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Ryan, Mr. President, Jack Ryan....,
This review is from: Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit [Blu-ray] (Blu-ray)
The film starts with the titular character witnessing the atrocities of 9/11, thus paving the way for his patriotism.
Move forward a couple of years, and he is involved in a horrific helicopter attack, thus paving the way for him to meet Cathy, and Kevin Costner, who tells him what he will be doing.
Move forward to present day. Ryan is working undercover in a bank, trying to find dodgy bank accounts. Finding one, he is sent to Russia, thus paving the way for Kenneth Branagh.
he wants to start another economic meltdown, and submit a terrorist attack on American soil. Why does he want to do this? Because he's a dastardly scoundrel, and you know this is true because he beats up a nurse for no reason.
A reboot of sorts, JRSR, takes us back to the thrillers of the eighties we all knew and loved, the ones where people would meet at the movies to give each other secret packages, and someone drops a bag in front of someone else, and people steal dogs to make them look normal, and this is where the film works well.
Branagh can create a wonderful air of tension, and make technical jargon seem really interesting, making the viewer think that they are quite intelligent, it's the comfort food of cinema.
But the big problem here is Pine. He just doesn't convince as Ryan, and at times he comes across as too immature to really make the viewer believe that his character will become the Jack Ryan we had in the nineties.
I know he's a new recruit and all that, but he isn't focused on as much as you would expect, and it doesn't help when your acted off screen by Costner and Branagh.
These two are the reason why the film holds so well, an old school villain, and an old school hero, take Ryan out of the equation, and this could have been an excellent cold war thriller ala No Way Out.
But it's still a lot of fun. The set pieces in the restaurant and the film there on in is awesome, but it takes too much build up to get there, and as I've said before, Pine is a little bit of a wet blanket.
Here's hoping for a spin off movie with Costner's character, but it's very doubtful.