This Week In Home Entertainment: True Detective, Jack Ryan And Non-Stop
Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit Blu-rayJack Ryan: Shadow Recruit had all of the makings of a box office success. The film is the fourth of its kind, starring a beloved character who has been portrayed by the likes of young Alec Baldwin, Harrison Ford and Ben Affleck in the past. The character also stems from beloved novelist Tom Clancy, which should have helped coax the 50+ crowd into the theater. Unfortunately, while Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit made money worldwide, it didn’t do so well domestically. Regardless, it might still be worth checking out on the DVD scene.
The plotty tale stars Chris Pine as the titular Jack Ryan, an economics genius who decides he wants to do his part for his country. Ryan joins the Marines, but after an operation goes bad, he is recruited by CIA operator Thomas Harper (Kevin Costner) to work with the organization in order to catch terrorists. When a mission takes Ryan to Russia, the spy meets a worthy opponent in Victor Cherevin (Kenneth Branagh, who also directed the flick). It also becomes clear that his work with the CIA could put his lover and partner Cathy (Kiera Knightley) at risk.
The film is a nice balance of intellectual intrigue and fast-paced action. So, whatever fans are looking for, they're likely find it. Unfortunately, the film isn't a master at either thing, and most will likely only be moderately entertained. Still, that's better than the average movie to hit theaters, and it's a great way to pass the time.
Best Special Feature: There are plenty of the basic deleted scenes available with the set, but if you are interested in the history of Clancy’s character as well as the United States’ history with Russia, you will probably enjoy "Old Enemies Return," an extensive extra tying the bad guys from the four Jack Ryan movies together.
Other Bonus Features:
Commentary by Kenneth Branagh and Lorenzo di Bonaventura
"Jack Ryan: The Smartest Guy in the Room"
"Sir Kenneth Branagh: The Tsar of Shadow Recruit"
"Jack Ryan: A Thinking Man of Action"
Deleted and Extended Scenes
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