Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit - 105 min, Rated PG-13 for sequences of violence and intense action, and brief strong language
Based on Tom Clancy’s beloved character, Jack Ryan is a financial analyst who works undercover for the CIA. His objective is to discover terrorist funding through the stock exchange. Jack finds that someone may be plotting an attack the United States and is sent to investigate his leads.
Tom Clancy wrote many books that featured the character Jack Ryan. Harrison Ford, Alec Baldwin and Ben Affleck have all played him in films. Paramount wanted to build another franchise by bringing back Jack Ryan to the big screen. Everyone loved Chris Pine in the Star Trek reboot and Paramount believed he had the star power to reboot the Jack Ryan Franchise. As much as I may have liked the film, it just didn’t have the numbers at the box office to garner another Jack Ryan movie.
Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit had a lot of potential but failed to bring anything new to the table. It felt likes pieces of previous action films were spliced together to create this movie. There wasn’t mystery to leave me guessing. With that said, I did enjoy the film. When I said “previous actions films,” they happened to be films that I liked. Kenneth Branagh (Thor, Valkyrie) directed and co-starred as the villain in Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit. I loved what he did with Thor and he once again created a fun action film. There were only a few action sequences in the film but they were long and drawn out. Sometimes having too much is a bad thing but in this case it worked well. Branagh was able to keep up the suspense and my attention throughout the car chases and break-ins.
I’m a fan of Chris Pine and thought he did a great job at tackling this character. Kevin Costner was even enjoyable to watch and had a much bigger role than I anticipated. I was surprised to see Kiera Knightley (Atonement, Pirates of Caribbean Trilogy) in a non-period piece. Her character was Jack’s girlfriend whom I felt did little to add value to the plot. Studios feel the need to add a romance plot to get a bigger audience but it didn’t work in this case
I find it unlikely that we will Chris Pine as Jack Ryan in the future since the film didn’t do well at the box office to become a profitable franchise for Paramount. Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit isn’t the perfect movie but it is fun and entertaining. This is a forgettable film but if you are looking for a mindless movie to watch then this is perfect.
3/5 - Enjoyable.