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Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit (2014)
Excellent Action Movie
I'm not going to go into plot and all since the 170 so reviews before this one have pretty much already described that. I am writing this review because of my absolute shock at the level of negative reviews on this movie. Did all the haters write reviews or what?
No, this isn't an artsy far$$y, coming of age, politically correct, message-of-the-day type of movie I want to BURN in a pile because it seems that is all that is coming out these days. Henry Cavill and Bruce Willis just did a similar (not quite as good) movie recently (sorry the name isn't coming to me) and it got torched by snooty reviewers, too.
I, for one, was delighted to just sit and watch a great action movie with eye candy, Chris Pine, as the lead. Something that was highly entertaining, full of great action, and NO POLITICAL BS to wade through. This movie was simply fun. I say that for all of you naysayers, for crying out loud, don't be so piggy. Some of us still want to see the thriller movies like the original Jack Ryan movies and the Lethal Weapon. I understand about violence and making the poor Russians look bad (per one reviewer - really? Do you NOT read or watch the news??? Putin must have cried at the end that the plot failed - no spoiler - we WATCH these movies because some of us are still realists and understand that Russia has been heavily financing the terrorists in Syria, Afghanistan, and now Iraq). It was wonderful to see a good old good guys (U.S.) vs. bad guys movie and the good guys win!!!!
Geez, people. Not everything has to be centered around some relevant principle you all here seem to want. This movie was meant to be entertainment and it got 10 stars from me because it fulfilled that Bill very well for me. I, personally, hope to see more of these wonderful, armchair gripping thrillers coming out of the entertainment industry in the future. I miss them!! Thank you Sir Kenneth Branagh for the great entertainment - don't let the haters stop you from making another exciting movie! I think I speak for most average people here. If we want complicated drama, we'll live our everyday life. When we go to the theater, pay the big bucks, most of us want to leave that heavy drama at the door and simply be entertained for a couple hours!
The Blacklist (2013)
Best Show Of The 2013 - 2014 Season. NBC Finally Hits One Out Of The Park
Th he Blacklist has already been disseminated and discussed herein quite sufficiently. But I might have something to add here. I watched Season 1 twice and encourage you to watch it again if you only watched it once. No spoilers, but knowing the finale, I found myself in tears many times the 2nd time around just knowing what was coming up.
I also want to add that if the Emmys pass James Spader by on this one, I will forever lose faith in them. After 22 episodes, twice, there is no actor comparable to Mr. Spader as Red Reddington in The Blacklist. Also, I hope the show goes up and wins, yes, even against the absolute excellence of Game of Thrones!
While the story itself isn't new to scripted television, what is new is the intelligence seen in every aspect of the story. The superb cast, the incredible writing and direction and production, and finally, the best season finale of any show in years!! This finale is not meant to be a cliffhanger, or a tease for the next season. It is a stand alone gift all wrapped up with the most perfect bow to the viewers.
What differentiates The Blacklist from every other show is that it assumes its viewers are intelligent, average people who simply want spectacular entertainment at the end of a long day. And it delivers in such a humble, simple way, yet is jaw dropping in what it conveys. THIS is the show average viewers want. No hidden messages about politics, no big outrageous "look at me, aren't I the best" endings. Simple and subtle and not complicated yet total excellence.
Looking forward to watching the next Emmys and the worthy Blacklist show and James Spader walking off the stage holding a well earned reward.