Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit

Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit

Kenneth Branagh (2013)

105min
12A Certificate
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Review

Our Score
This reboot for novelist Tom Clancy's CIA agent finds Chris Pine stepping into the shoes previously worn by Alec Baldwin, Harrison Ford and Ben Affleck, and presents Ryan as a fresh-faced rookie up against post-9/11 global terror threats. Dispatched to Moscow by his boss Kevin Costner, Pine's investigations into a plot to crash financial markets snowball into a series of hair-raising skirmishes that put millions of lives at risk. Director Kenneth Branagh (who also co-stars as a scenery-chewing Russian oligarch) pitches his film directly at audiences wooed by the high-octane exploits of Bond or Bourne, giving a wide berth to the more geopolitical and cerebral elements of Clancy's stories. The thrills and spills may be strictly by the book, but Pine is good value as the government penpusher who finds himself, initially, out of his depth as he is thrust into the front lines of espionage.

Summary

Premiere. A former soldier injured in the line of duty takes up a new career as a financial analyst for the CIA. However, his deskbound position changes to a dangerous undercover assignment when he discovers a plot to destroy the US economy. Spy thriller inspired by Tom Clancy's series of novels, starring Chris Pine, Keira Knightley, Kevin Costner and Kenneth Branagh, who also directed.

Cast & Crew

Jack Ryan Chris Pine
Cathy Muller Keira Knightley
William Harper Kevin Costner
Viktor Cherevin Kenneth Branagh
Rob Behringer Colm Feore
Embee Nonso Anozie
Dixon Lewis David Paymer
Amy Chang Gemma Chan
Director Kenneth Branagh
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Other Information

Language: English / RussianColourTheatrical distributor: ParamountGuidance: Violence, swearing. Available on: DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 24 Jan 2014
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