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Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit

  • Drama
  • Thriller
  • 2013
  • Kenneth Branagh
  • 105 mins
  • 12A

Summary

Action thriller starring Chris Pine and Keira Knightley. CIA operative Jack Ryan is working undercover on Wall Street to monitor international financial transactions that could be linked to terrorist activity. His investigations lead him to Moscow and an encounter with sinister Russian billionaire Viktor Cherevin.

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Review

A star rating of 3 out of 5.

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. After he is dispatched to Moscow by his boss (Kevin Costner), Ryan investigates a plot to crash financial markets, which 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.

Credits

Cast

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Jack RyanChris Pine
Cathy MullerKeira Knightley
William HarperKevin Costner
Viktor CherevinKenneth Branagh
Rob BehringerColm Feore
EmbeeNonso Anozie
Dixon LewisDavid Paymer
Amy ChangGemma Chan

Crew

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DirectorKenneth Branagh

Details

Theatrical distributor
Paramount
Released on
2014-01-24
Languages
English | Russian
Guidance
Violence, swearing.
Available on
DVD and Blu-ray
Formats
Colour
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