Friday, January 17, 2014

Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit

Rated PG-13 / 1 hr 45 min / Action - Drama - Thriller

What is it about?

Jack Ryan, the star of so many Tom Clancy novels, is back. This time in a younger package played by Cris Pine  rather than Harrison Ford.  Jack is in school when the twin towers in New York go down.  He decides to join the military  to fight in Afghanistan.  He gets blown out of the sky, and has to go through physical therapy to learn to walk again. He meets his future wife there, and is also recruited into the CIA.  As a compliance officer at a financial institution he finds some possible evidence of a economic attack. They send him to Russia to investigate further.

You will like it if...

You like decent action movies. The previews are very misleading in making it seem like this is a thriller with all kinds of twists and turns.  It's not a thriller at all.  It's an action flick with a straightforward storyline.  What makes the story interesting is how real the threat is, but there are some inconsistencies that don't make as much sense. The action sequences are cut in the worst way possible.  Some of the fight scenes are cut so quick and zoomed in so close that I was asking myself, "What the crap happened?" All you see is two men shuffling and grunting.  They could have had sex with each other and you wouldn't know.  Keira Knightly and Kevin Costner both do an excellent job.  Chris Pine has carved out a nice niche as an action hero. They all add some star power to the movie that makes it entertaining as a standard action movie.

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