CIA analyst Jack Ryan must thwart the plans of a terrorist faction that threatens to induce a catastrophic conflict between the United States and Russia's newly elected president by detonating a nuclear weapon at a football game in Baltimore.
A new version of the saga of CIA analyst, Jack Ryan. It begins when Ryan was attending the London School of Economics; and 9/11 happened. He would then enlist in the Marines and would go to Afghanistan. The chopper he was on would get shot down and he would suffer severe injuries that would require intense rehab. While there, he grabs the attention of a man named Harper, who works for the CIA and would like him to finish his studies and get a job on Wall Street so he can find out of any terrorist plot through their finances. A few years later, Ryan finds anomalies in the accounts of a Russian named Cherevin. Jack thinks he should go to Russia to find out what's going on. Jack was told not to tell anyone who he is and that includes his girl friend Cathy. But she catches Jack in some lies which makes her doubt him. Jack goes to Russia and Cherevin assigns him someone to take care of him. But when they're alone the man tries to kill Jack. So Jack kills him. Obvious Cherevin is hiding ... Written by
Jack Ryan is reborn in this Bourne-like action thriller.
More than a decade after the disappointing The Sum Of All Fears (2002) we get yet another film about novelist Tom Clancy's character Jack Ryan. Clancy was certainly an establishment writer, so I wasn't looking forward to seeing Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit. Still, since I had some time, I went to the auditorium where the film was being screened and watched it for free. It turned out to be a fine action thriller. The story that was concocted by screenwriters David Koepp and Adam Cozad lacks originality but it provides the film with a number of thrilling scenes. The dialogue is also above average. Chris Pine, our new James T. Kirk, plays the clever all-American CIA tool Jack Ryan. Pine is a good leading man, and he manages to make Ryan into an assured hero. The rest of the cast, dominated by Brits, turn in fine performances as well. Kenneth Branagh, known for recently directing Thor (2011), plays the villain of the film, a wealthy Russian with a grudge against the US of A. Branagh's Viktor Cherevin has a number of memorable lines and icy glares but, best of all, he can kill a person with an energy-efficient light bulb. As a director Branagh makes almost every shot serve a purpose in the film. British establishment actress Keira Knightley plays Ryan's pretty fiancée Cathy Muller. After an excursion into less famous film fare Knightley decided to return to the mainstream it seems. I never considered her to be a good actress but she does have appeal. She even looks like my mother, but I still can't like her because she's a British actress. I hope she doesn't follow in the footsteps of that British witch Vanessa Redgrave. Anyway, Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit is definitely a competent spy movie. But one can raise questions about the story. The Russians are represented here as terrorists and haters of America and England. Perhaps I wouldn't take this so seriously were it not for all the other anti-Russian propaganda that's being released by the establishment nowadays. Back in the 1980s Tom Clancy's novels were published to glorify the American and NATO armed forces and to demonize the Soviet Union. It's no accident that the dumb market-fundamentalist president Ronald Reagan praised Clancy's book. In the 1990s, after a change of politics in Russia, Clancy had to write about other alleged threats. It's interesting that even back then he began to demonize South American drug dealers, Islamic terrorists, and a rising China. He also continued to mock the Russians. This reveals how good the intelligence picture that Clancy was getting from the establishment really was. And, of course, Clancy's books continued to be adapted to film, this time with Harrison Ford in the leading role. In the 2000s the establishment's promotion of Clancy continued. His work spread into video games, and his novels could be purchased just about anywhere where books were sold. But Clancy was getting less respect. With a new wave of Anglo-American imperialist aggression it was now obvious that the real threat to peace is in London and Washington. And the alleged blunders and crimes that Clancy blamed on the Russians and others were now openly being committed by the British and the Americans. Clancy died on October 1, 2013. His books, however, are still there, which means that new films will be released in the years to come to demonize America's alleged enemies.
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