Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit Wednesday, 08 April 2020

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)


    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.


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


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


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


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


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


    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.


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

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