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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.


Kenneth Branagh
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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 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


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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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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USA | Russia


English | Russian

Release Date:

17 January 2014 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

London, England, UK See more »


Box Office


$60,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

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

Gross USA:


Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


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 »


At the end of the movie there are UK electrical wall sockets in a New York hospital. See more »


[first lines]
Jack Ryan: Hey, what's going on?
Student: In there. It's on the news.
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Faith of Our Fathers
Music composed by Patrick Doyle
Text by Frederick Faber and James G. Walton
Translated by Ekaterina Bogomolova
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Thrilling installment in which CIA analyst Jack Ryan must thwart the plans of a dangerous financier
19 October 2014 | by ma-cortesSee all my reviews

Exciting and moving prequel in which a young analyst , Jack Ryan, must carry out a risked assignment in Russia , there then goes into action ; being professionally played and directed by Kenneth Brannagh with a good cast such as Chris Pine as Jack Ryan , Keira Knightley and Kevin Costner . It deals with Jack Ryan, at the beginning he joins the U.S. Marine Corps after the 9/11 attacks . He is a Marine second lieutenant when the chopper he is riding in is shot down over Afghanistan . Ryan is critically wounded and during a lengthy rehab , he attracts the attention of Dr. Cathy and falls in love for her . Later on , as a young covert CIA analyst , he uncovers a Russian plot to crash the U.S. economy with a terrorist attack and then he goes to Moscu . But his girlfriend Cathy (Keira Knightley, though Felicity Jones, Evangeline Lilly, Kate Beckinsale and Jessica Biel were considered to play her ; however , Knightley was the early front runner and she ended up being cast) shows up and Jack has to tell her the truth about his undercover operation . Jack (at one point Ryan Gosling and James Franco were consider for the character, but in the end Chris Pine got the part) along with a ranking member (Kevin Costner) attempt to destroy a terrorist faction led by a magnate (this is the first time that Kenneth Branagh has played a Russian character), Cherevin company's owner , (whose logo clearly resembles one of Enron's drawing parallels between Enron scandal and Wall Street manipulation depicted in the movie) that threatens to induce a catastrophic conflict between the United States and Russia by detonating a bomb in New York City .

Jack Ryan's entry with lots of noisy action , thrills , chills , tension and amazing thriller . This blockbuster is an acceptable adaptation of the novel by Tom Clancy , companion to other prior renditions and it is first film in the franchise that isn't based on a specific novel in the Jack Ryan book series . Stirring outing filled with emotion , suspense , twisted intrigue and extraordinary nail-biting action scenes . This film is a prequel to the others in the Jack Ryan series . The 'Harrison Ford' films are direct follow-ups to The hunt for Red October (1990) despite the recast of Alec Baldwin's role . Therefore this film might be best understood as a reboot of the Jack Ryan series . Interesting screenplay plenty of twists , turns and thrills by David Koepp . The original screenplay written by Adam Cozad was entitled "Dubai" and was intended to be an action film starring Eric Bana. Paramount later asked Cozad to rewrite his old script and to change the lead character to Jack Ryan . Good production design , in fact , many scenes were filmed at the actual headquarters and adequate scenarios . The picture has a very good support cast who gives excellent performance such as Kenneth Branagh , Peter Andersson , Gemma Chan , Mikhail Baryshnikov and Colm Feore had a supporting role Sum of all fears (2002), the previous reboot of the Jack Ryan franchise starring Ben Affleck , he'd also played a main villain in Kenneth Branagh's Thor . Special mention to veteran Kevin Costner , he was actually the first actor offered the role of Jack Ryan Hunt of the Red October (1990), which was the character's first film appearance, but turned it down to make Dancing with wolves (1990) instead . Spectacular musical score fitting to action and suspense by Patrick Doyle . Colorful as well as atmospheric cinematography by Haris Zambarloukos , mostly filmed on location in Moscu , Russia . The picture was well directed by Kenneth Brannagh , though Jack Bender was originally attached to direct this film until he was replaced due to his commitment to work for another project .

This blockbuster is an entertaining adaptation of the novel by Tom Clancy , companion to ¨The hunt for Red October¨ by John MacTiernan with Alec Balwin and Sean Connery , followed by ¨Patriot games¨ (1992) by Philip Noyce with Harrison Ford taking over the role of Ryan from Alec Baldwin and again ¨Clear and present danger¨(1994) by Philip Noyce with Harrison Ford and Anne Archer as his wife . Then Harrison Ford dropped out of reprising the role of Jack Ryan because he and director Phillip Noyce could not agree on the script and Noyce ended up dropping out of the film as well . Furthermore , the prequel titled The Sum of All Fears (2002) by Phil Alden Robinson with Ben Affleck , Morgan Freeman , Bruce McGill ,John Beasley , Colm Feore and Philip Baker Hall . And finally , this Jack Ryan : Shadow Recruit (2014) , Tom Clancy's last film as a writer before his death on October 1, 2013 .

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