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.
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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