Directed by Kenneth Branagh, Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit is based on the famous character created by author Tom Clancy. Jack Ryan (Chris Pine) attempts to halt a plot to collapse the U.S. economy by a Russian terrorist (Kenneth Branagh).
Performances by Kevin Costner as William Harper, the ally and father figure, and Branagh as the Russian villain are ‘okay’ and carry a film with an unoriginal and predictable plot. Keira Knightley as the token girlfriend has a laughable American accent, which is distracting.
The 106-minute film looks sleek with beautiful views of Moscow and New York but still has some very predictable cinematography.
Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit fits neatly into the action/spy thriller genre, but is lacking in imagination. Not one of the best Clancy adaptations. (LK)
BY LYNDSAY KENWRIGHT