Aparna (inspirethoughts) wrote,

Movie Critique 2016 – 05/04/2016: Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit

Continuing with the critiques I started in 2015, here is the next in series – a movie review.
Prologue: Go here.

Stars: 3.5 / 5
Recommendation: A spy thriller that puts you back to Harrison Ford and likes era yet keeping in the current time.

I love the Jack Ryan series of movies that Harrison Ford had played as Jack in. But I hadnt seen the one that Alec Baldwin was portrayed as Jack (The Hunt for Red October in 1990) and little more recent one that Ben Affleck portrayed as (The Sum of All Fears in 2002). And yet another one had been made in 2014 titled Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit. All the previous movies were based on Tom Clancy's books but this movie was its own plot. Chris Pine portrayed as Jack Ryan in this fifth installment. The movie not being made from a Clancy book I had hesitated to watch it in theater. But later watched on TV. Here is my take on the film.

Jack Ryan (portrayed by Chris Pine) after witnessing the 9/11 attacks discontinues his studies at London School of Economics and joins the U. S. Marines. He becomes a Second Lieutenant and while fighting in Afghanistan injures his spine. While undergoing therapy and recovery he warrants attention of a medical student, Cathy Muller (portrayed by Kiera Knightley) and a CIA official Thomas Harper (portrayed by Kevin Costner) who recruits him. Ten years later Jack is engaged to Cathy and works as a covert CIA operative at Wall Street. His job is to look for suspicious transactions that might lead to terrorist activities. He stumbles upon a conspiracy involving Viktor Cherevin (portrayed by Kenneth Branagh), a Russian tycoon. Jack goes to Moscow investigate further. The rest of the movie surrounds on how Jack uncovers a plot to collapse the U.S. Dollar and cause crash in U. S. Economy.

Even though it is hard for me to believe someone so intelligent that he could look at patterns at a very high rate of speed (perhaps there are such people in these powerful organizations like FBI, CIA, etc.), yet it is a well-made movie similar to Harrison Ford's Jack Ryan movies. Interesting plot and surprising twists with good performances through and through by all actors. The movie shows Jack Ryan as a young CIA recruit as opposed to Clancy's books where he is already in CIA and also becomes US President in later books. Since this plot was written in a parallel universe the I suppose the story line can change accordingly. Chris Pine definitely fit the part of Jack Ryan. But I wasn’t particularly impressed with Kiera Knightley's performance. I would have loved to see the next generation Jack Ryan movies similar to Clancy books, but this wasn’t that bad either. Seeing Jack with the current technology is thrilling as well.

Spoiler Alerts:
1) The director for this movie was Sir Kenneth Charles Branagh. I had admired him so much for his role as Kurt Wallander in Wallander - a British TV series adapted from the Swedish novelist Henning Mankell's Kurt Wallander novels. I have a post coming up about that too..keep watching this space.
2) Kevin Costner is one of those few actors that I would watch any movie that he is put in - even if it bombed at box office. His presence commands everyone.
3) In one of the scene Jack is seen meeting his informant in a movie theater that was playing 1948 American suspense thriller Sorry Wrong Number. I found another movie for my posts. :P

Tags: critique by amateur, movies, reviews

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