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Plot Overview

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at deskAfter serving heroically in Afghanistan in the wake of 9/11, Lt. John P. “Jack” Ryan is tapped by the CIA for under­cover analyst work on Wall Street. Says his recruiter/handler Commander William Harper (Kevin Costner): “You have to keep it to your­self. Your employers won't know you work for us. The people you love won't know you do, either.” His boss thinks that as a compliance officer he tries too hard, that he's in danger of being too reckless, of rocking the boat as it were, when he traipses off to Moscow to pursue a hidden anomaly in a partner's books. His girl­friend Cathy Muller (Keira Knightley) thinks he's seeing some­one else when he refuses to get together with her in Paris once he's over there.

chauffeurKaboom!penguin on skisRyan's inner James Bond emerges when he acquires a glorified driver & body­guard in the host company's security officer Embee Deng (Nonso Anozie) a big buck Negro who's the proverbial friend who obviates the need for any enemies. Then since Jack is johnny-on-the-spot he gets to be the one (“You're not just an analyst any­more, you're operational”) to penetrate the office and breach the computer of bad guy Viktor Cherevin (Kenneth Branagh) to discover his plot to blow up a section of New York's financial district and concur­rently dump veiled American debt on the unsuspecting market to provoke a run­away sell-off collapsing America's economy. And guess whose girl­friend on a surprise visit (“grand gesture”) to check up on her peri­pa­tetic lover gets to be the distraction.


spud manspudIt's up for grabs how their romantic adventure will turn out, but that's nothing new.
spudspud     (Prov. 30:18-19) “There be three things which are too wonderful for me, yea, four which I know not: The way of an eagle in the air; the way of a serpent upon a rock; the way of a ship in the midst of the sea; and the way of a man with a maid.” The writer of this proverb juxtaposed three hard-to-track move­ments with romantic intrigue: a soaring eagle, a slithering snake, and a tossed-about ship. “Jack Ryan” employs images from the same three venues to prepare the viewer for the unanticipated love machinations.

battered cross“The way of an eagle in the air” corresponds to a helicopter crash in Afghanistan. Jack has to work at the relation­ship as he does with his physical therapy after­wards. The missile strike shook up the passengers like potatoes in a lunch pail, but it fortunately didn't explode on impact. Hang in there, buddy.

“The way of a serpent upon a rock” corresponds to Jack tossing his dirty clothes on the floor as if they will put them­selves away. When Cathy folds Jack's pants over her arm preparatory to hanging them up, a ticket stub from the movie Jack saw in order to pass some documents in the dark drops onto the floor. Cathy being unaware of Jack's secret life suspects the worst.

canoe trip“The way of a ship in the midst of the sea” corresponds to Jack's mad drive to the river in a van with a ticking time bomb in the back and a terrorist busy trying to over­ride the timer so he can trigger it him­self. When Cathy has the goods and Jack has to tell her some­thing, will it destroy their relations or be a cushioned shock?

Production Values

” (2014) was directed by British Kenneth Branagh who in it played Russian villain Viktor Cherevin. It was written by Adam Cozad and David Koepp using characters developed by Tom Clancy in several of his novels. It stars Chris Pine, Kevin Costner and Keira Knightley. Other actors include Kenneth Branagh, Lenn Kurjawizki, Alec Utgoff, Peter Andersson, Elena Velikanova, Nonso Anozie, Seth Ayott, Colm Feore, Gemma Chan, and (uncredited) Mikhail Baryshnivkov. The picture's support cast gave excellent performances. Pine's version of Jack Ryan made him seem a real patriot developing hidden talents. He and Knightley had good chemistry together. Costner's character exudes experience, not all of it painlessly acquired. Branagh's brutal character loved his son and appreciated a beautiful cathedral. Go figure.

MPAA rated it PG–13 for sequences of violence and intense action, and brief strong language. The run­time of 1¾ hours seems meant to give a fore­taste of action films to follow. There are good back­ground settings, impressive spy technology, and swift legerdemain.

Review Conclusion w/a Christian's Recommendation

The would-be spy's love interest is of a questionable shared response. Is she leading him on or does she really care? As a third year med student is she taunting him in order to improve his physical therapy results or is it from a personal interest? Later she wears her ring in a restaurant but must necessarily remove it when performing (eye) surgery. In Moscow she leaves it in the hotel room but Jack brings it with him as if being used to such tricks. This is supposed to be for benefit of the driver to make her seem more available to the guy he reports to and whom she'll be in a better position to distract if she appears less committed to her fellow. Is she cohabiting with Jack or does she just stop by for convenience? If it's a religious hospital she's with, she might be the kind of prude they attract. We can think of her as a good girl if we want; the movie doesn't demand other­wise. The tensions in her relations with Jack go right along with the tensions in Jack's line of work making this film a winner.

Movie Ratings

Action factor: Edge of your seat action-packed. Suitability for Children: Suitable for children 13+ years with guidance. Special effects: Amazing special effects. Video Occasion: Good Date Movie. Suspense: Keeps you on the edge of your seat. Overall movie rating: Five stars out of five.