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:
Kevin Costner, Keira Knightley
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DVD, Blu-ray

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

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32 of 33 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 Lazaros K. on 12 April 2015
Format: DVD
Oh ,well....Isuppose it is to be expected.Any box office success will,unavoidably, produce sequels,prequels and remakes.Yet this one was doubly disappointing.Primarily because the basic idea,of a Russian magnate,working in cahoots with the Russian government,is trying to cause the collapse of the dollar,and plunge the U.S.in khaos.To do that he intends to combine a terrorist type hit in the U.S.while selling,simultaneously,two trillion dollars worth of U.S. treasury bonds.Two trillion dollars,no less ! And that is a secret operation ! Somebody ,even through numerous shell companies,owns two thousand million dollars worth of bonds and the international markets are blissfully ignorant of this minor fact ! Governments,too ! And Russia which,indirectly,controls this vast sum,instead of pouring it in its own markets and thus being transformed overnight into the financially strongest country in the world,plans to generate worldwide khaos with it !
But enough about the childish plot.The -regrettable- fact is that this purely american "spysoap opera"is full of Brits.Primarily the long ago highly overrated Kenneth Branagh ,who is both the movie's director and arch villain.And he is mediocre,at best,in both roles.Chris Pine is O.K.,but Kira Knightley,on top of her "acting americanisation",continuous to play the "pretty woman"part.Well,as far as impressive looks go ,she just hasn't got them.Period.
To make a long story short,all four previous "Jack Ryan"movies, starring Harrison Ford,Alec Baldwin,or even Ben Affleck,are better.Much better than this one.
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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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