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Lamar Reviews-Jack Ryan:Shadow Recruit

Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit

This wasn’t supposed to be a January movie. It was originally scheduled for release in December but got bumped for a new Holiday Classic The Wolf of Wall Street. This is the fifth movie with the Jack Ryan character from the Tom Clancy novels. Chris Pine is the fourth actor to play Jack Ryan. Ale Baldwin played him in The Hunt for Red October. Harrison Ford played him in The Patriot Games and Clear and Present Danger. Ben Affleck played him in The Sum of All Fears.

This movie is the only one not based on a Tom Clancy novel. This is an origin story and a reboot for the franchise. I think Chris Pine, who did a good job as Captain Kirk in the last two Star Trek movies, will be able to grow into a pretty good Jack Ryan but he’s got a little work to do. The good thing is they didn’t just throw him into the role and hope he could pull it off. They put Kevin Costner in as Harper his CIA handler to do a lot of the heavy lifting and he does a great job.
Costner is going to be in 5 movies this year. Jack’s fiancée Cathy is played by Keira Knightley. Kenneth Branagh directed the movie and also stars as the Russian villain Viktor Cherevin.
That Russian accent just screams villain! We haven’t had a good Russian villain in a long time and I’ve missed that. You can’t go Middle Eastern every time. We had to give up the Germans after the Nazi period, plus we love their cars. Can’t do the Japanese because we need the electronics. We can do Chinese but have to be careful because we owe them so much money. Canada is out of the question because they are too polite “don’t ya know”; although Justin Bieber is turning out to be a sleeper agent that might bring us down from within.

Jack is a college student when 911 happens. He joins the Marines to protect the country. He’s injured in a helicopter attack and his heroic efforts catch the attention of the CIA. He becomes an undercover analyst on Wall Street looking for patterns that could lead to a terrorist attack. He uncovers a Russian plot to sell billions of American dollars during a terrorist attack which will destroy our economy. That seems excessive since given a little more time I’m pretty sure we’re gonna do that to ourselves! He flies to Russia to pin point the time of the attack. He goes from auditing the books to fighting for his life while trying to save the country.

Lot of action, the spy stuff works and the acting is good. If you are a Tom Clancy fan you won’t be disappointed. It’s an hour and forty five minutes, Rated PG-13 for violence, action, and strong language.

I’m giving it 4 Buds

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