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
Rental Formats:
DVD, Blu-ray

Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit

Product Details

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
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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3.6 out of 5 stars

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Stephen Kennedy TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 10 Aug 2014
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By William Mason on 20 Aug 2014
Format: Blu-ray
This is a solid action thriller very much in the vein of the Bourne movies and the TV series 24. A group of Russian terrorists, covertly backed by their government, are planning to blow up part of Wall Street. The terrorists also plan to plunge the US economy into a second Great Depression through the rigging of the financial markets. Kenneth Branagh plays the role of the main villain, and he plays it straight rather than hammy, i.e. more like Klaus Maria Brandauer in Never Say Never Again, rather than Alan Rickman in Die Hard. Chris Pine plays the fledgling CIA recruit whose task it is to infiltrate the terrorist group and thwart the attack on New York. Pine is perfectly competent in the role, though not quite in the same league as Matt Damon or Keifer Sutherland. Keira Kneightly plays his wife, a doctor, and I think that her performance is superb, portraying a delicate blend of sensitivity and stoicism. Kevin Costner plays a CIA recruiting officer, whose job is to enlist and develop Pine's character. The acting is very good, and the cinematography lavish, but the film lacks a bit of steel. The baddies are not scary enough, and when Pine gets violent with them, it doesn't quite convince in the same way as when Jason Bourne goes on the attack. The stunt sequences are polished, but I think a little too polished, they needed more of a raw edge. This is the sort of film which would probably be more convincing if it was a little more nasty, i.e. made appropriate for an 18 certification, but then that would hurt it's box office returns, which is why the violence is watered down. A good film, but if it was a bit more graphic and visceral - think in terms of The Long Good Friday or Mad Max II - it might have been a great one.
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