Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit

Posted on January 17, 2014


Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit – Young Jack Ryan (Chris Pine) is a Marine Lieutenant who is recruited by CIA’s Thomas Harper (Kevin Costner) soon after his helicopter is hit in Afghanistan and he’s left with a damaged spine.  He starts as an analyst, then is quickly inducted into operations in order to stop a terrorist attack on Manhattan and financial catastrophe on Wall Street.

Kenneth Branagh directs and stars as Viktor, the Russian bad guy, charm combined with cruelty, and he is sparkling at it.  There is plenty of suspense to keep you on the edge of your seat while you’re eating your nails, and action  with crazy car chases and crashes.  They hand off stolen wallets and flash drives splendidly.  It’s  a very entertaining movie.

Pine looks like a “boy scout on a field trip.”  This is offset by Costner’s maturity and makes it more believable.  Looking forward to the next adventure.