Based on the character created by bestselling author Tom Clancy, “Jack Ryan” is an action thriller set in the present day. This original story follows a young Jack as he uncovers a financial terrorist plot.
The story follows him from 9/11, through his tour of duty in Afghanistan, which scarred him forever, and into his early days in the Financial Intelligence Unit of the modern CIA where he becomes an analyst, under the guardianship of his handler, Harper. When Ryan believes he’s uncovered a Russian plot to collapse the United States economy, he goes from being an analyst to becoming a spy and must fight to save his own life and those of countless others, while also trying to protect the thing that’s more important to him than anything, his relationship with his fiancee Cathy.
In Theaters: January 17, 2014
Director: Kenneth Branagh
Starring: Chris Pine, Keira Knightley, Kevin Costner
I was a teenager when the “Hunt for Red October” came out and I loved it. I also enjoyed the two movies with Harrison Ford in the role of Jack Ryan. Tom Clancy’s novels are involved and fun to read. This version will have a lot to live up to in my mind. I plan on having an open mind when seeing this movie.
I like Chris Pine and Costner as actors and with Kenneth Branagh as the bad guy and also director I feel better about this incarnation then I did with “The Sum of all Fears” with Ben Affleck.
It’s not so bad, and especially considering that it’s the month of January, you could definitely do a lot worse.