By Shannon Dwyer 1-25-14
Chris Pine steals the screen as the iconic spy Jack Ryan.Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit, the fifth installment of the franchise inspired by author Tom Clancy’s novels, is directed by actor, director and producer Kenneth Branagh.
Previously the heroic character has been portrayed by many other actors before Chris Pine including Alec Baldwin in “The Hunt for Red October,” Harrison Ford in “Clear and Present Danger” and “Patriot Games,” and Ben Affleck in “The Sum of All Fears.”This film portrays the hero in his early days with the CIA and chronicles an epic struggle to save the United States from a Russian terrorist attack. Following the September 11, 2001 Twin Tower attack in New York City, law student Jack Ryan joins the United States Marines and serves in Afghanistan, where he is seriously wounded during a helicopter attack.While recovering from his injuries at Walter Reed hospital, Ryan meets a young doctor (Keira Knightley) and impresses a naval officer (Kevin Costner), who ends up recruiting him for the CIA. Ryan’s expertise in analyses of patterns and threats leads him to working as a mole on Wall Street searching for terrorists’ financial footprints. Sneaky activity within Russian bank accounts attracts his attention and sends Ryan to Moscow for a wild journey of deceit, trickery and combat.
This is one action packed flick that will keep you at the edge of your seats.