Film review: Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit

With cooperation between Russia and the West still mostly taboo, despite the détente that was on the horizon two decades ago, it seems the days of pitting spies from the two countries against each other are not going away any time soon — in real life and in fiction.

A large part of The Bourne Supremacy was set in Moscow, St. Petersburg was decimated by James Bond in GoldenEye, Ethan Hunt escaped from a Russian prison at the beginning of the most recent Mission: Impossible, and now comes the opener in what is expected to be another secret agent franchise: Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit.

Directed by Kenneth Branagh, who also stars as the villainous Russian billionaire, Viktor Cherevin, a man bent on creating apocalyptic havoc on the financial markets, this action film is based on the characters created by renowned spy thriller novelist Tom Clancy.

Shadow Recruit is a reboot of the character’s development and marks the fourth big-screen incarnation of main character Jack Ryan, following other appearances by Alec Baldwin, Harrison Ford and most recently, in The Sum of All Fears, Ben Affleck.

To read the full review, visit The Prague Post. Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit is currently on wide release in Bulgaria.

(Still of Chris Pine in Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit. © 2012 Paramount Pictures)