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|Originaltitel:||Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit|
|Laufzeit:||Ca. 105 min.|
|FSK:||From 12 years|
After having tried in 2002 to relaunch the popular "Jack Ryan" series with Ben Affleck as successor of Alec Baldwin and Harrison Ford in a rejuvenated form, the next reboot experiment is now starting with "Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit". With Chris Pine ("Star Trek"), the fourth actor now slips into the role of the character conceived by writer Tom Clancy, who is allowed to return to his beginnings here under the direction of Kenneth Branagh.
After the attacks of September 11, Jack Ryan (Chris Pine) wants to fight for his country and volunteers for service in Afghanistan. When his helicopter is shot down there and Ryan is seriously injured, his time in the military has come to an abrupt end. But with the help of physiotherapist Cathy Muller (Keira Knightley) Ryan fights her way back into life. The dedication he shows in doing so impresses the CIA agent William Harper (Kevin Costner) to such an extent that he recruits the ex-soldier after his recovery. Ryan is deployed on Wall Street, where he is supposed to look out for conspicuous financial transactions for the government. Tooth years later, he traces the work of the Russian oligarch Viktor Cherevin (Kenneth Branagh), who apparently plans a devastating attack on the global financial system. It's time for Jack Ryan to leave his secure desk to embark on a dangerous field mission that is nothing less than preventing an international crisis of unprecedented proportions. But Ryan's intelligence is enough to take on an ice-cold and powerful opponent like Cherevin?
Kenneth Branagh has staged a very straightforward thriller with "Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit", which offers few surprises and even seems a little dusty with the Russian opponent. Nonetheless, this new "Jack Ryan" offers solid genre entertainment throughout, which even manages to captivate in some scenes and has some good moments of tension to show. There isn't much action, but when it's used, it's staged absolutely first-class. Whether it's a wild chase through the streets of Moscow or a hands-on duel in a hotel room, Branagh knows very well how to stage the more action-packed elements of his thriller in an appealing and thrilling way.
The actors also deliver convincing performances. While Chris Pine is a brave title hero, Kevin Costner leaves a consistently positive impression as a fatherly mentor. Kenneth Branagh himself obviously had a lot of fun playing the bad guy. What makes his character so successful is not only Branagh's game, but also the fact that Cherevin isn't a completely one-dimensional villain, but that he also gets a certain humanity. This makes him interesting as a character and his comprehensible obsession all the more threatening. So while Cherevin and Harper are really well drawn characters, Keira Knightley as Ryan's girlfriend Cathy remains rather pale. It is true that attempts are being made to attribute some significance to their role. But in the end Knightley isn't much more than a pretty showpiece without real content.
All in all, all the positive ingredients and the small weaknesses make "Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit" entertaining entertainment without a big long-term effect. It's fun to watch the movie, but after the credits it quickly falls into oblivion again. That's still enough to justify going to the movies. But for a really successful and long-lasting revival of the "Jack Ryan" franchise this is just too little. So if you don't expect a profound political thriller or an action masterpiece, but simply feel hungry for solid gene feed, "Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit" can be warmly recommended to you. Worth seeing
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