As far as the story goes, Jack Ryan got recruited by the CIA through becoming a desk agent, stationed at Wall St. to see if there are unusual economic activities that may be a threat to national security. When a Russian company raised flags, Ryan was sent to Moscow to do an audit, but instead launched his career as an operative, getting his fiancé Cathy involved when she surprised him with a visit.
I was expecting the whole production to scream "spy thriller, super awesome sequences" but it didn't. Most of the thrilling parts were either done electronically, or worst, on an escalating climactic scene to turn only into a let down. My favorite scenes were actually of the villains in the forest. The scenes had a sinister mood to it, more than the supposed thriller parts of things.
The reboot of the character was to introduce him with a bit of an origin story, but does it make a good one? It looks like all the cards have been dealt, and subsequent movies would find it a bit difficult to make his character interesting. We know that this Jack Ryan is loyal, and despite being a former Marine, is still in adjustment to his new lifestyle. I would want to see on how they'd fully reboot the character, but as a whole, this left me disinterested with the franchise.
Final Word: It has the elements to make a top notch formulaic spy thriller, but it underwhelms and falls flat.
Cast: Chris Pine, Keira Knightley, Kevin Costner
Director: Kenneth Branagh