Review by Joy Dembo, married with a 21 yr old son, 29 yr old daughter & a 9 mnth old grandson. Recruitment Response Handling Consultant and Freelance Copywriter, vegetarian and animal lover. Visit her blog.
This original Jack Ryan movie is a fast paced, action thriller, which is based on Tom Clancey’s character, but not related to any of the other Jack Ryan novel adaptations. In fact, the film has been dedicated to Tom Clancy, who passed away in 2013.
Jack Ryan, played by the gorgeous Chris Pine, is a promising Economics student in 2001. After 9/11 he decides to quit his studies and enlist in the Marine Corps. He is sent on a mission to Afghanistan, where he is badly injured when his helicopter is attacked and crashes.
He goes into rehab to learn how to walk again, and meets Dr Cathy Muller (played by Keira Knightley) The two of them hit it off and later get engaged. Being a former Economics student, the CIA encourages him to complete his PhD and work undercover for them, identifying suspicious financial transactions which might indicate terrorist activity.
Some years later, Ryan is a successful Wall Street Compliance Officer, and discovers irregularities in market reaction to the Russian Federation losing a vote in the United Nations. Billions of Dollars controlled by Russian organizations are unaccounted for, and he can’t access any information relating to the missing money. Ryan feels that the US economy is under threat and his superiors in the CIA decide that he should visit Moscow to investigate the activities of Vicktor Cheverin (played by Kenneth Branagh) and a group of Russian politicians who they believe are planning a terrorist attack on the US. His employer does business with Cheverin and, he is able to convince the brokerage that he needs to go to Moscow to audit Cheverin’s activities, thus ensuring that his cover is not compromised.
From the moment he gets there, there is not one dull moment, as an assassin, posing as a body guard tries to kill him! Working hand in hand with the CIA’s Thomas Harper, (played by Kevin Costner), and using his former marine training, Ryan and Cheverin play a dangerous game of cat and mouse, trying to outwit one another. When Ryan’s fiancé arrives unexpectedly in Moscow she gets drawn into the fray as well, and the results make for absolutely nail biting entrainment.
The movie was directed by Kenneth Branagh and produced by Lorenzo di Bonaventura, Mace Neufield and David Barron, and was released through Paramount.
The movie was released on 17 January at cinemas countrywide and will provide great family entertainment for the adults and teens.