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Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit - 24/1/2014 7:04:57 PM   
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- 24/1/2014 7:04:57 PM   


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Better than The sum of all fears. Enjoyable action thriller. I can't see this making enough money to continue the franchise. I would recommend waiting for dvd and a few beers. Enjoyed it but not worth the trip to the cinema.

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Missing a certain something - 24/1/2014 10:01:55 PM   


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It ain't bad and captures much of the young Ryan without too much conflict with the books. Certainly it shows his as a smart thinking analyst and not too much of an action hero. Interestingly the latest book also features a young Ryan working in the city of London Finance side.
Three bits here, the young Ryan up to joining the CIA after an injury as a Marine. Then we have Ryan doing mission impossible stuff in Russia followed by a bit of action back in New York.
It's okay but kind of forgettable.

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really enjoyed it - 24/1/2014 10:29:48 PM   


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This film was miles better that I was expecting. After a delayed release from Boxing day to dumped right in the middle of Jan where it could drown among the Oscar hopefuls. An iffy marketing campaign, featuring truly rubbish poster(s), and a trailer that was neither one thing or the other.
But, this movie was great fun. Firstly, I thought everyone was great. And I really don't like Knightly, but she's fine here.
Secondly, and this is where the film should get credit. It doesn't try to be a Bond, Bourne, or Hunt type film. It very much reminded me of previous Jack Ryan movies. I found it to be very well paced, I found myself on the edge of my seat pretty much throughout the entire film.
If I had a criticism. It could be said that it doesn't feel particularly cinematic, but rather an extended episode of Homeland on the big screen (series one that is, before it went totally shit).

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RE: Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit - 28/1/2014 12:46:06 AM   

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It's more Mission Impossible than James Bond, but throughout, it lacks the fun, style or wit of either. The film is reasonably competent at what it's doing, but that's just not particularly great. Initially crammed with computer idiot-displays which don't exist in the real world, and top-secret organisations with the weakest security money can buy, it doesn't take long before it resorts to good old car chases and men punching the stuffing out of each other.
Not *absolutely* awful, but you deserve better, frankly.


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RE: Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit - 28/1/2014 1:24:21 PM   


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Its a little formulaic at times but its enjoyable for the most-part. I thought Knightley did a good job in this movie... her charecter could have been a little annoying and the whole couples-therapy thing could have slowed the film down but it actually added a new element. Branagh was fantastic as the Soviet and did a decent job directing. Think I scored it 7/10

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RE: Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit - 29/1/2014 7:42:46 PM   
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This is, amazingly, the second time Paramount has decided to reboot Tom Clancy’s hero, and I’m rather pleased it seems to be under-performing, because it’s by far the worst of the five [so far] Jack Ryan films. This is as soulless and generic a would-be blockbuster as you can get, a film made up of spare parts from better films but with hardly any life of its own as it rips off Casino Royale, The Peacemaker and a whole load of others. For God’s sake, if you’re going to re-use situations like where the hero is married and has to keep his job a secret, then at least try and put a fresh spin on them. Jack Ryan is quite clearly made for idiots with no attention span, as it rushes through its set-up at such speed that it feels like edited highlights from a much longer movie. The love story suffers worst in this respect as we go from Cathy helping Jack to walk to the two shacked up and engaged.

Of course once the film turns into an action movie said action is handled in the fast edit/ shakycam fashion that is contaminating modern cinema. The final third is so bad in fact that I’d barely call it a film, just some idiot waving a camera about, as with most of You're Next. It’s terribly sad to see Kenneth Branagh sink so low as to indulge in this kind of crap, though the fault lies as much with the often atrocious cinematography of Haris Zambarloukos. There’s one scene when Jack is in a taxi and his driver points out the Russian buildings and says they look like "the top of a cake". The problem is that the bloody camera is completely out of focus when it tries to show what he’s talking about. All you see is just a fuzzy blur! If you ignore all this, there is some meagre entertainment to be had with Jack Ryan, at least in the first two thirds, where there is sometimes a modicum of suspense of some scenes, and amazingly there’s a natural performance for once from Keira Knightley, who usually looks like she’s acting, though Chris Pine is the uncharismatic piece of wood he usually is. It generally feels like they didn’t try much with this film, while parts of it are really bad and show an ineptitude in film-making that is sadly getting more and more prevalent.


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RE: Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit - 29/1/2014 11:27:03 PM   


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It’s been thirty years since the publication of the late Tom Clancy’s novel The Hunt for Red October in which he introduced heroic CIA agent John Patrick Ryan, Sr. who made his cinematic debut six years later in the film adaptation of Red October with Alex Baldwin who to this day remains as the best incarnation of Jack Ryan. Twelve years after the Ben Affleck-starred reboot The Sum of All Fears, Clancy’s Ryan gets a second cinematic reboot with Captain Kirk himself Chris Pine in the lead.

After a major injury from his time as a US Marine, Jack Ryan is recruited by William Harper (Kevin Costner), an official with the CIA. Working as a covert analyst, Ryan looks into suspect financial transactions that would indicate terrorist activity at the hands of Russian businessman Viktor Cherevin (Kenneth Branagh) who has dastardly plans for America.

When it was announced that the Jack Ryan series was getting rebooted with Chris Pine in the lead, this did seem to be an obvious attempt to attract a younger audience, even though it somewhat failed at the US Box Office. Unlike the previous Jack Ryan outings it is not an adaptation of a particular Tom Clancy novel, but rather an original story. The script – co-written by David Koepp – does have an interesting political backdrop the economy war between Americas and Russia, it feels more like a contemporary rehash of elements we’ve seen from all the Cold War/conspiracy thrillers (such as a meeting secretly taking place in a cinema showing the 1948 noir Sorry, Wrong Number).

In the post-Bond/Bourne world, Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit is also derivative of those franchises, in terms of action i.e. close-up shaky-cam fistfights. The film is at its best when it does traditional espionage suspense as in sequences that are about Ryan’s skills in stealth, infiltration and detection. As director, Kenneth Branagh knows how to do dialogue sequences having been a man of the theatre and the banter between him and the actors gives the film some life, though Branagh really chews the scenery as the heavy-accented Cherevin who is the clichéd Russian baddie that could’ve existed in a Bond movie.

As the fourth actor to play the eponymous Ryan, Chris Pine does a serviceable job stepping into the role, despite following his superior predecessors, as well as still looking like James Kirk. While Keira Knightley tries her best as Ryan’s future wife Cathy which is perhaps a meatier role than she can handle, Kevin Costner is having fun as the mentor who mostly hides within the shadows.

Being based on original material as oppose to the works of Tom Clancy, this reboot loses some of the intelligent espionage suspense that made the Jack Ryan series great, but Kenneth Branagh does a solid job at making an actioner that is in part a homage to those Cold War thrillers from the past.

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