Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit
Based on the character Jack Ryan created by novelist Tom Clancy. The new Ryan film is planned as an origin story, not derived from Clancy’s novels and ultimately featuring an earlier point in his career.
This film version is a beginning tale of sorts, dealing with the young Jack Ryan (Chris Pine). The story opens with him studying Economics in London during the time of 9/11. Soon after Ryan joins the Marines and heads to Afghanistan. He is hurt in a helicopter crash and one thing leads to another with Ryan eventually trying to deal with a Russian terrorist plot. There are several jump scenes in the film and a few edge-of-your-seat moments.
Chris Pine brings intensity and youthful rawness to the role and it is a shame that, despite the action and interesting story, that the content in language, sex and violence miss the mark so that we can’t award this movie our Dove Seal.