Wednesday, 7 January 2015
Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit (2014)
We start off with Ryan's back story, which is accurate and told pretty well which then shifts into the main storyline which seems to be based loosely on the book Debt of Honor, which I really enjoyed. So far, so good. But what could have been a decent espionage thriller turns into your basic heist movie when they totally ignore the interesting parts of the narrative and instead focus on breaking & entering, James Bond gadgets, car chases and shoot-outs. The rest is crammed into the last twenty minutes in such a complete mess of exposition that we have no idea what the fuck is going on. But that doesn't matter 'cause Ryan's now in hot pursuit on a fucking motorbike.
Instead of Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy we get Die Hard with a history degree. Jack Ryan was a desk jockey not Jason fucking Bourne! I'm really fucking annoyed right now.
Kenneth Branagh directed this? Really?
Original letterboxd review