"Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit" Movie Review: 2 Stars
by Michael Phillips
The best moment in "Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit" allows the director and crucial supporting player
Branagh plays a heroin-addicted Russian terrorist in this routine franchise reboot, and when he's at dinner in
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Then he gets word via text that it's all a setup.
"Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit" has plenty of action, almost all of it staged and edited in the manner of a Paul Greengrass "Bourne" movie (hand-held frenzy, without the Greengrass spatial clarity).
This is a Jack Ryan prequel, introducing our hero as an American grad student at the
The middle of the film, the
The action climax, a mess of vehicular near-homicides and hand-to-hand brutalities, reminds you that Branagh (though he did well enough with the first "Thor" picture) hasn't much facility for high-velocity violence. He's more into the quiet, nasty bits.
"Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit," well acted up and down, feels caught halfway between being an idiotic spy picture for adolescents, and a reasonably grown-up thriller for reasonably grown-up grown-ups. The latter isn't the target demographic for the average franchise re-launch. But that's what the film is, at heart: an average franchise re-launch.
MPAA rating: PG-13 (for sequences of violence and intense action, and brief strong language). Running time: 1:45.
"Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit" Movie Trailer
Based on the character created by bestselling author Tom Clancy, "Jack Ryan" is a global action thriller set in the present day. This original story follow a young Jack (Chris Pine) as he uncovers a financial terrorist plot. The story follows him from 9/11, through his tour of duty in Afghanistan, which scarred him forever, and into his early days in the Financial Intelligence Unit of the modern CIA where he becomes an analyst, under the guardianship of his handler, Harper