January 24, 2014

Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit – Five Reasons You'll Love It
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Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit – Five Reasons You'll Love It

From today (January 24), Chris Pine (you'll know him best as Captain Kirk in the new Star Trek franchise) becomes the fourth actor to take on the role of Jack Ryan, the secret agent created by the sadly departed Tom Clancy.

Harrison Ford, Alec Baldwin and Ben Affleck have all played the role before, with varying degrees of success, but hopes are high for Pine, who stars alongside Keira Knightley, Kevin Costner and Kenneth Branagh, who is on double-duty, directing and playing the film's villain Viktor Cherevin.

We caught a preview screening last week and we've picked out five reasons why you'll love it, if you love big, glossy American thrillers that is…

 

It's got Kevin Costner back on form…

He's moved past the alpha-male, save the world part of his career and into an elder statesman role, it suits him rather well. As the hardened, wise-cracking, tough-love dispensing CIA man Thomas Harper he makes a great mentor to Pine's Ryan. It's great to see him back on form.

 

It's got a badass bike chase…

Any big action thriller must have a high-octane vehicle chase and Shadow Recruit's is one of the best we've seen in years. Ryan races through the streets of New York onboard a motorbike, flipping and jumping like a gymnast, it's superbly executed.

Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit
Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit Kenneth Branagh
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It's got a charismatic lead in Chris Pine…

Taking on the role of Jack Ryan has been a mixed blessing for actors with the ability to combine being a booksmart geek and ass-kicking agent proving a difficult balance. Pine manages to carry the day though and does it with a levity and charm that does full justice to the role. It's a great start.

 

It's worth seeing for Kenneth Branagh's Russian accent alone…

Part oligarch, part Bond villain, it's a classic take on the accent, worn with a look that suggests he'd be willing to nuke an entire city if it spilled some of his vodka, which he drinks constantly. There's no room for empathy for this villain, which is nice sometimes…

 

It starts slow, but by the end, it'll have you gripped…

The film spends about 45 minutes setting up Ryan the secret agent, which includes showing us his time as a frontline soldier and his recovery from a life-threatening injury. All origin stuff, all worthwhile, all not that exciting, but boy, once we get into Viktor Cherevin and his fiendish plots, it really begins to motor in the way only a big American thriller can.

 

Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit is in cinemas from today (January 24). 

Thanks to Paramount Pictures, purehmv were able to send one lucky winner, along with a friend, to the premiere of Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit on Monday 20th January in Leicester Square! Head over to purehmv.com to check out other cool rewards and find out how you can get in on the action...

JACK RYAN: SHADOW RECRUIT - Official Trailer

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