is not too bad. The overly complicated technoplot sounds like the sort of thing Tom Clancy might have written. But unfortunately half way through the film this novice Jack Ryan forgets he is supposed to be an analyst with no experience of field work and starts to kick butt. The movie rapidly descends into a run of the mill action thriller with chases, punch ups and even a bomb with a count down on it!

This is a far cry from the original Jack Ryan stories and suggests a certain dumbing down for modern audiences. Fans of the original Tom Clancy movies might enjoy the first half of this film. Fans of the new Star Trek will probably enjoy the second. Altogether its not a complete disaster but as a James Bond wannabe its a poor substitute.
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