Jack Ryan is back…And he’s alot more tougher than I remember.
Perhaps a foreboding sign, the movie Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit is not based on a particular book by Tom Clancy. But the movie poster proudly states that the film is based on characters written by the author.
With that given information, the audience can clearly surmise that this is obviously a reboot with a Jason Bourne type spin.
The problem is the character of Jack Ryan isn’t Jason Bourne. He isn’t even a spy. He’s an analyst. He gets thrown into situations and is more likely to diffuse dicey scenarios with his brains and problem solving skills rather than with his brawn.
But Paramount Pictures is obviously hoping to turn this once proud property into a successful franchise for a new generation.
Apparently, the recipe for this reboot is a bit of Jason Bourne mixed in with James Bond, and for some added punch, let’s throw in the guy who played Captain Kirk into the mix.
But it’s not all mainstream, vanilla, doom and gloom. The production has some positive things going for it. The movie is directed by Kenneth Branagh and also features him as an actor, as the ominous bad guy of the story. Plus Kevin Costner is continuing his impressive comeback run, as the man charged with training the young Jack Ryan.
Of course we’ll have to reserve judgement for the final release. But I trust Kenneth Branagh. So I predict the film will be at least entertaining.
Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit stars Chris Pine, Kevin Costner, Keira Knightley and Kenneth Branagh. It is scheduled for release December 25th, 2013. Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit is directed by Kenneth Branagh.
The story follows him from 9/11, through his tour of duty in Afghanistan, which scarred him forever, and into his early days in the Financial Intelligence Unit of the modern CIA where he becomes an analyst, under the guardianship of his handler, Harper (Kevin Costner). When Ryan believes he’s uncovered a Russian plot to collapse the United States economy, he goes from being an analyst to becoming a spy and must fight to save his own life and those of countless others, while also trying to protect the thing that’s more important to him than anything, his relationship with his fiancée Cathy (Keira Knightley).