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
Paramount has rebooted the Jack Ryan Franchise for the second time following "The Sum of all Fears" in 2002, with this year's "Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit". It seems nowadays that the only way to sell a movie is to make sure to get the hero's name in the title (Alex Cross, Jack Reacher, and Jack Ryan of course). That, and to follow rigidly the same basic blueprint used in all watered down, generic Hollywood thrillers: minimal character development, a convoluted or uninteresting plot, blow a thing up here or there and shake the camera to add some intensity, and of course to have a clichéd romance to top it all off (There's gotta be a scene where you see a woman naked but covered underneath her bedsheets, or just stepping out of the shower, and of course those brief shots must be intercut into the trailer because SEX SELLS). The result is a decently entertaining, albeit underwealming and forgettable time at the movies. Paramount, I'm sure, is looking to continue making sequels with Chris Pine in the lead, and one can only hope that at some point they will actually adapt one of the five as yet unadapted novels from the original series by Tom Clancy. For this first movie, the filmmakers decided to kind of tell the origin story of Ryan, and unfortunately ignore the wealth of good material and go with a mostly original story, setting the character in a post 9/11 world. As with most movies of this type, most of the problems all come down to the script. Its just We've seen most of this stuff before, and done much better. Still, for a January movie this is like a cinematic masterpiece....Chris Pine playing himself for the millionth time actually makes for a pretty good Jack Ryan, and Kenneth Branagh is convincing as the Russian Villain and also does a competent job behind the camera. Not a bad movie, not a great movie, just a pretty good one.
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