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Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit

Rated PG-13 106 min. 2013

Director Kenneth Branagh (Thor) breathes new life into Jack Ryan, a character created and flogged into creative bankruptcy by the late Tom Clancy. This reboot has young CIA operative Ryan (Star Trek's Chris Pine) uncovering a Russian terrorist plot led by Branagh's Viktor Cherevin. Groomed by a mentor (Kevin Costner) in modern espionage, Ryan finds himself targeted by the terrorist cell. Branagh brings his unsuspected love of spy and action films to the forefront of this nail-biter. The action seems chaotic at times, and Pine isn't likely to win any acting awards, but strong supporting work by Branagh and Costner makes up for his wooden emoting.

Film Credits

Director: Kenneth Branagh

Writer: Steven Zaillian and Tom Clancy

Cast: Keira Knightley, Chris Pine, Kevin Costner, Kenneth Branagh, Gemma Chan, Karen David, Nonce Anozi, Colm Fiore, Hannah Taylor-Gordon and Hulisita Salcedo

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