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Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit

ages 13+ | 83 % Say It's Worth Your Time

To his friends and loved ones, young Jack Ryan (Chris Pine) appears to be an ordinary executive; however, he has secretly worked for the CIA for years. Ryan was originally brought in to crunch global data, but when he uncovers a carefully planned scheme to crash the U.S. economy and spark global chaos, he becomes the only man with the skills to stop it. Now a full operative, Ryan finds himself caught between his secretive handler, his clueless fiancee and a brilliant Russian leader.

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Genre: Action

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Rated PG-13 Intense Action|Brief Strong Language|Sequences of Violence

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  • KSL Critic

    No Maturity Rating | Worth Your Time

    Doug Wright
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    “Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit” is a first-rate spy thriller that keeps you riveted and on the edge of your seat without bathing you in blood and flaunting sexuality.
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    Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit: 3 points for parents
    Fun 'Shadow Recruit' puts Jack Ryan back on the big screen
    “Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit” is a first-rate spy thriller that keeps you riveted and on the edge of your seat without bathing you in blood and flaunting sexuality.
    Does “Shadow Recruit" deliver up some predictability and even some cheesy moments? Certainly. But, amidst all the stereotypes, car/motorcycle/foot chases, old-timey patriotism and, yes, a slice or two of cheese, there’s a really fun and entertaining movie here... See Full Review

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  • clearplay.com

    No Maturity Rating | Worth Your Time

    There are a couple of great moments in Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit. Chris Pine is affable, Keira Knightley as Ryan’s love interest is wonderful, and Kevin Costner is solid if a little bland. The movie is directed by the film’s villain, Kenneth Branagh, and the film works on the strength of its set pieces. The plot is overly-complicated, but enough info is doled out for the layman to follow the good guys and have a good time. In the end, what you CIA is what you get... See Full Review

  • (Male)

    ages 14+ | Not Worth Your Time

    Felt like I'd seen this spy movie before. Oh yeah, that's because I had. It is just like every other spy movie out there. Completely predictable.

  • ages 14+ | Worth Your Time

    I was surprised how much I enjoyed this movie. It was a little far-fetched in some areas but I still felt like I was entertained all of the way through.

  • (Male) Michael Medved Show

    No Maturity Rating | Not Worth Your Time

    ...some thrilling well crated action scenes, can't cover a silly script's gaping holes... See Full Review

  • MovieGuide.org

    ages 13+ | Worth Your Time

    JACK RYAN: SHADOW RECRUIT is a total thrill ride. The story takes off breathlessly like a rocket, creating a spy movie that rivals recent masterpieces like SKYFALL and the MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE movies. The story has unexpected depth, with a strong moral, patriotic worldview... See Full Review

  • (Male)

    ages 14+ | Worth Your Time

    An interesting story with fast pace.

  • (Male) Catholic News Service

    Mature 18+ | Worth Your Time

    In crafting the enjoyable origin-story thriller "Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit" (Paramount), director Kenneth Branagh, who also plays the movie's principal villain, provides mature viewers with a diverting adventure. The level of mayhem as well as other considerations, however, bars recommendation for youngsters... See Full Review

  • (Male) Standard Examiner

    No Maturity Rating | Not Worth Your Time

    Acclaimed author Tom Clancy died back in October of an unspecified illness. I think we can now specify.

    He saw a rough cut of this movie and it was just too much for his heart to take. Not because it was too intense or exciting, but because it flushes 30 years of his favorite character, Jack Ryan, down the old latrine... See Full Review

  • (Female)

    ages 13+ | Worth Your Time

    Movie Review Maven grades it: A-
    In a Nutshell: Tom Clancy fans will love this prequel to the popular Jack Ryan save-the-USA stories. Chris Pine, with his beautiful blue eyes, joins the club of fantastic leading men who have brought this patriotic character to life: Alec Baldwin, Harrison Ford, and Ben Affleck. I would have loved to see some short cameo appearances with those guys!

    Sure, the film is formulaic: inexperienced CIA analyst uncovers an attack on the U.S. and is suddenly thrust into operative status as he dodges bullets, guided by a crusty mentor (played by Kevin Costner). It’s still a fun spy thriller that will get your pulse going as you yell “Hurry!” at the big screen.

    Uplifting theme: Jack is wounded in Afghanistan in the beginning of the film, but finds two unexpected motivations to recuperate: Cathy and protecting his beloved country. I loved the look in his penetrating eye (one was swollen shut) as he was wheeled off on a gurney. It said so much about how this country felt after the 9/11 attacks. Meaningful motivation can push you beyond what you thought you could do.

    Things I liked: Kenneth Branagh directs and plays a vicious Russian in the movie. He proves he can equally navigate Shakespeare and Thor. I liked that the setting is modern day and spotlights a very real threat of the collapse of the American dollar. Jack warns “They’ll call it the American crisis, but after six weeks, they’ll call it what it is…the second Great Depression.”

    Things I didn’t like: I usually like Keira Knightley, but I just didn’t feel the chemistry between her and Chris Pine. She seemed a bit forced with her American accent. There is an obligatory car chase scene and many of the tense moments feature pounding at computer keyboards. One disjointed scene that annoyed me included a fight scene with Jack and Aleksandr in the water under the streets, but then suddenly they’re exchanging blows in a van moving above-ground. With all of the recent talk in the news of NSA spying, it’s interesting to see how quickly the field agents can gather intel and act on it.

    Funny lines:
    • “You weren’t kidding…you ARE in the CIA” states Jack. William Harper responds “Somebody has to be.”
    • “This is geo-politics, not couple’s therapy.” – William Harper
    • “You Americans like to think of yourselves as direct, but maybe you’re just rude.” – Viktor Cherevin
    • “You Russians like to think of yourselves as poetic, but maybe you’re just touchy.” - Jack
    • “The first night can be brutal.” = Viktor Cherevin after he tries to get Jack killed
    • William Harper asks “Any way to get that Boy Scout look off your face?” Jack laughs “Not a chance.” Harper responds “Good. That’s what I like about you.”
    • “He drinks, right?” Jack asks. The response: “Like a Russian.”
    • “I’m in the C.I.A.” - Jack SPOILER ALERT: After surviving a frightening ordeal, Cathy sighs “Thank God.”

    Inspiring lines:
    • “Wait 2 minutes before you take that” counsels Cathy to her new patient Jack who wants some pain killers. When he asks “Why?” she inspires “So you know you can.”

    Things to look for:
    • Read the words on the movie screen when Jack passes the data on to a field agent in the dark movie theater for a symbolic undertone.
    • The 360 degree camera pan while Jack is in the taxi after just arriving in Russia.
    • The picture hanging in Viktor’s office. What is it? “The Battle of Bunker Hill”? Interesting choice, right?

    Tips for parents: One F-bomb, but not that much other profanity. Lots of bloodless fighting scenes. Jack and Cathy are found in bed for a conversation only.

  • (Male)

    ages 12+ | Worth Your Time

    I thought this movie was good.

  • ParentPreviews.com

    No Maturity Rating | Worth Your Time

    Hoping Pine will earn the same success as he did in the 2009 Star Trek, Paramount Pictures has a lot riding on this new Jack Ryan. And with any luck, the actor will soon find himself out of the shadows and basking in the limelight of another successful remake... See Full Review

  • (Female) Movie Mom

    ages 14+ | Not Worth Your Time

    There are three conclusions to draw from this reboot of Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan character. First, it plays like an infomercial for NSA access to, well, pretty much everything. Second, no matter how attractive the actors and how thrilling the score, there is no way to make it exciting to watch someone banging on a keyboard and staring intently at a computer screen as the “loading” indicator creeps along. Third, when spy movies run out of other ideas, they conclude that the fate of the United States and the rest of the world is not enough to hold our attention, so it must be time to kidnap the hero’s girlfriend.

    Read more: http://www.beliefnet.com/columnists/moviemom/2014/01/jack-ryan-shadow-recruit.html#ixzz2qdG57x27... See Full Review

  • (Female) USA TODAY

    No Maturity Rating | Not Worth Your Time

    The film is slow in getting started and once it's underway it's only intermittently involving. It's also occasionally far-fetched... See Full Review

  • (Male) Entertainment Weekly

    No Maturity Rating | Worth Your Time

    Branagh did a nice job of directing Thor, but all he can do here is try to energize the recycled pulp of the script. Costner is in fine dry form, Knightley is at her most open and gorgeous, and Pine goes through the motions of saving the Western world with a swaggery concentration that keeps you watching. I just hope that in the next Ryan outing, his charisma will have the added sheen that comes with being at least one step ahead of the audience... See Full Review

  • (Male)

    ages 10+ | Worth Your Time

    In one sentence, the movie starts out with an engaging storyline and builds up well until the last thirty minutes or so devolve into your standard car chases and quick-cut predictable action scenes. I'd really have liked to see more of an Oceans 11 treatment to the last bit of the movie rather than (multiple) formulaic car chases and the standard averted disaster (even taking place in the standard city for such standard averted disasters). Still, the movie was fun and worth my time to see. I walked out of the theater having enjoyed myself.

    Content-wise, I don't recall any swearing or nudity (or even sexual situations) and while violence is definitely in the movie, it's not nearly as prevalent as in The Hobbit or The Avengers (though both of those are 'fantasy' movies while this one has human vs human violence). I'd feel just fine taking a 10 year old to this one.

Okfor ages12+