Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit Saturday, 21 September 2019

Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit

Additional Info

  • Rating:

    M: Violence and infrequent coarse language.

  • The pitch:

    Flirting with danger.

  • Starring:

    Chris Pine, Keira Knightley, Kevin Costner, Kenneth Branagh, Lenn Kudrjawizki, Alec Utgoff, Peter Andersson, Elena Velikanova

  • Directed by:

    Kenneth Branagh

  • Running time:

    105 minutes

  • Rated:

    M (Australia), 12A (UK), PG-13 (USA)

  • VIOLENCE/GORE:

    People get shot, stabbed, punched, kicked, drowned, slapped, kneed, hit with objects, slammed, wrestled, near-garrotted, kidnapped, bound, held at gunpoint. Helicopter, motorcycle, vehicle crashes, rammed cars. Dangerous driving, pick-pocketing, theft. Explosions, missile, bombs, nitrotoluene. Property damage, smashed glass, house raid, break-in. Footage of burning World Trade Centre towers. Painting of Napoleon in battle. Drowned child, waterboarding, killing innocents, Soviet famine, rioting mentioned. Arguing. Blood/gore: Corpses. Man covered in blood, blood on objects, bloody forehead, bloody knuckles. Shattered vertebrae, broken back, crushed spine mentioned.

  • SEX/NUDITY:

    Woman in towel, shirtless man. Couple in bed together, kissing, caressing. Hookers mentioned.

  • VICES/DRUG USE:

    Alcohol (wine, champagne, spirits). Beer advertisement seen. Prescription drugs taken/injected.

  • LANGUAGE:

    F-words, b*tch. Name-calling. Religious references and exclamations. Gender, Russian, American, CIA, FBI stereotypes.

  • THEMES:

    Undercover operations, CIA, 9-11 attacks, terrorism, Wall Street, insider trading, rehabilitation, relationships, engagement, psoriasis, financial anaylsis.

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS:

    Afghanistan, church settings. Marriage proposal. Helicopters, plane. X-rays, breathing mask, man on stretcher, rehabilitation, amputee. Dogs. Some Russian language (subtitled).

  • CRITICS LIKE:

    Fast-paced, escapist, tense, crisp, efficient, modest, diverting, capable, unchallenging. Economical script, tight direction, top action, good character development, likeable hero, heart-pounding conclusion, solid performances, competent direction, terrific Moscow sequences, appealing romantic chemistry.

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE:

    Exploitative, muffled, recycled, routine, derivative, clichéd. Weak plot, weak screenplay.

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