Jack Ryan
Thursday 6th February 2014 @ 13:57 by Nigel Skinner
Film Reviews

I came to Shadow Recruit a little late, but my, I’m glad I got there in the end.

Jack Ryan working as a young covert CIA analyst uncovers a Russian plot to
destroy the U.S.
economy with a terrorist attack, causing global financial meltdown.

I wasn’t in a hurry to see this one after watching the appalling trailer, but I must say I was pleasantly surprised.

We follow the story of Jack Ryan,
(favourite and enduring fictional character of author Tom Clancy), and his journey from military retirement through injury, to recruitment by the CIA as an undercover agent, (the standard action film plot), yawn.

Within the first 10 minutes we are dragged into the hard-hitting story with explosions and bangs as Jack Ryan suffers his first, but by no means his last, injury of the film.

The story is pretty solid and well written; I didn’t once find myself wondering what’s going on, unusual for me that. With lots of quantum time leaps we travel from pre 9/11 to the present day. I didn’t get lost in all the time travel either!

It’s all rather simple to understand really, but somehow manages keep you on the edge of your seat throughout.

The name Jack Ryan will strike a note with many movie buffs as the all- American mili-
tary hero who pops up in such films as, Red Rabbit, The Hunt for the Red October, Patriot Games, Clear and Present Danger and The Sum of All Fears.

For those of you encountering him for the first time I think you’ll quickly warm to our all action hero. Its not unusual for a film character to have numerous incarnations and Jack Ryan has had many, each with a different actor, but this I like. Played by Chris Pine I think this new Jack Ryan might well be the one we’ll remember.

But I don’t think we can go a second more without mentioning the stunning Keira Knightley, playing Jack’s girlfriend (Cathy Muller), she really does pull out a great performance and slots perfectly into this type of action packed thriller, adding that extra attraction the film needs.

Kenneth Branagh directs and plays the villain of this piece the Russian Viktor Cherevin, managing both roles with perfect self-assurance.

Overall a really great film, though with the fast action scenes, large explosions and last, but certainly not least the delectable Keira Knightley one more for the boys perhaps. If you have a spare couple of hours grab a few friends and get down to your local Cineworld to see this one.

jack-ryan-shadow-recruit-poster1 by Fraser Cottrell