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Despite a commanding performance from Michael B. Jordan, Without Remorse fails to escape its outdated patriotic tropes and forced franchise place settings. Read critic reviews

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As formulaic as it is implausible, Tom Clancy's Without Remorse delivers the bare minimum as an action thriller -- and will leave Clancy fans particularly disappointed. Read audience reviews

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An elite Navy SEAL uncovers an international conspiracy while seeking justice for the murder of his pregnant wife in Tom Clancy's Without Remorse, the explosive origin story of action hero John Clark -- one of the most popular characters in author Tom Clancy's Jack Ryan universe. When a squad of Russian soldiers kills his family in retaliation for his role in a top-secret op, Sr. Chief John Kelly (Michael B. Jordan) pursues the assassins at all costs. Joining forces with a fellow SEAL (Jodie Turner-Smith) and a shadowy CIA agent (Jamie Bell), Kelly's mission unwittingly exposes a covert plot that threatens to engulf the U.S. and Russia in an all-out war. Torn between personal honor and loyalty to his country, Kelly must fight his enemies without remorse if he hopes to avert disaster and reveal the powerful figures behind the conspiracy.

Cast & Crew

Jamie Bell
Robert Ritter
Guy Pearce
Secretary Clay
Brett Gelman
Victor Rykov
Cam Gigandet
Keith Webb
Taylor Sheridan
Screenwriter
Will Staples
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David Ellison
Executive Producer
Dana Goldberg
Executive Producer
Don Granger
Executive Producer
Brian Oliver
Executive Producer
Bradley J. Fischer
Executive Producer
Denis L. Stewart
Executive Producer
Gregory Lessans
Executive Producer
Philippe Rousselot
Cinematographer
Matthew Newman
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Jon Thor Birgisson
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  • May 13, 2021
    Tom Clancy's Without Remorse is Tom Clancy without Tom Clancy. It bears no resemblance to the famous author's 1993 novel even though the entire production feels remorseless about being generic military thriller genre grist. There's nothing to spark the imagination here, no signature action sequence or well developed turn of events, no colorful personalities or hissable villains. It's all predictable from the opening credits onward, from the opening missing that cannot go according to plan, to the assumption of the short shelf-life for the pregnant wife in Act One, to the Obvious Red Herring Antagonist and the Obvious Real Antagonist played by the big name actor, to the presumptuous preparations for building a franchise in post-credit sequences. The best thing about Without Remorse is Michael B. Jordan as our lead Navy Seal seeking vengeance and climbing the ladder of international conspiracy. Jordan gives a far better performance than this material and movie deserves, always demanding your attention. He's charismatic even in generic thrillers like this one, and it is the definition of a generic military thriller lost in the dull minutia of a thousand other similar movies. There's really nothing separating this movie from the glut of direct-to-DVD action thrillers starring the likes of Bruce Willis (who filmed his part over a weekend). The motivation for the villain's plot to kick-start another global war with Russia is laughable when there's a ideological motivation within reach that would have worked and been interesting, namely declaring Russia already an enemy of the country and forcing those in power to fight the war they are ignoring. Instead, the stated rationale is so much dumber. If you're a fan of these kinds of action thrillers, or the sub-genre that Clancy carved out for himself for decades, then you'll likely find enough to pass the time with Without Remorse. It had glimmers where it could have stepped outside the mighty shadow of its influences. I wouldn't have been surprised if this was starring Dolph Lundgren rather than Michael B. Jordan. Nate's Grade: C
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  • May 04, 2021
    Without Remorse had been stuck in development hell for the better part of twenty years. It's a shame that this film failed to release during the Harrison Ford era of Jack Ryan to capitalize on what could've been an espionage shared universe. The issue I had with Without Remorse was the simplistic narrative of the story and how it abandoned the plot story of the source material. I enjoyed the film and it certainly plays to the fans of Ghost Recon but it is generic and never overcomes the cliche narrative. I hope the film garners a follow-up as that final setup has been a long time coming. The film is a buildup to a larger universe and it would be nice if they can step forward and away from cliche storytelling if a sequel or spin-off is created. 03/05/2021
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  • May 02, 2021
    This was just so -- meh. For a Prime (or Netflix) original, that typically would just be par for the course, but for writer Taylor Sheridan (Sicario, Hell or High Water, and Wind River) and director Stefano Sollima (Sicario: Day of the Soldado and ZeroZeroZero), WIthout Remorse is a massive let-down. Lazy, predictable, cliched, and preposterous, just a few action scenes (Michael B. Jordan holding his own against a massive riot squad in a prison cell) and a few performances (an unrecognizable Guy Pearce as government bureaucrat) are decent which make it somewhat watchable. I hope this was just one-off misstep for Sollima and Sheridan. [EDIT]: I re-watched Sicario: Day of the Soldado, their last collaboration, to remind me why I like them both and damn if it wasn't 10x better than this.
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