Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit – Movie Review


Kenneth Branagh directs Chris Pine in a new take on the famous Tom Clancy character, Jack Ryan. Does it do the character justice, or fall into the depths of despair that is the month of January in entertainment? Hit the jump to watch my review…

Official Synopsis: Jack Ryan, as a young covert CIA analyst, uncovers a Russian plot to crash the U.S. economy with a terrorist attack.

Review Summary: Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit is the first good movie of 2014, which isn’t saying much considering the releases coming out right now, but nevertheless, the film surprised me. As a fan of the first three Jack Ryan films, I was hoping this was a return to form for the long-dead franchise, and my wish was granted. All actors give believable and grounded performances, and the vulnerability of the Jack Ryan character is still present, something very important that keeps us rooting for him. While the film takes awhile to find its footing, once the story kicks in, it’s a fun ride that doesn’t let up. This was a big surprise and a most welcome one.

Grade: B

Starring: Chris Pine, Keira Knightley, Kevin Costner, Kenneth Branagh
Directed by: Kenneth Branagh
MPAA Rating: PG-13 for sequences of violence and intense action, and brief strong language
Run Time: 105 min.

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