Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit
Starring: Chris Pine, Kenneth Branagh, Keira Knightley, Kevin Costner
Director: Kenneth Branagh
Top Action Movies 2014
A young covert CIA analyst (Pine) uncovers a Russian plot to crash the U.S. economy with a terrorist attack. Knightley plays his fiancé, Branagh is the Russian oligarch villain, Costner the CIA liaison. This is the first Jack Ryan movie not based off one of Tom Clancy’s novels.
They’ve already tried to reboot the series with Ben Affleck to little effect. Chris Pine, despite a couple of interesting early roles, has become a dull leading man and isn’t a patch on Harrison Ford, or the Alec Baldwin/Sean Connery team-up that were the cornerstones of the earlier movies. This a serviceable thriller, and Costner is always watchable, but its without any high points whatsoever, every sequence has been done better elsewhere.