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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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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
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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3.9 out of 5 stars

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36 of 38 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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4 of 4 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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Bill HALL OF FAMETOP 10 REVIEWER on 20 Aug. 2014
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
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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