Based on Tom Clancy’s characters, Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit centers around a CIA analyst who unknowingly uncovers a Russian plot against the United States. Fast-paced, heart-pounding, all-out action makes this film a must see! The film stars Star Trek’s Chris Pine along with Keria Knightly, Kevin Costner and Kenneth Branagh.
Pine was made to play the title character. With his unbelievably convincing moments of utter pain and struggle to the physical stunts, he is right on point. With training no doubt from Star Trek, he has mastered the balance between good humor and raw emotion. With help from Costner and Branagh, Pine is set up for success. Branagh, who also directed this film, plays the main bad guy who has more to loose than gain. Undying devotion to his country and riding shame from his family, Branagh brings a more somber tone to the film.
Knightly, due to writing more than anything, was the weakest character. Her unnecessary American accent coupled with her simple lines made her a forgettable presence on screen.
From intense sequences of action to engaging scenes of intellectual banter, Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit sets the bar high for this year’s action films. Here is one movie goer who hopes there will be a sequel.