Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit

Critics 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


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

All Critics (181) | Top Critics (41) | Fresh (99) | Rotten (82)

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

    Sep 22, 2014 | Full Review…

    David Denby

    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.

    Mar 14, 2014 | Full Review…
  • The dim star wattage in this fifth rehash is palpable from the start.

    Jan 24, 2014 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

    Rex Reed

    Top Critic
  • Feels cobbled together from every other action movie you can vaguely remember having seen.

    Jan 23, 2014 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • Chris Pine headlines this post-Cold War spy caper whose pleasures are few and far between.

    Jan 23, 2014 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • This is the very definition of an OK thriller.

    Jan 21, 2014 | Rating: 1.5/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit

  • Mar 06, 2016
    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 Super Reviewer
  • Mar 14, 2015
    A thriller without personality or originality. It smacks of heavy re-writes designed to fix something beyond repair.
    Alec B Super Reviewer
  • Dec 24, 2014
    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 M Super Reviewer
  • Nov 29, 2014
    An overly complicated, action-devoid thriller that's supported by a fantastic ensemble cast but let down in most other areas.
    Isaac H Super Reviewer

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