Hello Hottie, it’s time to take in some eye candy, you know a little bombón for the enjoyment with Chris Pine and Kevin Costner.
I don’t go to a movie to just see a movie, I go to see who is in the movie and this is eye-pleasing ladies. If you are not much into action flicks, please make an exception because Chris Pine delivers a bit of steam to the screen! What starts out with a bit of background of a life and lifestyle ends up really treating you to action, and there are no basic characters in here. It was also nice to see the resurgence of Costner in this film, he’s not looking bad for his age(depending on what you were expecting!) Lavishly live entertainment out loud, let the screen steam and enjoy a little bit of action with Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit .
Pulse-pounding action, explosions, gun fire, and true adventure with Jack Ryan, but make no mistake this story line takes place prior to the original Jack Ryan stories we have all come to know. The young Jack Ryan(Chris Pine) you will meet in this movie is attending the London School Of Economics, 9/11 occurs, and he decidedly joins the marines. His duty is brought to a halting stop when the helicopter he is in(Afghanistan 2003) is shot down. He saves the lives of both men in his unit and it is at this point that Ryan establishes himself as a ‘hero’ and able to handle himself in any situation. Thomas Harper(Kevin Costner) is looking to recruit Ryan as he watches him recuperate and rehabilitate.
While recovering from the injuries sustained in the helicopter attack, Jack Ryan will meet his future fiancee(Keira Knightley) and a CIA Veteran Thomas Harper(Kevin Costner). Cathy pulls Ryan along through recovery and you can only admire her tough love that spills through when Ryan asks Cathy(Knightley) for medicine. Of course she gives him the medicine and a good dose of what she is about: He can have what he wants, but he should wait a few minutes before taking it to prove to himself that ‘he could.” Cathy is a strong, complimentary piece of the action as well as beautiful, and she makes the other half of Ryan possible, or as Viktor Cherevin(Kenneth Brannaugh) puts it, “the perfect American couple.”
As for Costner, he simply puts it out there for Ryan that, “he is with the CIA” and does not attempt to hide who he is or what he does. Costner plays the role with ease and offers a relaxed persona as he is recruiting Ryan. Costner’s consistent even demeanor provides strength to Ryan. Harper skillfully shows that he has, ‘been there, done that’ and knows what he is asking of his recruit, Ryan. Harper offers no ‘fluff’ and spells it like it is, “there is a very real scenario here, that we don’t get out of this alive.” Harper asks Ryan to get back to school to finish that PhD, gain a job as an analyst on Wall Street(financial intelligence for the CIA) and watch for any terroristic plots to crash the United States economy. Ryan does as requested , and 10 years later, you will find Ryan as a Wall Street Analyst living with his fiancee, Cathy. While their relationship is loving, Cathy is not fully trusting of Jack, as she finds a ticket stub that she wants answer for, and he does answer her, by not answering her!
Suddenly, Jack is off to Russia and Cathy wants to meet up in France, but is it possible for Jack to meet up with her or will work keep him side-tracked. The quirky phone call she delivers is so real-life of a wife or girlfriend calling at the worst possible time that it adds a certain humane quality to Jack’s character as he is forced to talk under daunting conditions!
As Jack Ryan arrives in Moscow to investigate suspicious money movement, the adventure truly begins as soon as Ryan lands at the Airport. The challenge of his first kill slightly unnerves Ryan who suddenly lives in the surreal. Harper will meet up with Ryan in Russia, but so does Cathy. Things don’t go as planned for Ryan with a a coy Cherevin who avoids an audit by Ryan, but dinner should prove to be far more engaging as Cathy will join and Cherevin will show his fiendish side. Ryan is definitely not supportive of Cathy taking part in his dangerous liaison dealings.
The tale in Russia is a great but actually gets a bit less engaging, when they Ryan and company fly back to the United States. It would seem that a smart Jack Ryan is suddenly uncovering the entire plot and calling all the ideas solo. The movie take a spin from entertaining to a bit odd when the end of the story becomes about one man knowing everything and can sense all the moves before anyone else. The clock is ticking, trying to win the game and figure out the plot becomes all too familiar and the hero-type actions are a bit less believable. All in all the movie will definitely revive Jack Ryan’s once flat character. Costner’s performance is strong, smooth and skilled and Cathy(Keira) provides a strong role for a man that really only chose a job, not understanding the life and risks that came with it! A definite must see. Lavishly live entertainment out loud, maybe more to see the character of Jack Ryan evolve and also to see Chris Pine take the character on(oh yeah!)