"An action hero is reborn!" in Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit, origin story of Tom Clancy's most iconic character. The thrills are non-stop as CIA recruit Ryan (Chris Pine) is caught in a dangerous web of intrigue and espionage spun between a shadowy government agent (Academy Award-Winner Kevin Costner), his unsuspecting fiancee (Keira Knightley) and a fearless Russian power broker (Kenneth Branagh). Jack must quickly evolve from soldier to analyst to full-fledged operative to stop a devastating terrorist plot against the United States. The stakes have never been higher in this "taut, tense and terrific" thrill ride.
Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit arrives on blu-ray with MPEG-4 AVC 1080p 2.35:1 encode. This terrific transfer has a warm cinematic presence. Contrast is excellent with deep, solid blacks and revealing shadow delineation. The colour palette is richly hued with strong primaries and vibrant highlights that pop with brightness. Colour graduations are perfectly smooth and beautifully textured. Resolution is outstanding, with fine detail evident throughout. Detail is never lost, even in the darkest scenes. Facial features are finely resolved, as well as hair, clothing, and object texture. Fleshtones are perfectly hued, for impressive naturalness. This is a wonderful picture with stunning, reference imagery. (5/5)
The DTS-HD Master Audio 7.1-channel soundtrack is effectively impressive, with a fully active immersive soundfield that envelops throughout, both in terms of low-level ambiance and energized peaks. The track is consistently dynamic, full, wide, and rich, delivering everything from robust musical notes to subtle ambiance with ease and lifelike accuracy. Music is very well spaced and plays with natural, enveloping stage presence. Clarity is strong throughout the range. Action sound effects are impeccably placed and detailed, whether the chaotic sounds of a helicopter before and after coming under fire, gunshots, or car crashes. Even more subtle sound effects, like brass casings falling to the floor after ejection from a suppressed pistol, play with an uncanny lifelike sound. Gently falling rain and rolling thunder, typical big city din, and airport public address announcements all play with a lifelike clarity and precision placement. Dialogue flows evenly and clearly from the center. This is a top-notch, reference-capable soundtrack from Paramount. (5/5)
This is the fifth installment of the Jack Ryan franchise, following The Hunt For Red October (Alec Baldwin), Patriot Games and Clear And Present Danger (Harrison Ford) and The Sum Of All Fears (Ben Affleck). Chris Pine did great justice to Clancy's patriotic, honest and heroic character. Ken Branagh was simply terrific, both as the Director, and as a ruthless Russian criminal, Viktor Cherevin. He brings an intensity to his villainous character, the likes of which we haven't seen in a Jack Ryan film yet. Both Kevin Costner and Keira Knightley are also terrific in their roles. For the first time not based on a previously existing Jack Ryan book, Shadow Recruit features a completely original story that gives the character an origin, a backstory and a motivation. (4.5/5)
I could not believe my eyes when one day I notice the price for Jack Ryan: Shadow Recuit suddenly dropped to $14.99. Naturally, I jumped at the offer. It wasn’t a One Day Deal nor Special Time-Limiting Deal. The low price just quietly sneaked in there. It does pay to scan the prices of items you want on a regular basis. Now the price has gone up to $18.99.
Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit is a worthy entry to Tom Clancy's five-film-deep Jack Ryan franchise, a solid way to kick-start the franchise for new viewers while pleasing the long-time fans. It's surprisingly well balanced with character, emotion, romance, plot, action and tension. The original screenplay written by Adam Cozad was entitled Dubai and was intended to be an action film starring Eric Bana. Paramount later asked Cozad to rewrite his old script and to change the lead character to Jack Ryan. Unfortunately, the box office was a failure. With good blu-ray sale, hopefully, we don’t have to wait another decade for another sequel to the Jack Ryan franchise. Both the video and audio are terrific. I particularly enjoyed the Commentary by Kenneth Branagh in the Bonus Feature, where the informative track demonstrated how grand his knowledge of filmmaking is. This set is highly recommended.Read more ›
Disappointing movie not based on any of Tom Clancy's books nor fitting into the continuity. And a new actor (the third) playing Jack Ryan. Didn't work for me. I won't be buying this. From the very start things didn't click for me.