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Worthy entry into the Ryan series, but more of a reboot than a prequel,
This review is from: Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit (Blu-ray + DVD + Digital HD) (Blu-ray)
I've been a fan of the Jack Ryan series (Both film and print) for several years and as someone who was really disappointed in The Sum of All Fears and Ben Affleck's turn as Jack, Shadow Recruit felt like a breath of fresh air to me.
Sure, it's not "The Greatest Movie Ever Made" and it won't win any awards, but it is a whole lot of fun.
Chris Pine does a very good job in the role of Jack.. When I first heard of this casting, I really didn't think too much of it, as it had been several years since I had first seen The Sum of All Fears and I completely erased any traces of Affleck's awful (my opinion) portrayal from my mind. I was pleasantly surprised by Pine. He reminded me a bit of Harrison Ford (Who is my favorite incarnation of Ryan) in Clear and Present Danger. Kevin Costner is pretty good as Tom Harper as well. I didn't really care for Keira Knightley as Cathy. but she was OK.
The script itself is pretty much standard action/suspense/thriller type material; so not fantastic and definitely better acted than it is written, but it entertains.
In all, I'd recommend Shadow Recruit to new Jack Ryan fans as well as longtime fans who are willing to keep an open mind and let the movie entertain.
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Initial post: Jan 4, 2015, 6:49:00 PM PST
Jas B says:
I was going to write a review and decided to read a few first. You pretty much said what I wanted to say. I will add that I thought too much of the film was spent telling us everything that was going on based on the computer screens in the van and Ryan's snapped-out hunches/suggestions. They did it in a sort of rushed, breathless way that they probably hoped would keep us from realizing that they could have just had someone narrate for several pages, pan away from the "van" or whatever the computer/communications stuff was in, and start the action up again. That was very unimaginative and irritating. And it was done more than once. I would have given it 2-3 stars. Disappointed.
Posted on Jan 10, 2015, 10:55:12 AM PST
Another Opinion says:
So agree with you about Keira Knightly, an actress that I otherwise admire. But I didn't like her in this role at all, try as I might.
Your other points are well-taken as well. Good review!
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