Friday, October 04, 2013

Jack Ryan Returns in Shadow Recruit

Is it already eleven years since Jack Ryan graced the silver screen? The CIA analyst-turned-action hero created by author Tom Clancy (who passed away unexpectedly just two days ago) was first played by Alec Baldwin in 1989's The Hunt for Red October. After that, Harrison Ford had two turns: 1992's Patriot Games, and 1994's Clear and Present Danger, and when Ford begged off of further installments, they turned to Ben Affleck to reboot the franchise with 2002's The Sum of All Fears. While that one did reasonably well, it arrived just as the heated anti-Affleck tsunami of the mid-aughts hit Hollywood, thus relegating Ryan to development hell until home studio Paramount ultimately decided to re-reboot the character with an entirely original project.

I've enjoyed all the Ryan flicks, especially Clear and Present Danger, so I've been following this one's development for awhile. Starring Star Trek's Chris Pine as Clancy's hero, the new film is entitled Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit (which is really just a friggin' awful title), and if the first assemblage of footage released by the studio is anything to go by, it seems like they're banking hard on the Mission: Impossible-Jason Bourne audience to show up. Personally, for as much as I like Pine, this seems to bear very little resemblance to the character that I know of from the previous four films (and to a much, much lesser extent Clancy's books). Check out the trailer below for the Kenneth Branagh-directed pic, which is due to hit theaters this Christmas, and listen for a conversation about this with me and the boys on next week's MovieFilm Podcast.

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