Movie Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit (2014)

Watched 20150909 (Netflix, Instant)
Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit (2014) Kenneth Branagh. 105 min [based on characters created by Tom Clancy]

Jack Ryan (Chris Pine)
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Thomas Harper (Kevin Costner)
Overall, I liked this movie. Of course, I like the overall genre to begin with (Jack Ryan, Bourne, James Bond, Mission Impossible, etc.).

Kevin Costner was pretty cool. I don't think I've really seen any of his movies. Or wouldn't know of any off the top of my head.

[Oh, I've seen Dances with Wolves (1990), Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves (1991), and Field of Dreams (1989)]

Perhaps my primary complaint is that Jack Ryan is the plausibility of Jack Ryan transitioning from an intelligent Marine to a bad-ass CIA agent.

Viktor Cherevin (Kenneth Branagh)
In particular, the chase scene towards the later part of the movie was literally unbelievable. Where'd he learn to drive like that?

I'd still recommend the movie to those who like action movies, at least Chris Pine looks the part (as opposed to Harrison Ford in Patriot Games (1992) or Clear and Present Danger (1994).

Instant Comments:
Pretty cool intro (first 12 minutes)
Interesting twist. I thought the maid look suspicious, but then...
Damn. That first kill...

Cathy Muller (Keira Knightley) (left)
"You sold this as an analyst job."
Damn, he's in some deep, deep shit.
Lol. I wonder if that's for real (that you get to tell your spouse).
"Things we regret."

Why did he take the lightbulb?
Oh, that's what it's for.
That's some driving. [A bit over the top relative to the character that's been developed.]

Holy. That scene.
I'm not sure why the trading was related to the explosion.
Damn, he tried.

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