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Ryan: Shadow Recruit (3/10)
Pine is no stranger to re-creating iconic characters on the big screen
that have been created by other actors. He has successfully played Capt.
Kirk in two Star Trek prequels. Here, however, he recreates Tom
Clancy’s hero, Jack Ryan, in yet another prequel, but Clancy had nothing
to do with the story. It resembles what Pine did with Star Trek,
however, in that this is an imagining of how Ryan got his start.
this isn’t even close to the quality of the Star Trek movies.
Written by fledgling Adam Cozad and veteran David Koepp, and directed by
Kenneth Branagh, and “based on characters created by Tom Clancy,” the
story is so superficial and flimsy that it has to resort to every cliché
known to the genre. It rapidly becomes something like a test to see if
the viewer can guess what worn-out plot device will be tried next.
say much of anything good about Branagh’s directing, but he wasn’t given
much with which to work. The ending is particularly clumsy, in terms of
realistic timing, at least. It was almost as if they were trying to wrap
it up and only had five more minutes to get in a conclusion. I can say,
however, that he does give a good, if a trifle too Shakespearean,
performance as the bad buy, Viktor Cherevin.
to the dismay of the viewer is the leaden performance by Kevin Costner
as Thomas Harper, Ryan’s recruiter and boss at the agency. Costner must
be hard up for work because how anybody could read this script and think
that the role is suitable even for someone who never progressed in the
acting profession beyond being a “movie star” is puzzling, to say the
least. This role is one for one of those guys whose face you recognize
but whose name you have never really known.
Knightley, who knows a thing or two about acting, appears as Cathy
Muller, Ryan’s love interest. Keira strains to pull everything possible
out of her part. Unfortunately, there’s not much there to pull. Had I
been writing this thing, I would have had her character be a lot more
than the standard girlfriend she turns out to be. But this is so
straightforward, if you don’t know the conclusion after about a half
hour, you need to see more movies.