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Kenneth Branagh, as a villainous Russian oligarch, is the highlight of this thrashabout featuring CIA spies and familiar tropes
The best scene in Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit shows someone's first murder. CIA analyst Jack (Chris Pine) has just been picked up from Moscow airport by his driver, a big Ugandan who drives him to his hotel, helps him carry his bags to his room, then calmly turns, unholsters a pistol and starts firing. What follows is a Bourne-ish kinetic thrashabout – sinks are smashed, porcelain shattered, doors splintered. The brawl ends with Ryan drowning his assailant in the bathtub. "In this much water", Jack later recounts in rattled tones to his CIA boss Harper (Kevin Costner), who looks at Ryan's still shaking hand and tells him, "better after than during".
It's been a while since I felt that kind of mortal dread in a movie. Ok, so it's not Paul Newman »
- Tom Shone
Feature Ryan Lambie 10 Jan 2014 - 15:08
With tech thriller Transcendence out this year, Hollywood seems to be revisiting its 90s fascination with virtual reality, Ryan writes...
Like seasons, hairstyles and fashion, genre popularity in Hollywood runs in cycles. Historical epics have faded in and out of favour since the 1930s, for example, and appear to be on the rise again, with Ridley Scott’s Exodus, Darren Aronofsky’s Noah and two movies based on the Hercules legend all on the horizon. It's not just historical epics making a comeback, either. With Wally Pfister's directorial debut Transcendence, we could be in for a mini revival of the cyber thrillers of the 1990s.
If you don't know anything about Transcendence yet, you can catch up with the first trailer here. Briefly, it's about a scientist (Johnny Depp) who's killed by terrorists shortly after completing some groundbreaking research into machine intelligence. Grief stricken, »
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