This weekend marks the release of the anticipated new Jack Ryan movie Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit, which is a reboot of the classic Tom Clancy character and series. The film was pushed into 2014 after originally supposed to be hitting theaters on Christmas 2013, but Paramount replaced it with Martin Scorsese’s The Wolf Of Wall Street, which ended up being a move that secured multiple Oscar nominations.
But that’s where the two films stop being mentioned together as Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit is currently registering a rotten rating on Rotten Tomatoes among top critics. The film has a fresh rating when you compile all reviews, but the top Rotten Tomato critics are pretty split on the film.
The core essentials that made the previous Jack Ryan movies accessible and enjoyable remain intact in Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit, even if many of the individual pieces have changed.
As espionage thrillers go, Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit skillfully marshals all the familiar elements. That’s the damn problem.
“Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit,” well acted up and down, feels caught halfway between being an idiotic spy picture for adolescents, and a reasonably grown-up thriller for reasonably grown-up grown-ups.
The film is slow in getting started and once it’s underway it’s only intermittently involving. It’s also occasionally far-fetched.
As you can see, not everyone hated the film, and no one blasted it as the firs piece of crap of 2014. The negative reviews more or less reflected disappointment.