The Movie Review: “Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit”

If James Bond has taught us anything about spy movies is that they can be more than typical blockbuster action films with some run and gun mission. They can be smart, too, with the addition of real world problems whether it’s drugs, gangs, terrorists, or even political conflicts.

Not every Bond thriller hit the mark of something that was so smart it should be applied to our government, but it was certainly interesting to see how something this built up and serious would play out given the intelligence of agents. The problem here is that there aren’t a lot of other spy movies besides the 007 franchise or Mission Impossible series that I can count up as something stimulating and exciting.

Take Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy for example. It was based on real life conspiracies within British Intelligence about moles that were actually working for the Soviet Union. Now this is something that could have been interesting, but the problem here was that the movie played out too real. The final result was boring with too many spies looking similar with spy stuff that felt too familiar. So let’s see if Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit can finally add on another memorable intelligence/adrenaline rush that’s not 007 related.

A college student studying economics, Jack Ryan (played by Chris Pine), is affected enough from 9/11 to alter his course to instead fight in the Marines. Jack barley survives a helicopter crash that puts him in a long rehab. Here is where he meets his future fianc

6 Responses to "The Movie Review: “Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit”"

  1. Jim L   February 7, 2014 at 12:57 pm

    I knew nothing about Jack Ryan, when I stopped by the theater, with a few hours to kill, today. I thoroughly enjoyed myself. Plenty of action, I like the way they portrayed him experiencing this stuff, for the first time.I too, thought of James Bond, at times, during the film. The only place I differ with Robert, I didn’t think the film started too slow. I think they were trying to contrast it with what happens throughout the rest of the film (but, I was just trying to enjoy the film, not analyze it).

    I would recommend this movie.

  2. Darin   February 7, 2014 at 8:41 pm

    A prime example of the ignorance of the news media JACK RYAN IS THE NAME of Tom Clancy’s character in a lot of his books and this IS NOT the first time we have seen Jack ryan come to the big screen Jack Ryan is the name of the character played by Alec Baldwin in Hunt for Red October and Harrison Ford in Patriot Games and Clear and Present Danger, and Ben Affleck in Sum of All Fears.

  3. Kathy   February 8, 2014 at 7:32 am

    I had not planned on seeing this movie, but it fit into my schedule. I loved it! It provided me with the entertainment I was looking for and kept me on the edge of my seat at times. I would recommend this move.

  4. Will   February 8, 2014 at 5:15 pm

    New media, Darrin?

  5. Kerry   February 9, 2014 at 1:50 pm

    It was a horrible movie. US-Russia politics? Is this 1984?

  6. Tobyman   February 9, 2014 at 5:34 pm

    But for my first film about him, it was a lot better then I thought

    You might try learning how to use the English language before writing reviews…. it’s a lot better THAN I thought


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