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Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit
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06.03.2014 By: Mathew Plale
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Director:
Kenneth Branagh

Actors:
Chris Pine
Kevin Costner
Kenneth Branagh

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
This origin story finds Jack Ryan (Pine) uncovering a Russian plot to cripple the U.S. economy.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
In 1990, Alec Baldwin portrayed Jack Ryan in THE HUNT FOR RED OCTOBER. Two years later, Harrison Ford took over the role for PATRIOT GAMES and 1994’s CLEAR AND PRESENT DANGER. Less than ten years later, Ben Affleck played the character in THE SUM OF ALL FEARS. And now, 14 years after the first cinematic appearance of Tom Clancy’s popular creation, Chris Pine has signed on to reboot Ryan.

JACK RYAN: SHADOW RECRUIT is an origin story, opening with Jack Ryan 4.0 entering the military after 9/11, his first step in becoming a lieutenant. It’s after lengthy rehabilitation following a helicopter attack that Ryan is offered a job as a CIA analyst from a man named Thomas Harper (Kevin Costner). His first major assignment is going undercover on Wall Street to discover information regarding funds, which subsequently leads him to a Russian plan to sink the U.S. economy by a brutal antagonist named Viktor Cherevin (Kenneth Branagh, who also directed the movie) who has no problem sending assassins after the “auditor” and kidnapping Ryan’s love interest, Cathy Muller (Keira Knightley).

JACK RYAN: SHADOW RECRUIT comes complete with all of the danger, gun-firing and spy-play that the trailer promised. But there is nothing here that other similar movies of the genre haven’t already attempted and succeeded in. Pine makes a fine Ryan (certainly more so than Affleck), but he, like the movie itself, does very little for the CIA thriller or the series. JACK RYAN: SHADOW RECRUIT is tame and light on the necessary thrills to compel the target audience, and considering the movie is the lowest-grossing of the bunch and no sequel has been greenlit, it’s obvious that fans just weren’t interested.

And how could they be? This is a series that has been so long forgotten that the screenwriters had to throw the character name in the title. And with the JASON BOURNE movies proving to still be relatively popular and the BOND franchise at a new high, there’s just no necessity for Jack Ryan, no matter who his face belongs to.

THE EXTRAS
Commentary by Kenneth Branagh and Lorenzo di Bonaventura: Director Branagh and producer di Bonaventura give a strong commentary, discussing the characters, the story and more while keeping the previous movies in the series in the background.

Jack Ryan: The Smartest Guy in the Room (13:37): Various cast and crew members, including Branagh, Chris Pine and Kevin Costner, cover rebooting the franchise (after Harrison Ford turned down the opportunity) and how this latest entry stands out from the rest.

Sir Kenneth Branagh: The Tsar of SHADOW RECRUIT (9:49): This featurette puts the spotlight on Branagh as both director and co-star. Fans of Branagh (whether through THOR, his Shakespeare adaptations or his acting) will appreciate this tribute.

Jack Ryan: A Thinking Man of Action (5:19) looks at the shooting of some of the more action-oriented scenes, like the initial assassination attempt on Ryan.

Old Enemies Return (21:13): Scholars and experts examine the tensions between the United States and Russia throughout the 20th century and how they play into the series. This featurette is a great one who are more interested in the real-life aspects of the movie.

Deleted & Extended Scenes (5:30): There are six here, which can only be viewed as a whole. They are: “Are You Home Yet?” Speeding Through Moscow,” “Security,” “Prefer to Walk,” “Tracking the Van” and “Alternate Ending.” Optional commentary by Branagh and di Bonaventura.

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FINAL DIAGNOSIS
The goal of JACK RYAN: SHADOW RECRUIT was to reboot the series and make it popular again. But considering just how tame, tiresome and predictable it is, the attempts by director Kenneth Branagh, screenwriters Adam Cozad and David Koepp and star Chris Pine come up short. Special features include a look at the production, deleted/extended scenes and more.
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11:33AM on 06/03/2014
Don't you mean 24 years not 14?
Don't you mean 24 years not 14?
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4:45AM on 06/03/2014
Are Tom Clancy Books not good enough too be turned into movies anymore?
Are Tom Clancy Books not good enough too be turned into movies anymore?
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2:19AM on 06/03/2014
I liked it a lot more than I expected to. Perfectly serviceable espionage thriller. Nothing spectacular, but I was entertained.
I liked it a lot more than I expected to. Perfectly serviceable espionage thriller. Nothing spectacular, but I was entertained.
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1:57AM on 06/03/2014

Jack Ryan is not forgotten, the movie...

I really wish they would've done a better job with this movie. People gave up on it when the release date was moved, which meant the studio itself didn't think it was any good to release in December. They write a decent script, this character could go places. This movie was just plain terrible. Please Mr. Neufeld, don't give up on Jack Ryan.
I really wish they would've done a better job with this movie. People gave up on it when the release date was moved, which meant the studio itself didn't think it was any good to release in December. They write a decent script, this character could go places. This movie was just plain terrible. Please Mr. Neufeld, don't give up on Jack Ryan.
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