Trailer Review: “Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit” – Hopeful Yet Familiar

Written by Leo Panasyuk October 09, 2013

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“If You Find the Truth, Will You Believe It?”

Chris Pine has really been coming into his own lately and establishing himself as a formidable action protagonist. With his most well-known role as Captain James T. Kirk in J.J. Abrams’ “Star Trek” reboot series, he’s really proven he can tackle a large, familiar role and still be able to hold his own ground with it, breaking new ground in a character so renowned with many people. Here, in Kenneth Branagh’s “Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit,” Pine takes on the role of government agent Jack Ryan, created by the late Tom Clancy and played most famously by Harrison Ford, Alec Baldwin, and by Ben Affleck. Check out the trailer below:

So as you can see, there is a measure of originality in this project but it still feels similar to what we’ve come to expect from these government/espionage thrillers – good guy is likeable and relatable, has to hide his work from those closest to him, bad guy is foreign (Russian, in this case), bad guy is evil, bad guy threatens global security, good guy butts heads with bad guy. You know the rest. It’s a very simple premise that’s seen good days as well as bad days.

“This is Geo-Politics, Not Couples’ Therapy”

As far as direction goes we all know Kenneth Branagh is a considerable director with a careful touch. This time around Branagh is in front of the camera as well as behind it, playing what we think (because, keep in mind, this is Tom Clancy and nothing is to be taken at face value) is the film’s central antagonist, who’s as evil and Russian as they come, accent and all. Kevin Costner and Kiera Knightley co-star as Ryan’s boss and his girlfriend/wife, respectively. All in all, it should be interesting to see how this film turns out but only time will tell if it can live up to the new bar that’s been set by other spy films such as “Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol” and “Skyfall.”

What do you all think? Will this be another solid spy flick or will this be as bad as “The Bourne Legacy”? Let us know in the comments below!

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About Leo Panasyuk

A fan of all things film, Leo never really lets himself get tied down to one specific genre. He's always interested in watching new and old films and especially loves the IMAX format. When he's not choosing which movie to watch next, he's studying Film and English at Western University.

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