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Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit

Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit

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Cast: Kenneth Branagh, Chris Pine, Keira Knightley, Kevin Costner


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CIA analyst Jack Ryan (Chris Pine) uncovers evidence of a Russian conspiracy to destroy the U.S. economy, and races to protect his fiancée (Keira Knightley) while working with his seasoned mentor William Harper (Kevin Costner) to prevent a disaster of catastrophic proportions.


CIA analyst Jack Ryan (Chris Pine) uncovers evidence of a Russian conspiracy to destroy the U.S. economy, and races to protect his fiancée (Keira Knightley) while working with his seasoned mentor William Harper (Kevin Costner) to prevent a disaster of catastrophic proportions. Meanwhile, the malevolent Russian businessman (Kenneth Branagh) behind the terroristic plot awaits the perfect moment to set it into motion.

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All Movie Guide - Jason Buchanan
Just three short months after the death of author Tom Clancy, his iconic character Jack Ryan is reborn as a sort of Jason Bourne/James Bond hybrid in Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit, a throwback espionage thriller that finds the Cold War turning frosty again thanks to a malevolent Russian oligarch who hatches a terror plot to crash the U.S. economy. Despite being released into theaters in January -- a month typically known as a multiplex dumping ground -- those in search of a little celluloid sustenance to get them through the winter may be in for a pleasant surprise here: While this satisfying origin story doesn't exactly reinvent the spy film, it succeeds at holding us rapt thanks to both a cracking screenplay by David Koepp and newcomer Adam Cozad and some smart directing by multiple Oscar nominee Kenneth Branagh (who also impresses as the highly quotable Russian villain). We first meet Jack Ryan (Chris Pine) on that fateful September day back in 2001. Awoken from a peaceful sun nap on a college campus by the bustle of his fellow students, Ryan makes his way to a television set to see the World Trade Center on the verge of collapse. Flash forward three years to Afghanistan, where we now find Lieutenant Ryan serving his country on the front lines before nearly being killed in an RPG attack on a military helicopter. With the help of compassionate medical student Cathy Muller (Keira Knightley), Ryan eventually gets back on his feet. When he does, U.S. Navy commander Thomas Harper (Kevin Costner) is there to recruit him into the CIA. Ten years later, Ryan is living with Muller, now his fiancée, and leading a clandestine double life as a CIA analyst on Wall Street. When he uncovers evidence of a conspiracy to destroy the U.S. economy, he is sent to Russia to investigate the records of nefarious businessman Viktor Cherevin (Kenneth Branagh). A study of Cherevin's financial records has yielded some potentially disturbing discoveries, but it isn't until Ryan arrives in Moscow that he realizes that the truth is more terrifying than he could ever imagine. He is subsequently deemed an active agent, but his investigation is complicated when his suspicious fiancée unexpectedly shows up in his hotel room. Now, with time running out before Cherevin's diabolical plot is set into motion, Ryan must protect the person he loves most while preventing a disaster of historic proportions. Having first appeared onscreen in 1990's The Hunt for Red October, Jack Ryan has become a familiar name to moviegoers with a taste for intrigue. He's an astute character with a particular talent for thwarting apocalyptic plots, and Clancy's unique skill for placing him in a historical perspective has ensured a successful leap from page to screen. But, as anyone familiar with Hollywood can tell you, every great hero needs an origin story, and here Koepp and Cozad do a commendable job of building on Clancy's vivid mythology. Though detractors may complain that the writers are being too hasty in their attempt to portray the bulk of Ryan's backstory even before the opening titles, their efficient approach manages to tell us quite a bit about Ryan and his inner conflicts while smartly working within the sturdy framework established by Clancy. Likewise, once the main plot gets underway, they remain focused enough to maintain that brisk pace without sacrificing any character work; their skill for efficient dialogue complements the action and suspense quite nicely. As a director, Branagh appears harmoniously attuned to his writers' strengths. Every shot serves a purpose -- even if it doesn't appear clear to us in the moment -- and thanks to a smart bit of misdirection shortly after Ryan arrives in Moscow, Branagh effectively establishes an air of uncertainty that reverberates through the entire film. Together with Pine, the Oscar-nominated director uses Ryan's initial uncertainty to form the foundation of an assured hero whose willingness to test his own limits will ultimately guide him to greatness. In his role as Cherevin, the filmmaker draws on the strength of the adroit script as well, quite obviously relishing his villainous role with poetic threats, icy glares, and a penchant for menacing with energy-efficient lightbulbs. While Costner primarily appears to offer some levity early on, it's fun to watch him get in on the action as the story moves along, and even Knightley manages to become an effective junior agent when the opportunity arises. It may not be the best or most original spy film ever made, but in terms of maintaining tradition, Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit most certainly gets the job done, and chances are it would have made the author who created the character proud.

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Special Features

• Commentary: Commentary by Kenneth Branagh and Lorenzo di Bonaventura
• Featurette: Jack Ryan: The Smartest Guy in the Room
• Featurette: Sir Kenneth Branagh: The Tsar of Shadow Recruit
• Featurette: Jack Ryan: A Thinking Man of Action
• Featurette: Old Enemies Return
• Additional Scenes: Deleted & Extended Scenes (with optional commentary by Kenneth Branagh and Lorenzo di Bonaventura)

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Chris Pine Jack Ryan
Keira Knightley Cathy Muller
Kevin Costner William Harper
Peter Andersson Dimitri Lemkov
Kenneth Branagh Viktor Cherevin
Michael Starke Auto-plant Worker
David Paymer Dixon Lewis
Colm Feore Rob Behringer
Lenn Kudrjawizki Constantin
Alec Utgoff Aleksandr Borovsky
Elena Velikanova Katya
Nonso Anozie Embee Deng
Seth Ayott Teddy Hefferman
Gemma Chan Amy Chang
Alexander Aleksiev Cherevin's Bodyguard
Andrew Byron Cherevin's Bodyguard
Derek Lea Cherevin's Bodyguard
Andy Butcher Cherevin's Guest Driver
Lloyd Bass Harper's Driver,Exfil Operator
Marat Berdyyev Sorokin's Bodyguard
Leonard Redlich Cherevin's Doctor
Nick Court Field Doctor
Nathan Wiley Corpsman
Parker Sawyers Corpsman
Georg Nikoloff Van Driver (T-Bone)
Angus Wright Tall Man
Hubert Hanovich Maitre D
Alexander Mercury Waiter
Benny Maslov Cherevin's Security/CIA Payoff Guard
Terry Cade Russian Henchman
Lee Morrison Russian Henchman
Jordi Casares Exfil Operator
James Grogan Exfil Operator
Russell Barnett Scruffy Agent
Mike Noble Junior Analyst
Montego Glover CIA Agent
Mike Houston CIA Agent
Jordan King Aide
Santino Fontana Running Banker
Sam Rosen Running Banker
Karen David FBI Lead Agent
Matt Rippy FBI Lead Agent Simmons (Dearborn)
Denis Khoroshko Priest
Bogdan Kominowski Mr. Borovsky
Maggie Daniels Mrs. Borovsky
Erich Redman Ancient Priest
Amy J. Kim UN Announcer
Kate Arneil Distinguished Woman
Keiron Jecchinis Walter Reed Doctor
Ian Bonar Student
Daisy Ashford Student
David Hayman Sergey Dostal
Meghann Marty UN US Interpreter
William Meredith Auto-plant Worker
Hannah Taylor-Gordon Sarah
Michael Siegel New York DWP Worker
Frank Harts City Worker
Cotter Smith NY Police
Chinasa Ogbuagu NY Police
Steven Lee Merkel FBI Agent
Eisa Davis FBI Explosives Expert

Technical Credits
Kenneth Branagh Director
Makar Akhpashev Sound Mixer
Deborah Aquila Casting
Michael Barosky Sound Mixer
David Barron Producer
Robert Binnall Cinematographer
Lorenzo Di Bonaventura Producer
Adam Cozad Screenwriter
Frank G. de Marco Camera Operator
Evgeniy Dostal Asst. Director
Scott Dougan Art Director
Patrick Doyle Score Composer
Celia Duval Production Manager
David Ellison Executive Producer
Samir Foco Sound Editor
Peter Glossop Sound Mixer
Dana Goldberg Executive Producer
Elaine Grainger Casting
Tommy Harper Executive Producer
Toby Hefferman Asst. Director
Pavel Kapinos Camera Operator
David Koepp Screenwriter
Andrew Laws Production Designer
Jed Loughran Sound Editor
Bruce MacCallum Camera Operator
Mace Neufeld Producer
Alan Pierce Camera Operator
David Ready Co-producer
Tom Sayers Sound/Sound Designer
Paul Schwake Executive Producer
Christopher Surgent Asst. Director
Lucinda Syson Casting
Jill Taylor Costumes/Costume Designer
Paul Taylor Asst. Director
Julie Tucker Casting
Mark Vahradian Producer
Martin Walsh Editor
David Watkins Special Effects Supervisor
Tricia Wood Casting
Sergey Yahontov Production Manager
Haris Zambarloukos Cinematographer
Zaur Zaseev Asst. Director

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit
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5. Scene 5
6. Scene 6
7. Scene 7
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10. Scene 10
11. Scene 11
12. Scene 12
13. Scene 13
14. Scene 14
15. Scene 15


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Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Of all the movies based on Clancy's Jack Ryan character this, to me, is the best. Finally, there's someone playing Ryan as though he could be a former Marine! Hope there's a sequel!
dOrsay1008 More than 1 year ago
I like Jack Ryan movies because it contains action-packed scenes. Chris Pine played a convincing young Jack Ryan recruited from the marines to the CIA by Kevin Costner, while in the hospital recovering from back surgery. Pine played an intelligent and fast-thinking and reacting Jack Ryan. Keira Knightley did a nice job as his fiancé, and Kenneth Branagh portrayed the heavy. I don't know anything about directing, but I think Branagh did a pretty good job of it. It kept my interest, flowed well, and I liked the character interaction so I gave it 4 stars. 
FootballRN More than 1 year ago
Bought this for my son for his birthday. He was very happy to receive this and said it was really good.
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JRLayman More than 1 year ago
The strength of "Shadow Recruit" is its casting (particularly the decision of Kenneth Branagh to play the heavy) and cinematography. The writing was weak - perhaps an impossible task to pack so many unlikely events into such a small space. The movie also was also not characteristic of early Tom Clancy in thorough research and detailed moving parts (more recent Clancy not included). It will again fan the secret desires of analysts to be ops officers - doing the exciting things but not the day to day drugery of real life in the clandestine service!