By Eddy Montilla.
Directed by: Kenneth Branagh.
Written by: Adam Cozad and David Koepp (based on characters created by Tom Clancy).
Genre: Action, suspense.
MPAA Rating: PG-13.
Starring: Chris Pine (Jack Ryan), Kevin Costner (William Harper), Keira Knightley (Cathy Muller) and Kenneth Branagh (Viktor Cherevin).
Running Time: 105 minutes.
Suspense is one of the most difficult genres in the film world because people who love suspense are in general good observers and critics. When they cannot find logical explanation to a scene, the only reason they don’t throw tomatoes or eggs is because all of that is now over. Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit (2014) does not have a good start. In the first minutes of the movie, the director had already put together three topics that can be considered empty clichés whenever you see spy or suspense movies these days: Terrorism in New York, Afghanistan and Russia, of course.
We know that making a film is business and a matter of money today, so movies must be sold and those topics mentioned before always draw people’s attention and take them to the movie theaters. However, the way that the most important part of the plot was presented is like a slap in the face for the audience’s intelligence. Jack Ryan uncovers a financial terrorist plot hatched by Russians to destroy US economy and somehow the global economy too. The first time Ryan entered the building where the plot had being hatched, he was accompanied all the time. He was warned that it was impossible for foreigners to move freely and, inside the building, there was a strict surveillance system. But some time later, our hero leaves his fiancée with a terrorist and enters the building as if he owned the place. Then my question is if the security agents were not guarding the area, what were they doing? Drinking vodka or watching the Sochi Winter Olympic games?
Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit has some acceptable moments, but in general it falls within the bounds of foreseeable movies and it does not have great impact. I particularly enjoyed watching Kevin Costner (William Harper) doing his job. I recommend you not to get your hopes up with this film and doing so, you can go home happier.
This article was originally published in the digital newspaper WORLD AND OPINION with Eddy Montilla.
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