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Sunday, January 26, 2014

Movie Review: Shadow Recruit!

What makes Jack Ryan fascinating that he is no field agent. He's an analyst with a background as a marine. Jack Ryan is no super spy like 007. He's deep involvement in his escapades was circumstantial. It is also the first time that Jack Ryan was used as a title character. No Clancy novel ever used a character name as a title.

But the dangers Jack Ryan faces can be real in the world of espionage. This shows the human limitations of Jack Ryan in these situations. The last Jack Ryan movie was The Sum Of All Fears with Ben Affleck as Ryan. It was intended as a prequel but it never had a follow up after it.

Chris Pine's performance as Ryan was OK but I cannot help but still see him as Captain Kirk. For Kenneth Branagh, I am not surprised that he performed well being a villain.

His background as a Shakespearean actor proved useful for this. Hopefully, this will start a new era for Jack Ryan because there are still more books about him that is yet to be adapted into a movie. Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit is released and distributed by United International Pictures and locally through Solar Entertainment Corp.

For the record, there were four Tom Clancy movie adaptations featuring Jack Ryan but this is the first movie that wasn't written by the author. This movie shows how Jack Ryan started in the Agency. Just like The Bourne Legacy movie, it is an interpretation or expansion of the Jack Ryan franchise.

Viewed last January 13, 2014 at IMAX SM Mall Of Asia. Like my Facebook page for more movie reviews and releases.

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