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Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit (2014)

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Jack Ryan, as a young covert C.I.A. analyst, uncovers a Russian plot to crash the U.S. economy with a terrorist attack.

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Kenneth Branagh
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Chris Pine ... Jack Ryan
Keira Knightley ... Cathy Muller
Kevin Costner ... Thomas Harper
Kenneth Branagh ... Viktor Cherevin
Lenn Kudrjawizki ... Constantin
Alec Utgoff ... Aleksandr Borovsky
Peter Andersson ... Dimitri Lemkov
Elena Velikanova ... Katya
Nonso Anozie ... Embee Deng
Seth Ayott ... Teddy Hefferman
Colm Feore ... Rob Behringer
Gemma Chan ... Amy Chang
Aleksandar Aleksiev ... Cherevin's Bodyguard
Andrew Byron ... Cherevin's Bodyguard
Derek Lea ... Cherevin's Bodyguard
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Storyline

This new version of the saga of C.I.A. 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 C.I.A., 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,... Written by rcs0411@yahoo.com / revised by statmanjeff

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Trust No One

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

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Country:

USA | Russia

Language:

English | Russian

Release Date:

17 January 2014 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Moscow See more »

Filming Locations:

London, England, UK See more »

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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
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2.35 : 1
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The painting in Cherevin's office is Bogdan Willewalde's "Czar's Guard Captures 4th Line Regiment's Standard at Austerlitz". The Battle of Austerlitz was a victory for Napoleon, and the engagement depicted in the painting was the only major Allied success in the battle. Ryan later alludes to the painting and wrongly connects it to the Battle of Waterloo, where Napoleon used cannon fire to distract attention from his attack. Unlike Austerlitz, Waterloo ended in Napoleon's defeat. See more »

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[first lines]
Jack Ryan: Hey, what's going on?
Student: In there. It's on the news.
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Brainless, fun rebirth of Tom Clancy's all-American CIA hero.
7 February 2014 | by TheSquissSee all my reviews

Jack Ryan: nine novels (15 if you include the Jack Ryan Jr series), five films, four lead actors (Alec Baldwin, Harrison Ford, Ben Affleck & now Chris Pine) and two reboots. Tom Clancy's best-known character has endured and enjoyed a varied existence to say the least.

Intended as the second reimagining, Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit, is more a rebirth of the Marine turned CIA agent turned world-saving, death-defying, awe-inspiring, all American hero. Forget the books, ignore the timeline, disengage the brain, abandon reason, slice the pizza, sip the beer and settle down for a mindless romp. Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit is predictable fun with barely a toe in the world of reality but it is fun just as long as you forget to think.

Jack Ryan (Pine) is a student at the London School of Economics when terrorists fly two aeroplanes into the World Trade Centre towers. 9/11 prompts Ryan to make a career about-turn and join the Marines. Fast forward a few years and Ryan is undergoing intense rehab in a military hospital having barely survived after a chopper he was aboard was shot down in Afghanistan. Ryan is firstly observed and then recruited by the shadowy Thomas Harper (Kevin Costner) as a desk-bound CIA analyst, but a trip to Russia to investigate the nefarious financial dealings of Viktor Cheverin (Kenneth Branagh) elevates Ryan very swiftly to role of field agent, and an action man is (re)born.

Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit is neither as loud nor as brainless as last year's White-House-under-attack double act of White House Down and Olympus Has Fallen but it is about as much fun and has at least as many plot holes. The entire finale comes about as a result of a catalogue of unrealistically simple contrivances and there is no reason to have Ryan's girlfriend, Cathy Muller (Keira Knightly), anywhere near Moscow other than to sex up the film and redress the situation of the underused Anne Archer from the Harrison Ford years.

There are no prizes for acting here. Pine may have found franchise work for the next few years but Costner, Knightly and Branagh are here for the light relief and the easy pay cheques. Let's just hope that for each of them this is merely a short break from the superior work of which they are all capable.

Branagh, on double duties as actor/director, will have done himself a lot of favours here with the money men at the studios and it further cements his position as a gun for hire in Hollywood, but all these popcorn flicks he's turning out for the studios take him further away from shooting another series of Wallander for the BBC. And I for one am not happy about that.

It must be possible to make a thriller that is exciting, suspenseful, vaguely realistic and intelligent, but Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit isn't it. 'Fun' is fine but it isn't memorable or satisfying. Less a case of 'could do better', more a case of 'has been better.'

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