Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit

Chris Pine steps into the role made famous on screen by Alec Baldwin, Harrison Ford, and Ben Affleck.  And this time out, we get the origin story of Tom Clancy's international man of mystery, CIA operative Jack Ryan.  The film also features Keira Knightley as his love interest, Kevin Costner as his sage mentor, and Kenneth Branagh (who also directed the film) as the evil Russian out to destroy America.  The cast is perfect, and the frenetic pace and enjoyable action scenes keep it very watchable even though it's completely predictable.  To me, it's the very definition of a B+, fun and well made but nothing special that makes it a must see.

Grade: B+

Who is this movie for?   Most everyone will enjoy it.

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