Jack Ryan, Shadow Recruit

"Jack Ryan" Filming In New York City - September 2, 2012

I enjoyed Jack Ryan, Shadow Recruit. It’s not a great movie, but it’s entertaining enough. And it stars pock-skinned Chris Pine, who is one of those flashes-of-brilliance actors who sometimes, sometimes, tantalisingly hits the all right notes. This is not one of those times. Keira, who I’m not so fond of, plays his girlfriend, and she manages her lazy eye long enough to be not-quite-irritating. There’s a lot of chasing and punching and running about, and Kenneth Branagh munches the scenery like a fat kid at a Twix convention. So.

Not that it really matters one bit, but JRSC is about a Russian plot to destabilise the US economy in revenge for (not sure what) using a couple of sleeper agents who’ve gone to ground somewhere in Manhattan. But as I said, this isn’t about the what, it’s about the how, and the how, well, that’s fun enough to pass ninety minutes on an airplane.