Flash Movie Review: Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit

I am so grateful I stopped using my charge card after the November Black Friday hacking scandal came to light. You see I used my card at that retailer over the weekend it was discovered and was concerned my account information got stolen. This past Saturday I received a phone call from the charge card company because they were detecting a suspicious transaction taking place on my account number. Someone in Plano, Texas was attempting to buy $41.28 worth of items at a grocery store, using an actual charge card with my number on it, at the checkout cash register. After telling the representative on the phone that I had the card in my possession here at home; she denied the purchase and closed the account, telling me a new account number and charge card would be issued and sent to me immediately. The reason I am mentioning it is because this happened just before I left to see this action thriller. The story involved electronic sabotage. Chris Pine (Star Trek franchise, Unstoppable) played Jack Ryan. After an injury ended his military career, Jack caught the attention of Thomas Harper, played by Kevin Costner (Dances with Wolves, Waterworld), who believed Jack’s skills would help the CIA foil a possible terrorist act against the United States. Possibly due to not having read the Tom Clancy books with Jack Ryan and my hacking episode, I enjoyed this action mystery film more than I though I would. Sure I still thought of Captain Kirk when Chris was on screen, but I thought his action scenes were well choreographed and his acting was good enough for the role. I thought Kevin did a fine job playing an older no-nonsense character. Keira Knightley (Anna Karenina, King Arthur) who played Doctor Cathy Muller was adequate, but the character felt more like it was there just to add a love interest into the story. As for Kenneth Branagh (My Week with Marilyn, Hamlet) who directed and starred as Viktor Cherevin in this movie, his direction and pacing was tight, keeping the story moving forward; I never felt a dull moment. However, his character was confusing to me because I did not quite understand his motives, nor thought he was intense enough. There were a couple of “you have to be kidding me” scenes but they played into the action scenes. If they make a sequel I probably would go see it. I just would not use my charge card to pay for it. There were a few scenes that had violence and blood.


2 2/3 stars


About moviejoltz

From a long line of movie afficionados, one brother was the #1 renter of movies in the country with Blockbuster, I am following in the same traditions that came before me. To balance out the long hours seated in dark movie theaters, I also teach yoga and cycling. For the past 3 years, I have correctly picked the major Oscar winners... so join me as we explore the wonder of movies and search for that perfect 4 star movie.

Posted on January 22, 2014, in Thriller and tagged , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 17 Comments.

  1. that target hack was really cool – they used a memory scrubber to pull the number out of the memory of the card processor. Who would think to encrypt the memory image?

    The bad guys do sometimes have the edge.

    • Can you believe it? I heard the hacker was not high tech, having bought the item off the shelf to do this massive hack. The world is getting scarier and I think we may all start going back and paying cash for everything. Good to hear from you Bill and I want to wish you and the family a happy and healthy new year. May the new year continue to include your fine postings.

  2. Great review. I actually really want to check this out!

  3. Nice and clear review, dear MJ, thank you. I think I’ll go to see this movie 🙂 bye

  4. Glad you got that fraudulent use of your credit card cleared up easily and quickly!

  5. waterwolrd????? dances with the wolves????? thought only i was that old!!!! lol

  6. Nice review. Mine went up today as well. Glad you like the film. You hit on several of the reasons why the movie works for me. But I mainly appreciated for its competency and honesty. It doesn’t try to be something it isn’t and it does what it does really well. It’s simple, old-fashioned fun and sometimes right after after an award season full of deeper, heavier films it’s good to get something like this.

    • I am in complete agreement with you Keith; just some old fashioned fun. Enjoyed your excellent review of this film. Thanks as always for coming by to share your thoughts: I always appreciate your insights.

  7. As I read this article, a commercial for the movie came on TV. Every time I see the commercial, I don’t see Jack Ryan, I see Captain Kirk. That alone has made me hesitant to see the movie. I may wait for Netflix on this one.

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