6.2/10
107,840
301 user 318 critic

Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit (2014)

Trailer
2:09 | Trailer

Watch Now

From $2.99 (SD) on Prime Video

ON DISC
Jack Ryan, as a young covert CIA analyst, uncovers a Russian plot to crash the U.S. economy with a terrorist attack.

Director:

Reviews
Popularity
2,282 ( 79)
2 nominations. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
...
...
...
...
Constantin
...
Aleksandr Borovsky
...
Dimitri Lemkov
...
Katya
...
Embee Deng
...
Teddy Hefferman
...
Rob Behringer
...
Amy Chang
...
Cherevin's Bodyguard
...
Cherevin's Bodyguard
...
Cherevin's Bodyguard
Edit

Storyline

This new version of the saga of CIA analyst Jack Ryan begins as Jack attends the London School of Economics. 9/11 happens. He subsequently enlists in the Marines, sustaining severe injuries when the chopper deploying him to Afghanistan is shot down. While in intense rehab, he grabs the attention of Harper, a man who works for the CIA and who would like Jack to finish his studies, get a job on Wall Street, and seek out terrorist plots through their financial transactions. Ten years pass. Jack finds anomalies in the accounts of a Russian named Cherevin and thinks he should go to Russia to check out what's going on. He's told not to tell anyone who he is, including his girlfriend Cathy, which makes her doubt him when she catches him in some lies. In Russia, Cherevin assigns someone to assist Jack, but when the two are alone, the man tries to kill Jack instead, so Jack kills him. Obviously, Cherevin is hiding something. Jack goes to meet him and says he'll bring his fiancée along, but ... Written by rcs0411@yahoo.com / revised by statmanjeff

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Trust No One

Genres:

Action | Drama | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for sequences of violence and intense action, and brief strong language | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Country:

|

Language:

|

Release Date:

17 January 2014 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Dubai  »

Filming Locations:

 »

Edit

Box Office

Budget:

$60,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$17,200,000, 19 January 2014, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$50,577,412

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$135,511,030
See more on IMDbPro »

Company Credits

Show more on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Chris Pine, who appeared in Star Trek (2009), takes over the role of Jack Ryan from Harrison Ford, who appeared in Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977). Keira Knightley, who appeared in Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace (1999), takes of the role of Cathy Ryan from Gates McFadden, who appeared on Star Trek: The Next Generation (1987). See more »

Goofs

The tail on Aleksandr in Dearborn is driving on the left side of the road, obviously located in UK, not Michigan. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Jack Ryan: Hey, what's going on?
Student: In there. It's on the news.
See more »

Crazy Credits

The title of the film doesn't appear until several minutes into the movie. See more »


Soundtracks

Remembrance
Written & Performed by Anna Shurochkina (as Nyusha)
Courtesy of First Music Publishing Ltd.
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

See more »

User Reviews

 
Lack of Depth Doesn't Feel Like Jack Ryan
17 January 2014 | by See all my reviews

This reboot feels like a knockoff similar to A Good Day To Die Hard. Both have chase scenes in Moscow and both were made relatively cheaply, well this one even more so. What disappointed me most was the attention to detail that Clancy was always famous for. A great deal is smoothed over to forward the plot in it's brisk pace. Previous Ryan films were capable of bringing depth to the peril and stakes as the players made their moves. Where previous Ryan films had large political stakes that brought real tension, the stakes here seem to be more economic than fear for great loss and limb, although the third act implies some mayhem. In general you can't really compare this cheap knockoff to a minor tent pole film that has a big enough budget to have a larger scope and sexier action scenes. The car chase is too generic in jump camera shots, etc. to feel much tension. But other spy thriller moments do thrill, so I will give this film enough credit to deliver on some of the goods. Another unflattering comparison is the Bourne Legacy reboot. It also suffered from lack of budget for a decent action punch.

Pine as Ryan is less inspired for me. Perhaps because his face has been seen quite a bit lately, or his characterisation has less depth. Same goes for the mentor character played by Kevin Costner. There is too little meat to chew on. A better move would have added a few more wrinkles (not necessarily plot twists), such as more than just a few shots of the terrorism plot brewing in the United States. I would support a sequel to this reboot if a better budget with some more meat pieces, and a story that is fleshed out better. I believe director Branagh is a capable but not exceptional director, and some scenes slightly miss the mark. The overall slick look that is also a trademark to Ryan films is missing here, although the production design is not lacking. My final analysis is that this is a film not based on a Tom Clancy novel that is an average of 900 pages of background, substance, and real drama. That lack of depth makes this thriller too transparent.


86 of 122 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 301 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page