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4.0 out of 5 stars 3.5 stars... "You're not just an analyst anymore, you're operational!"
"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,...
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1.0 out of 5 stars Slick and empty
First the good bit - the blu ray looks and sounds fantastic and that's about it.

Did the world need another Jack Ryan re boot? Already on the down ward law of diminishing returns curve Chris Pine makes Ben Afflecks attempt seem Oscar worthy. Shadow Recruit is a charisma free zone with a typical 21st century handsome but vacuous leading man. Branagh stars and...
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4.0 out of 5 stars 3.5 stars... "You're not just an analyst anymore, you're operational!", 26 Jan. 2014
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Paul Allaer (Cincinnati) - See all my reviews
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"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. At one point Ryan convinces his Wall Street banker boss that he isn't going to rock the boat, to which his boss replies: "it's not a boat, it's a luxury yacht, and we're all on it together", ha! Later on, when Ryan meets up with Harper in Moscow, Ryan complains that he was promised an office job, to which Harper relies "You're not just a financial analyst anymore, you're operational", and hands him a gun, ha!

Bottom line: while this is certainly not a bad movie per se, and the time flew by quickly, I was nevertheless slightly let down as something is not quite right with this Jack Ryan reboot. The screening I saw this at was surprisingly well attended for a weekday evening show, so it must be that there is a demand for this movie. If you like Jack Ryan, I suggest you check this out for yourself, be it in the theater or on DVD/Blu-ray, and draw your own conclusions about this reboot.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Slick and empty, 29 Jun. 2014
First the good bit - the blu ray looks and sounds fantastic and that's about it.

Did the world need another Jack Ryan re boot? Already on the down ward law of diminishing returns curve Chris Pine makes Ben Afflecks attempt seem Oscar worthy. Shadow Recruit is a charisma free zone with a typical 21st century handsome but vacuous leading man. Branagh stars and directs - oh dear. So he didn't have the luxury of a trilogy (thank goodness) to tell this story so he over compensates with action sequences that are frantic and yet tedious. The highlight of the movie is the attempted hotel room murder akin to a scene in Marathon Man . Takes half an hour to reach this point and that's the best bit. A disproportionate amount of time is spent on the dreary Pine/Knighley relationship. The bomb plot is wrapped up with amazing powers of deduction by our hero with the help of his CIA buddies typing frantically away on their laptops. Costner pops up to phone in for his pay cheque.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not bad, 8 Jun. 2014
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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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2.0 out of 5 stars SOAP OPERA IN SPYLAND, 25 Aug. 2014
Passable action thriller ruined by God bless america, Mom and apple pie dialogue, worthy of an episode of Hawaii 50. Sadly, aided and abetted by two Brits! Chris Pine does a reasonable action hero job, but Keira Knightley, how could you? Talking in an american accent, better than some american actors it has to be said. The worst sin of all, this drivel is directed by Kenneth Branagh, another Brit, working for the yankee dollar, but not bringing any sense of irony, dignity or even a passing resemblance to reality to the piece. It is like poo from China, far-fetched. We are asked to believe that a bloke who's deceived his girlfriend for 10 years as a 'sleeper' CIA agent, suddenly becomes so inefficient he leaves her with the idea that he's having an affair. She gets on a plane from Paris to Russia (not held up by anything trivial like a visa) to confront him. The CIA Boss (Costner, who should be called Pine) instead of sacking Ryan, coz he's told her he's an agent, allows her character(an amateur) to flirt with a vicious Russian agent (Branagh, being greedy) whilst Ryan goes off to burgle the Russian's office. Cobblers!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Oh ,well...Success brings "repetition".Albeit a poor one., 12 April 2015
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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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4.0 out of 5 stars For Fans of Jason Bourne and Jack Bauer, 20 Aug. 2014
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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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4.0 out of 5 stars 'JACK RYAN' BECOMES TANGLED UP WITH A 'RUSSIAN CONSPIRACY', 3 Jun. 2014
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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.
The situation becomes much more dangerous as 'Jack' try's to dig deeper into 'Viktor's'
operation, it turns into a life or death situation for both 'Jack' and 'Cathy' 'Viktor' is a
ruthless character.
The Russians plan for America's financial collapse taking proceedings into the heart of
the U.S financial Centre.......'Wall Street'
This is a 'Jack Ryan' re-invented tale, hi-tech, with some decent action along the way, I
don't think however either 'Bond' or indeed 'Bourne' need worry.....though I can see an
obvious opportunity to create a movie-series.
Bonus Features -
* Deleted and Extended Scenes with optional commentary by 'Kenneth Branagh' and
'Lorenzo Bonaventura'
* Jack Ryan' - The smartest guy in the room.
* Sir Kenneth Branagh' - The tzar of Shadow Recruit.
* Jack Ryan' - A thinking man of Action.
* Old Enemies return.
* Commentary by 'Kenneth Branagh' and 'Lorenzo Bonaventura'
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3.0 out of 5 stars Jack Ryan Rebooted, 23 Feb. 2014
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Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit (DVD).

DVD Info.
Region 2.
Running time 105 minutes approx.
Certificate 12a.

Trivia.
1)Kevin Costner was the original choice for Jack Ryan in the 1990 The Hunt For Red October but turned it down to star & direct Dances With Wolves instead.
2)This movie isn't based on any specific novel by the late Tom Clancys novel's.
3)Keira Knightley, Jessica Biel, Kate Beckinsale & Evangeline Lilly were all tested for Cathy but Keira Knightley was director Kenneth Branagh first choice.
4)Chris Pine has taken over the lead in another Paramount franchise Star Trek playing Captain James T.Kirk.
5)Authour Tom Clancy died on 1st October 2013 during post production on this movie.

Review.
This movie sees a young covert CIA analyst Jack Ryan once a second lieutenant Marine injured during a helicopter accident when it was shot down who has been recuited into the CIA's Thomas Harper.

Harper enlists Jack's help in uncovering a terrorist plot by Viktor Cherevin who plan's to crash the US economy in a bid to ruin the global markets by making the US dollar to become worthless & trigger a new great depression.

Jack is told by Harper that he must not tell anybody about his involvement in the CIA including his fiancee Cathy.

When Cherevin eventually learns of Jack's suspicions of him & what he's planning he has Jack monitored & finds out that Ryan's fiancee Cathy has flown to Russia as she assumes that Jack's recent suspicious nature is that he's having an affair but eventually she is kidnapped by Cherevin.

Jack & the CIA also discover a Russian mole has been planted in the US as a sleeper agent whom is going to activate a bomb in Wall Street.

Jack is in a race against time in attempting to rescue his kidnapped fiancee Cathy & give chase to to diffuse a bomb that's located in a dummy Police response vehicle to blow up Wall Street as Jack attempts to divert the vehicle carrying the bomb & crash the vehicle into the river in a attempt to save innocent lives from the bombs blast radius, But will Jack succeed?

Timelord Thoughts.

As a fan of Tom Clancys Jack Ryan novels & the four movies availble I was apprehensive about this being another reboot but I needn't have worried as this is a excellent thriller with a great cast of characters & a great plot full of espionage & mystery.

Chris Pine does well as Jack Ryan & is becoming something of a leading man actor who shows charm yet vulnerability to the character yet shows he's very patriotic of his country with Pine sparing us the need to act the role with cheesy patriotism.

Kevin Costner is well cast as CIA mentor Thomas Harper & shares a great chemistry with Chris Pine in there scenes together.

Keira Knightley is decent but not really given much to do apart from accuse Jack of having an affair then getting kidnapped as the damsel in distress I exepected a bit more gravitas to her role.

Kenneth Branagh whom also directs this movie does a competent job as the malicious Viktor Cherevin, But I found his direction of the movie to be far better than the character he's portraying as it seems to just be another caricature Russian villian played by a Brit.

It takes a little while to build up pace but overall this is a decent spy thriller which should no doubt launch a new franchise of Jack Ryan movies, A decent solid thriller.

Timelord Rating.
7/10
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3.0 out of 5 stars Trust no one!, 6 Oct. 2014
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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1.0 out of 5 stars Watch the Earlier Jack Ryan films, but not this., 29 Jan. 2015
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Jack Ryan Shadow Recruit is a poor movie. Badly Cast(awful Jack Ryan), badly acted(especially Keira Knightley), bad Story, bad Script, just about all of it bad. The earlier Jack Ryan films are far superior. Even The Sum of All Fears film is ten times better than this nonsense. Hopefully there won't be another.
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