Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit (2014)

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Critic Consensus: It doesn't reinvent the action-thriller wheel, but Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit offers a sleek, reasonably diverting reboot for a long-dormant franchise.

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Based on the character created by bestselling author Tom Clancy, "Jack Ryan" is a global action thriller set in the present day. This original story follow a young Jack (Chris Pine) as he uncovers a financial terrorist plot. 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 andthose 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). (c) Paramount
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PG-13 (for sequences of violence and intense action, and brief strong language)
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Action & Adventure , Drama , Mystery & Suspense
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Cast

Colm Feore
as Rob Behringer
Keira Knightley
as Cathy Muller
David Hayman
as Sergey Dostal
Kenneth Branagh
as Viktor Cherevin
Kevin Costner
as William Harper
David Paymer
as Dixon Lewis
Cotter Smith
as NY Police
Chris Pine
as Jack Ryan
Peter Andersson
as Dimitri Lemkov
Michael Siegel
as New York DWP Worker
Cheryl Lee Morrison
as Russian Henchman
Nonso Anozie
as Embee Deng
Matt Rippy
as FBI Lead Agent Simmons (Dearborn)
Frank Harts
as City Worker
Karen Shenaz David
as FBI Lead Agent
Andrew Byron
as Cherevin's Bodyguard
Ian Bonar
as Student
Lenn Kudrjawizki
as Constantin
Sam Rosen
as Running Banker
Gemma Chan
as Amy Chang
Georg Nikoloff
as Van Driver (T-Bone)
Eisa Davis
as FBI Explosives Expert
Derek Lea
as Cherevin's Bodyguard
Keiron Jecchinis
as Walter Reed Doctor
Michael Starke
as Auto-plant Worker
Bogdan Kominowski
as Mr. Borovsky
Erich Redman
as Ancient Priest
Jordi Casares
as Exfil Operator
Benny Maslov
as Cherevin's Security/CIA Payoff Guard
Angus Wright
as Tall Man
William Meredith
as Auto-plant Worker
Alec Utgoff
as Aleksandr Borovsky
Hannah Taylor
as Gordon-Sarah
Leonard Redlich
as Cherevin's Doctor
Daisy Ashford
as Student
James Grogan
as Exfil Operator
Seth Ayott
as Teddy Hefferman
Russell Barnett
as Scruffy Agent
Andy Butcher
as Cherevin's Guest Driver
Montego Glover
as CIA Agent
Mike Houston
as CIA Agent
Santino Fontana
as Running Banker
Parker Sawyers
as Corpsman
Maggie Daniels
as Mrs. Borovsky
Nathan Wiley
as Corpsman
Mike Noble
as Junior Analyst
Chinasa Ogbuagu
as NY Police
Aleksandar Aleksiev
as Cherevin's Bodyguard
Steven Merkel
as FBI Agent
Alexander Aleksiev
as Cherevin's Bodyguard
Lloyd Bass
as Harper's Driver/Exfil Operator
Marat Berdyyev
as Sorokin's Bodyguard
Nick Court
as Field Doctor
Hubert Hanovich
as Maitre D
Terry Cade
as Russian Henchman
Amy J. Kim
as UN Announcer
Kate Arneil
as Distinguished Woman
Meghann Marty
as UN US Interpreter
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Critic Reviews for Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit

All Critics (164) | Top Critics (38)

"Shadow Recruit" is fun in a minor, winter-season way.

Full Review… | September 22, 2014
New Yorker
Top Critic

I'm aware that commercial and cultural forces require everything to be rebooted triennially with fresher, hotter stars. But this is the second time the Jack Ryan franchise has rejected a youth transplant.

Full Review… | March 14, 2014
Grantland
Top Critic

The dim star wattage in this fifth rehash is palpable from the start.

Full Review… | January 24, 2014
New York Observer
Top Critic

This is the very definition of an OK thriller.

Full Review… | January 21, 2014
Richard Roeper.com
Top Critic

Director Kenneth Branagh knows how to invest the ridiculous with a sort of grandeur - Exhibit A: the surprisingly fun Thor - but Shadow Recruit is more straightforward in nature, so he can't get too fancy.

Full Review… | January 19, 2014
Miami Herald
Top Critic

A pretty suspenseful, largely engaging, and hardly ever too-over-the-top spy thriller.

Full Review… | January 16, 2014
RogerEbert.com
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit

½

An unoriginal and forgettable movie so full of worn-out clichés and so far-fetched that it will only be surprising or exciting for someone who has never seen anything in their lives before, with also an intrusive, clichéd score and a good cast that certainly deserved better.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer

½

Starting out slowly to give some (superficial) background to the character and the economic aspect of the premise does not sound all that interesting at first. But once the terror threat enters the equation the film kicks into gear for a really fast, well done and exciting second half. Then it's great thriller entertainment culminating in a pretty great showdown.

Jens S.
Jens S.

Super Reviewer

Here's the latest entry in the Jack Ryan franchise, as a complete reboot. Ryan(Chris Pratt) tries to stop a financial terrorist. Although the movie is decent, it's the same as most spy/espionage movies, and doesn't really bring anything new to the table. The cast is good, although Keira Knightley is completely wasted. Her role could have been played by anyone. Pratt does good, and I'd like to see what else he can do with the character. As a jumping off point for a new franchise, it's OK. But if they make a sequel that doesn't improve a lot, this franchise won't have any legs, and will have to wait to be eventually rebooted. Worth a rental or bootleg, but I wouldn't buy it. Not something I'll be clamoring to watch again anytime soon.

Everett Johnson
Everett Johnson

Super Reviewer

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