Based on the CIA analyst created by espionage master Tom Clancy, "Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit" is a blistering action thriller that follows Ryan from his quiet double-life as a veteran-turned-Wall Street executive to his all-out initiation as a hunted American agent on the trail of a massive terrorist Director: Kenneth Branagh, Story by: Tom Clancy , Screenplay: David Koepp, Adam Cozad
Shadow Recruit was at best mediocre. The first thing people are going to ask is how well does Chris Pine pull off the role of Jack Ryan compared to his predecessors? In our opinion he did a decent job, We would not say that he was thee best Jack Ryan of them all. This film installment is essentially a reboot of the franchise because the movie begins with Jack still in college and then quickly goes through his stint in the war, subsequent injury, and later rehabilitation. The casting of Chris Pine had to do with the fact that they had to get someone young and Chris Pine is pretty much the perfect age, 34, to play a character in their early 30s. We really warmed up to Harrison Ford as Jack Ryan. However Ford’s age dictated that they jump into his career mid stream and so we could never see the early years of Ryan’s accidence. In our honest opinion “The Hunt for Red October” is by far the best of the Jack Ryan movies.
After seeing this film we think it is clear to say that Keira Knightley is an under rated actress. She did a great job as Ryan’s wife and the two of them had great on screen chemistry. Kevin Costner as the teacher/mentor was a good choice. He balanced humor and maturity quite well. However the villain of the story was very cardboard. There are only a few short scenes that clue the audience into why he’s so motivated to destroy the USA. There wasn’t enough substance to the villain to see the contrast between he and Ryan.
The last 30 minutes of the movie is fast paced and action packed. We give it a 7 out of 10