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Clancy-based political thriller with moderate violence.
What Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit is based on Tom Clancy's famous CIA agent protagonist, and includes a good bit of violence, from fast and clean shots (execution or sniper style) to more close-up drownings and stabbings and fights to the death or on moving vehicles. There's a little bit of romance -- mostly kissing and embracing in bed -- but mostly this is your typical violent (but not overly graphic) political thriller.
- Families can talk about the popularity of rebooting and updating popular franchises. Why is the story of this particular CIA agent so compelling? Do you think the filmmakers did a good job of making him compelling to a new, younger audience?
- What's your reaction to the violence in this movie? How does it compare to other thrillers -- is it more or less brutal? Do you think watching this kind of movie violence desensitizes teens and adults to brutality?
- How does Chris Pine's version of Jack Ryan compare to the one played by Alec Baldwin, Harrison Ford, and Ben Affleck? Which actor/age do you prefer Jack Ryan the character?
- Does the movie make you think more about current events and politics? Was it confusing why the Russians were the "enemies"? What do you know about the history of American-Russian relations.
The good stuff
Messages: The positive message is that if you want to serve your country, there's more than just joining the military as an option -- but other ways of serving the country can be just as dangerous. Jack and Cathy's relationship proves that a couple can overcome even the most serious of obstacles to stay together.
Role models: Jack is a fiercely smart and patriotic man who leaves his Ph.D program to enlist in the marines after 9/11. He then takes it upon himself to write several papers examining issues of interest to intelligence and later agrees to join the CIA to be an analyst and then operational agent. Cathy could have left Jack when she realized he'd been lying to her, but instead she puts herself in a difficult situation to help him with his mission.
What to watch for
Violence: Moderate body count: people are shot, stabbed, strangled, and drowned to death. Most of the dead are executed with a clean shot, others are killed in a more gruesome, intimate manner, like when Jack drowns a man in just a few inches of shower. A helicopter is shot down, but Jack, while injured, survives and keeps his two subordinates alive as well. Two men struggle in a moving van to kill each other and stop something terrible from happening. One plunges to his death.
Sex: A few scenes of Jack and Cathy kissing and one of them talking and cuddling in bed (only bare shoulders are visible). Mentions of Cherevin's "weakness" for women.
Language: Two uses of "f--k" or "f--king," as well as "bitch," "s--t," "Jesus H. Christ," "damn," and threatening language.
Consumerism: Mostly technology and cars: Nokia phone, Range Rover, Mercedes, BMW, New York City's all-news channel NY1. The movies Sorry, Wrong Number and Rosemary's Baby are also shown briefly or referenced.
Drinking, drugs and smoking: Adults drink wine and vodka at dinner. Jack acts drunk, but he isn't.
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Shadow Recruit by nancysbol
Great film!!! Everything about it was entertaining. And what a pleasure to be able to enjoy a movie with smart rhetoric, no swearing, and very little violence. Just lots of great action and characters! Thoroughly enjoyed this movie. Best one I've seen in a long time.
The New Jack Ryan! by RocDRed
Chris Pine is perfect in the role of Jack Ryan.. He takes up where others have had that role in the past and made it his own, just like he made JTK his own.
Not a lot of down time, so no sleeping thru parts of this movie, it's well worth seeing if you like movies of this type.
Somewhat predictable, some obvious set-ups and they all came true, and of course he saves humanity at the end, like we knew he would.
Wouldn't it be fun If the bad guys won ? Guess they'd need part 2 to fix it, but Hollywood only makes lame new version part 2's..
But it's a good 2 hours of solid entertainment.. You won't be disappointed!
Chris Pine does Ford and Baldwin Proud by libbytinsley
I was hesitant to see this movie as I was a fan of the Harrison Ford and Alec Baldwin Jack Ryans, but Chris Pine didn't disappoint. He was the competent yet reluctant hero for whom you pulled the entire movie. Kiera Knightly did a fine job, as well. Her American accent was believable as was her character. The plot, yes, was predictable, but the focus would pull in any American over the age of 16, due to historic reference. Thoroughly enjoyed Kevin Costner, as well. He, astonishingly, provided some of the comic relief. If you enjoy fun action films, go see this one.
Very enjoyable Action thriller by TexasLorie
My husband and I both enjoyed this show. Good story, good acting. WE thought the action sequences were very well done. We love this genre and this was right up there with the best. The PG-13 rating is right on. Pretty clean show, I only remember one use of the F-word, minimal visual violence.
Jack Ryan Shadow Recruit by sltuite
Really enjoyed this film. The acting was great with each character in complete control of their elements. I believe this is an adult movie because of the maturity content and ability to understand the basis of the story. It is intense at times and keeps your attention held at all times. I felt it a believable story and KC is wonderful as always.
jack ryan by callenc1
I read these reviews online:
1] Ryan is a young stockbroker working for a billionaire in Moscow before joining the CIA. When the billionaire he is advising frames him for a terrorist plot and kidnaps his wife, Ryan must race against time to clear his name
2] he will have transplanted to Moscow to continue his financial advising, not for Merill Lynch (which has been absorbed by Bank of America), but for a billionaire employer. It is that billionaire employer who eventually sets Jack Ryan up to take the fall for terrorist plot designed to collapse the U.S. economy.
a] don't think these people saw the movie.
b] A couple of other reviews said it was boring.
c] one snooty reviewer implied you had to be stupid enough to like James Bond to like this movie.
I took their advice. Pine even reminds me of Jason Bourne. d] can't wait for the sequel--when Jack finds out the true force behind the crash of the world economy and perps behind 9/11...
Movie was great.
Realistic CIA thriller by jasonsb29
For the first time in a while, we have a CIA thriller that doesn't have the main character taking on and defeating an evil power all by himself. The plot was well-written to keep the action going and the viewer engaged through multiple peaks of action. Good movie for the spy enthusiast.
Jack Ryan by kgarner1969
This movie definitely tied itself to a story told in Hunt for Red October right at the beginning. I thought it was a nice touch. I would definitely watch this one again!
Non-stop GO! by AztecDan
The action and drama were excellent, continuous, and riveting. Action is very good, keeps you highly involved in what's happening with the characters and the plot. The time line for Jack Ryan doesn't agree with the history given by the Carrier's Captain in "Hunt for Red October", but plausible. Also the time line for the drive from Michigan to New York City is impossible, Having driven that myself, it cannot be done in a normal car in 18 hours. Let alone the heavily loaded van that was supposedly used in the film. The ending is great, feel good ending, and wide open for sequels. I'd rather burst a gasket than get up for the restroom during this movie. GO!
Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit by Jjacky79
One of the best action movies I have seen in many years. Pine made a great Jack Ryan and Kevin Costner is a great actor anyway. It's hard to find a movie where you could consider his performance not very good.