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on 11 April 2017
I really hoped this was going to be as good as some of the previous films made around Tom Clancy's character who has been played along the way by Alec Baldwin, Harrison Ford and Ben Affleck who I thought did a pretty stand-up job having to take over from Ford. I always felt that Ford who is notoriously difficult to work with, was a bit too up-himself even though 'Clear and Present Danger' was one of my favourites. I liked Affleck and was disappointed when he only made the one film playing Ryan. I liked Kenneth Branagh's character, Victor Cherevin and I think he did a very good job as Director. Production Designer Andrew Laws done a brilliant job as Production Designer. The script came from Adam Cozad and David Koepp and the idea of going back in time to show HOW Ryan became who he was and exactly what struggles he had. He was picked by an eagle-eyed William Harper of the CIA to watch Russian Financial movements from Wall Street. He discovers a plot to devalue the American currency until it is worth nothing. Plenty of fast action, lively driving and chases but for me at least I think that Chris Pine and Keira Knightly are both too lightweight in the leads.
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on 28 May 2017
Another excellent piece in the Jack Ryan story. In this film we learn about the accident which broke his back, and his fight back to fitness. Recruited into the he becomes an analyst and then a reluctant field officer. A wonderful cast, including Chris Pine as the young Jack, Kevin Costner as the enigmatic C.I.A. chief who recruits him, and Keira Knightley as the physio who helps Jack recover, becomes his girlfriend and who then plays a full part in breaking up the Russian plot (no spoilers!). Full honours, too, to Kenneth Branagh who not only directed the film but who played the Russian dedicated to bringing down the U.S.

Watch this...you will enjoy yourself!
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'Jack Ryan'(Chris Pine) a marine stationed in 'Afghanistan' is injured in a helicopter
.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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on 30 March 2015
Good movie, it did take a while to get going. The first half an hour was a bit slow but the rest of the movie made up for that. Chris Pine showed he could act, Keira Knightley and Kevin Costner both did a good job in the supporting cast.

The movie starts off with Jack/Chris in LSE (London School of Economics), where he see the Twin Towers attack. Deciding to leave university and join the millitery, he becomes Marine. Injured in combat he is visited by the CIA with an offer to join them as an analyst. After 10 years his he is forced back into the field. The action is good, more realistic that the average action movie. The explosion are a bit of a led down as the are quite obivously CG an not in a good way. However all in all a good all round movie.
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on 24 May 2015
Sometimes you just want a film that doesn't make you think too hard but is entertaining and watchable. This is not one of those films. It is a collection of pointless and boring characters churning out already exhausted cliches stringing along a plot that wouldn't fill a restaurant napkin. In a word, crap.
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on 1 April 2016
What rubbish! If it wasn't for some of the other reviews, I would never have connected this film with the Harrison Ford movies, which I've always liked. The Jack Ryan of this film is inept and not even likeable. The plot is so full of holes as to be completely unbelievable, and more often than not I couldn't hear the dialogue as it faded in and out even when it wasn't being completely obscured by the music score. Won't be watching this one again.
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on 21 July 2017
Can any one tell me if the language is bad in this film because I have sensitive people watching this. Does it have any f words in it. If any one can help it would help tremendously? I don't judge. Every one is different that's what makes friendship colourful!
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on 4 February 2017
...absolutely dire..amateurish..and why on earth did Kevin Costner get involved with this rubbish??
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on 11 June 2014
What an abomination of a Movie and I do like the books and I do like Kenneth Branagh so the fact I hated this must speak volumes.Amazon give me back both my money and my lost time please.Kenneth do not ever inflict a film this bad on me again please.and wash your Directorial mouth out with soap.Thank you kindly.
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on 20 March 2017
A very good early story of Jack Ryan, interesting and fun. Perhaps Tom (Clancy) pictured this before Red October? Who knows, but anyways Captain Kirk also works for the C.I.A., but only on shore leave!
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