Thursday, January 30, 2014
Jack Ryan Shadow Recruit
Jack Ryan is like a good online friend. We've never met each other face to face, but I know a lot about him. I also care for his family and his organization. Sigh.
When I learned from the grapevine that Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit was going to be shown on the big screen, I was pretty excited about it. OK, Tom Clancy is probably in writers' heaven, if there's such a place, so I was glad that one of his children will be immortalized and/or rebooted.
I was not so disappointed compared to other Jack Ryan/Tom Clancy afficionadi. There were scenes that could have been more believable or researched better, but those aside, it was enjoyable.
No matter what they say about Chris Pine, I think he played his role well.
Kenneth Branagh is a good director and a good actor. It is just obvious that he is very narcissistic because after that "This too is for Russia!" scene, the close-ups were perfect.
WHAT ARE THE SCENES I DIDN'T LIKE MUCH?
As a whole, I liked it. I don't think Tom Clancy would turn on his grave or anything like that. There were other technical flaws, but since I'm not an expert on those things, I would not tackle on that.
There's one thing or scene I think I have a right to speak about.
Couldn't they think of anything else? Viktor's weakness of desiring unattainable women is, for lack of a better term, overused already. Hmmm, but then again, even the most intelligent people fall for the same trap again and again and again.
I am hoping the sequel would be better and yes, I would definitely watch it. I can't wait for Kevin Costner and Kiera Knightley to have more action scenes.
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