Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit

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Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit
Jack Ryan Shadow Recruit poster.jpg
Domestic release poster
Directed byKenneth Branagh
Produced by
Screenplay by
Based onCharacters created 
by Tom Clancy
Starring
Music byPatrick Doyle
CinematographyHaris Zambarloukos
Editing byMartin Walsh
Studio
Distributed byParamount Pictures
Release dates
  • January 15, 2014 (2014-01-15) (Philippines)
  • January 17, 2014 (2014-01-17) (United States)
Running time105 minutes[1]
Country
  • United States[2]
LanguageEnglish
Budget$60 million[3]
Box office$79,285,059[3]
 
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Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit
Jack Ryan Shadow Recruit poster.jpg
Domestic release poster
Directed byKenneth Branagh
Produced by
Screenplay by
Based onCharacters created 
by Tom Clancy
Starring
Music byPatrick Doyle
CinematographyHaris Zambarloukos
Editing byMartin Walsh
Studio
Distributed byParamount Pictures
Release dates
  • January 15, 2014 (2014-01-15) (Philippines)
  • January 17, 2014 (2014-01-17) (United States)
Running time105 minutes[1]
Country
  • United States[2]
LanguageEnglish
Budget$60 million[3]
Box office$79,285,059[3]

Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit is a 2014 American action thriller film, directed by and co-starring Kenneth Branagh and featuring the Jack Ryan character created by Tom Clancy. It is the fifth in the Jack Ryan film series and is also a reboot that departs from the previous installments. Unlike its predecessors it is not an adaptation of a particular Tom Clancy novel, but rather an original story. Chris Pine stars in the title role, becoming the fourth actor to play Ryan, following Alec Baldwin, Harrison Ford, and Ben Affleck. It was released on January 17, 2014. The film is dedicated to Tom Clancy, who died on October 1, 2013.

Plot[edit]

After the event of 9/11, Jack Ryan, studying at the London School of Economics, becomes a Marine second lieutenant in Afghanistan, where he is critically injured when his helicopter is shot down. During a lengthy rehab, he attracts the attention of Dr. Cathy Muller, his future wife, and Thomas Harper, an official with the CIA. The CIA is impressed with Ryan's ability to recognize complex patterns, and recruits him.

Ten years later, Ryan is working on Wall Street with a cover job as a compliance officer at a stock brokerage, and as a covert CIA analyst, looking for suspect financial transactions that would indicate terrorist activity. When the Russian Federation loses a key vote before the United Nations, Ryan notices that the markets do not respond in the expected way. He discovers that trillions of dollars held by Russian organizations have "fallen off the radar". There is so much money held out of view that the United States economy may actually be vulnerable to a sudden move. All of these funds are controlled by Viktor Cheverin, a veteran of the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan. Cheverin, along with a group of key Russian politicians, have been left embittered by the United States' covert intervention in the invasion and are seeking revenge.

Ryan's employer happens to do business with Cheverin, so when Ryan discovers certain accounts are inaccessible to him as auditor, he has reason to visit Moscow and investigate. On arrival he narrowly survives a murder attempt by an assassin posing as his bodyguard. Ryan sends out an SOS and is surprised to learn that his backup is Harper. During their debrief, Ryan explains how Cheverin's shadow investments can make the United States vulnerable: A staged terrorist attack will spook and weaken global markets including US debt obligations. Then Cheverin will dump all his inventory onto the market at once, causing the American dollar to collapse. It would hurt China as well because of that country's dollar holdings, and so the goal is to trigger a new Great Depression.

At his frosty meeting with Cheverin the next day, he is told that the problem company and all of its assets have been sold, thus stopping Ryan's audit.

Meanwhile, Ryan's fiancée Cathy, concerned he may be having an affair, secretly flies to Moscow to meet him. Against protocol for unmarried couples, Ryan reveals that he works for the CIA, to her great relief. Improvising on the situation, Harper has Cathy agree to be included in a plan to infiltrate Cheverin's offices. Ryan and Cathy meet Cheverin at an upscale restaurant across the street from Cheverin's office; over dinner Ryan causes a scene and "insults" Cathy. Excusing himself, he gains access to Cheverin's office where he downloads critical files. He discovers Cheverin has been secretly propping up the Chinese and Japanese economies for 20 years, and that the entire global economy is vulnerable. Cheverin, alerted to Ryan's infiltration, abducts Cathy. Ryan rescues her, but Cheverin maintains that Ryan cannot stop his plan.

Ryan and the CIA discover Cheverin used a falsified death certificate to place his son, Aleksandr, in the United States as a sleeper agent. Ryan uses his talent for pattern recognition to locate Aleksandr's hideout and intended target: Wall Street. He locates a bomb hidden in a dummy police response vehicle and gives chase. Unable to defuse it, he hijacks the vehicle and crashes it into the East River, killing Aleksandr and preventing the loss of any innocent life.

Ryan and Cathy are reunited and discuss their future together. Cathy decides to stay with him despite his career and the risks he has to take. Cheverin is executed by his co-conspirators in Russia, while Ryan, now married, and Harper are called to the White House to brief the president.

Cast[edit]

Director Kenneth Branagh who also had a film role playing the fictional character Viktor Cherevin.

Production[edit]

Development[edit]

After the financial success of The Sum of All Fears (2002), efforts were made to continue the series but nothing came to fruition.[8] In 2008, director Sam Raimi became attached to spearhead a franchise revival of the Jack Ryan film series,[9] but later dropped out due to his commitment to the Spider-Man film series.[10]

In October 2009, Paramount Pictures and co-financier Skydance Productions were negotiating with actor Chris Pine to portray Jack Ryan in a reboot of the original film franchise based on novels by Tom Clancy. At the time, producers Lorenzo di Bonaventura and Mace Neufeld were working with an original concept drafted by Hossein Amini.[11] In August 2010, director Jack Bender was the frontrunner to helm the reboot film based on a script tentatively titled Moscow by Adam Cozad.[12] The following month, writer Anthony Peckham was brought on to perform rewrites,[13] while Steve Zaillian, who scripted the film Clear and Present Danger (1994), was later brought on to perform rewrites as well.[14] However, Zaillian withdrew after a few weeks and the film was put on hold by Paramount in order for Pine to reprise his role as James T. Kirk in Star Trek Into Darkness.[15] During this time, David Koepp was brought on to rewrite the script,[16] with shooting scheduled to begin in the second half of 2012.[17]

The film had an additional setback in March 2012, when Bender dropped out due to scheduling conflicts.[18] Paramount and Skydance Pictures quickly moved ahead and hired Kenneth Branagh to replace Bender in order to start production after Pine wrapped Into Darkness around September 2012.[19] "This script arrived and was un-put-down-able and I knew the previous films, I'd read some of the books and, simple as that, it came out of the blue", said Branagh. "I was going to be making another movie, but it went away and this one came to me and I read it and responded very strongly and it's the kind of the film that I go to see".[20]

Pre-production[edit]

Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit was filmed outside of the Royal Liver Building in Liverpool, United Kingdom.

Pre-production for Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit took place at the production offices of August Street Films Limited, based at Pinewood Studios in Buckinghamshire.[21] Months after signing on as director, Kenneth Branagh also made a deal with the studio to star as the film's villain.[22]

In early August 2012, Keira Knightley, Felicity Jones, and Evangeline Lilly were being considered for the female lead while Kate Beckinsale and Jessica Biel were approached but declined.[23] Days later, Knightley won the role.[24] That same month, Kevin Costner signed on to play Thomas Harper in a two-picture deal that will also see him play the character in a film adaptation of Clancy's Without Remorse.[25]

Colm Feore played Jack Ryan's boss at a financial services firm. Feore also appeared in The Sum of All Fears as Olson, a different character altogether.

Production[edit]

While images from the film's production in Manhattan surfaced in late August 2012,[26][27] Paramount Pictures and Skydance Productions did not announce the start of principal photography on Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit until September 18, 2012.[28] At this time, filming was taking place at Liverpool City Centre, which was doubling as Moscow,[21][29] Filming in New York City had been completed earlier that month.[30] Other shooting locales included London and Moscow.[4]

In August 2013,[citation needed] reshoots were done in New York City.[4]

Music[edit]

The musical score of Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit was composed by Patrick Doyle, who has collaborated on many of Kenneth Branagh's directorial efforts.[31] Writing the score took Doyle up to seven months, which is more than usual.[32] "In Jack Ryan, [Kenneth] wanted a piece of music for this scene and I had the theme the following day for it," said Doyle on his relationship with Branagh. "I actually wrote the main theme of the movie, just sitting there watching it. This is the expectation of a person you’re very close to. There’s no pressure in that you’re so relaxed, especially someone like Kenneth. He brings out the best in you because he creates such a casual, relaxed, but hard-working environment at the same time."[33]

Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit - Music From the Motion Picture
Film score by Patrick Doyle
ReleasedJanuary 14, 2014 (2014-01-14) (Digital)
February 4, 2013 (2013-02-04) (Physical)
Length73:12
LabelVarèse Sarabande
Jack Ryan soundtrack chronology
The Sum of All Fears
(2002)
Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit
(2014)
Patrick Doyle chronology
Brave
(2012)
Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit
(2014)
Cinderella
(2015)

A soundtrack album was released digitally by Varèse Sarabande on January 14, 2014 and is scheduled to be released in physical formats on February 4, 2014.[34][35]

Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit - Music From the Motion Picture
No.TitleLength
1."Flying Over Afghanistan"  2:43
2."The United Nations"  2:42
3."Shadow Accounts"  2:54
4."The Window Reflection"  1:51
5."Rooftop Call"  1:52
6."Second Great Depression"  3:19
7."Faith Of Our Fathers"  4:00
8."Cheverin Meets Ryan"  2:11
9."Plan In a Van"  1:51
10."The Activation"  2:19
11."Aleksandr"  1:54
12."The Engagement"  2:24
13."Stealing The Data"  7:59
14."Get Out"  4:19
15."Moscow Car Chase"  4:15
16."The Lightbulb"  4:37
17."Unravelling The Data"  4:37
18."CIA Recruitment"  1:41
19."Chopper To NYC"  1:40
20."Bike Chase"  3:47
21."Jack And Aleksandr"  3:15
22."Picking This Life"  1:04
23."Ryan, Mr. President"  3:28
24."Shadow Recruit"  2:30
Total length:
73:12

Release[edit]

The film was originally scheduled to be released on December 25, 2013,[36] but was pushed back to January by Paramount Pictures to give the release date to Martin Scorsese's The Wolf of Wall Street.[37] It then was slated for release on January 17, 2014, corresponding with the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday in the United States.[38] In August 2013, Paramount began rolling out a trailer for the film to test audiences bearing the title Jack Ryan: Shadow One.[39]

On October 2, 2013, a day after the death of Tom Clancy, the first film poster was released, featuring the new title, Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit.[40] The first trailer for the film was released that day.[41]

Reception[edit]

Box office[edit]

Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit earned $5.4 million on its opening day in the United States and Canada,[42] and reached $17.2 million by the end of its opening weekend.[43] The film opened below all previous Jack Ryan films despite a wider theatre count.[44] Based on exit-polling service CinemaScore, more than a third of the film's opening weekend audience was over the age of 50. With only 15 percent of viewers under the age of 25, the film failed to attract younger viewers despite the casting of Chris Pine.[45][46]

Critical response[edit]

On the film-critics aggregator Rotten Tomatoes, the film received 59% positive reviews with an average score of 5.7/10, based on 137 reviews. The site's consensus reads: "It doesn't reinvent the action-thriller wheel, but Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit offers a sleek, reasonably diverting reboot for a long-dormant franchise."[47] On Metacritic, it holds a 57 out of 100, based on 36 reviews, indicating "mixed or average reviews".[48] CinemaScore reported that audiences gave the film a "B" grade.[46]

The film is slow in getting started and once it's underway it's only intermittently involving. It's also occasionally far-fetched. Why is Jack the only person capable of facing the dangerous Cherevin? How does he overpower a hit man built like a refrigerator?

—Claudia Puig, writing for USA Today[49]

Peter Hartlaub of the San Francisco Chronicle gave the film a positive review, saying, "Under taut direction from Kenneth Branagh (who also plays the Russian heavy), Pine is convincing as a character who is pushing papers one day and dodging assassins in Moscow the next." Hartlaub added, "Even with its thrifty set pieces and smaller ambitions, this attempt to reboot the series based on Tom Clancy characters does the most important thing right: It almost always feels like a Jack Ryan movie."[50] Kyle Smith of the New York Post also gave the film a positive review. Smith said, "Despite the occasional hard-to-believe moment, the reboot of the 1990s franchise is soundly structured, smart and fast, with a plausible central scenario, several gripping moments and well-wrought dialogue. If it isn’t quite as gritty or intelligent as the Bourne movies, it is [...] close enough."[51]

Peter Travers of Rolling Stone was less enthusiastic about the film, saying it "has no personality of its own." Travers added, "It's a product constructed out of spare parts and assembled with computerized precision. It's hard to care when Jack turns operational and becomes a CIA robocop. The movie feels untouched by human hands."[52] Todd McCarthy of The Hollywood Reporter also gave the film a negative review, saying, "While [the film] benefits from an attractive cast, the perennial allure of the spy game and the exoticism of the contemporary Moscow setting, the biggest problem afflicting this modest diversion is that it's the sort of film in which computers get to the bottom of every problem that comes up in about five seconds."[53]

References[edit]

Footnotes
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  51. ^ Smith, Kyle (January 15, 2014). "Smart and fast ‘Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit’ entertains". New York Post. News Corp. Retrieved January 18, 2014. 
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