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I was really looking forward to seeing Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit, out in theaters this weekend. I’ve been a fan of the Jack Ryan character in his film incarnations over the years, and I was curious to see what actor/director Kenneth Branagh would do with a spy thriller in the wake of his relatively successful Thor directing job. I’m sad to say that Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit is an aggressively average film. Everything about it is generic and bland: the script, the acting, the plot, and the action.

Check out my full video review after the jump.

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Jack Ryan Shadow Recruit

The best that can be said about Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit is that it’s mostly competent. The worst that can be said about it is that it’s nothing more than that. This is a slick, shiny film without an ounce of personality or depth. Its protagonist may hold a doctorate degree from the London School of Economics, but the film around him is the cinematic equivalent of the preppy frat boy who does just enough homework to pull a C- average.

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It’s cold and icy and generally miserable outside right now in most of the U.S., which means now is the perfect time to pour yourself a cup of tea, bundle up in a cozy blanket, and dive into Sequel Bits. After the jump:

  • The Raid 3 will pick up before The Raid 2 leaves off
  • Friday 4 is stuck in development hell, says Ice Cube
  • Jennifer Saunders is working on the Ab Fab movie
  • Who’s making a surprise cameo in 22 Jump Street?
  • The hero and the villain of Jack Ryan get posters
  • Bad Grandpa gets a red-band trailer for the DVD
  • Watch (or rewatch) the first ten minutes of Riddick

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Kevin Costner on Jack Ryan set

In October 2012, I visited the set of Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit in Liverpool, England. I didn’t witness much filming on this set visit, which would normally be a horrible thing — but our roundtable interview with Kevin Costner was one of the best interviews I’ve ever been a part of. I’ve never been a huge fan of Costner. Don’t get me wrong, I’ve enjoyed his films. Costner went into detail on his theories as an actor, storyteller, and filmmaker. Sitting in the room, listening to these ideas and stories, it was clear why Costner has had the career that he has. Its not because he has blond hair and blue eyes; this is a very smart man. Read the interview now, embedded after the jump.

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Jack Ryan behind the scenes

On October 25th 2012 I found myself sitting in The White Horse pub watching a monitor showing Chris Pine run through the misty rain into a financial building. While the sequence in Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit is supposed to take place in the brand-new financial center in Moscow, Russia (a clue to the film’s antagonist) it was being filmed in Liverpool, England.

For nine years, producers have been trying to restart the franchise, based on the character Tom Clancy created in books like The Hunt For Red October and Patriot Games. Taking a cue from the recent James Bond films, Jack Ryan is an origin story — a pre-boot set in the now. In this versions, 9/11 has taken place, and is a huge motivator for our hero. The following is what I learned about the film from co-star Kevin Costner and director Kenneth Branagh, fresh from Thor.

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Jack Ryan Shadow Recruit

As Captain Kirk in the Star Trek movies, Chris Pine has perfected the art of keeping cool under big, violent, explosive pressure. But his character in Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit is a whole different story.

In a new clip from the Paramount thriller, Jack is enjoying a breathtaking view from his comfy hotel when the guy (Game of ThronesNonso Anozie) supposedly helping him suddenly tries to kill him. Fortunately for Jack and unfortunately for the other guy, Jack is a trained Marine — not that that makes him any less freaked out by the way things go down.

Watch the scene and check out two new character posters featuring Keira Knightley and Kevin Costner after the jump.

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‘Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit’ Gets IMAX Release

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Briefly: When you think Kenneth Branagh movies, you think IMAX. Obviously. So it shouldn’t be too surprising that, for the second film in a row, Branagh’s directorial work is getting the giant screen treatment. Paramount’s Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit will get a day and date IMAX release on January 17.

Starring Chris Pine, Keira Knightley and Kevin Costner, the film tells and early story of the popular Tom Clancy character who has to stop a terrorist attack. To read more about how the film can get an IMAX release, read this interview. Watch the trailer here. [THR]

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