Last week I saw "Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit" at the movies, and upon leaving the theater I made a mental note to myself to check out the movie soundtrack, as the orchestral score plays prominently in the movie.
"Jack Ryan Shadow Recruit - Music From the Motion Picture" (24 tracks; 73 min.) brings the movie score rom the Scottish film composer Patrick Doyle. Doyle is a veteran of movie soundtracks, including Rise of the Planet of the Apes, Brave and Thor, just to name those. It's difficult to pinpoint to specific highlights on this soundtrack, as the tracks come and go pretty quickly and this truly plays like an album. I mean, you're not going to play, say, "Shadow Accounts" by itself and then go to a different album altogether! But of course there are several pieces that caught my particular attention, including the afore-mentioned "Shadow Accounts", but also later on "The Engagement" (as brief as it is). Check out as well the 8 min. "Stealing The Data", perhaps the pivotal moment in the movie. As is so often the case with these soundtracks, you can almost make out the entire script from just looking at the titles of these tracks. I suppose it's unavoidable, but still annoying for those that haven't seen the film. That quibble aside, if you like movie soundtracks, this one is definitely worth checking out.
As to the movie itself, while it is certainly not a bad movie per se, and the time flew by pretty quickly, I was nevertheless let down as something is not quite right with this Jack Ryan reboot. For one, Chris Pine seems mismatched/overmatched for this role. For another, the action scenes don't always deliver. For example, the crucial break-in sequence (where Ryan penetrates the office of the bad guy) goes off way too easily. If you like Jack Ryan, I suggest you check the movie out for yourself, be it in the theater or on DVD/Blu-ray, and draw your own conclusions about this reboot.