Posted on Friday, January 17th, 2014 by David Chen
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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Posted on Friday, January 17th, 2014 by Angie Han
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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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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Posted on Friday, January 3rd, 2014 by Angie Han
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 Thrones‘ Nonso 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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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]
Here’s an alternate version of the first trailer for Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit, in which Chris Pine plays the latest incarnation of Tom Clancy’s intelligence analyst turned unwitting field operative. Kenneth Branagh directs and plays with a Russian accent as the film’s villain, and Kiera Knightley and Kevin Costner offer moral support as Pine’s Jack Ryan tracks down some sort of international terror threat. Read More »
What better way to honor the memory of the recently deceased author Tom Clancy than to get our first look at the reboot of a franchise featuring his most famous character? Kenneth Branagh‘s reboot of the Jack Ryan franchise, Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit, stars Chris Pine in the title role. Unlike versions of the character played by Ben Affleck, Harrison Ford and Alec Baldwin, however, this Jack Ryan is just at the beginning of his career as a secret agent.
Branagh does double duty as the main bad guy, Kevin Costner plays a senior agent and Keira Knightley is Ryan’s lady. Check out the trailer, which is full of that trademark Tom Clancy action and intrigue, below. Read More »
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The timing here is unfortunate — just as Jack Ryan creator Tom Clancy is reported to have passed away, Paramount is kicking the promotion for Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit into gear. The new film stars Chris Pine as CIA intelligence officer Jack Ryan, and revamps the character’s cinematic origin. The film was directed by Kenneth Branagh, who also plays the villain, and also features Kevin Costner, as seen above. Check out the poster below. Read More »