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Bettie's Box Office:Jack Ryan Shadow Recruit Review
Updated: Friday, February 14 2014, 05:15 AM CST
If you're going to reboot a long-dormant franchise, Chris Pine may be one of the best actors to do it.
Pine had no trouble making himself comfortable as Captain Kirk in the reboot of the Star Trek films. Now, he's taking a turn at bringing Jack Ryan back to the big screen in Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit.
It's hard to believe, but it's been 24 years since Alec Baldwin played Jack Ryan in the film, The Hunt for Red October. Harrison Ford took over for two movies and then Ben Affleck stepped in for The Sum of All Fears in 2002. That makes Chris Pine the fourth actor to take on a role created by author Tom Clancy in his best-selling series of military thrillers.
Pine plays Jack Ryan down the middle. He's neither as brutal as a Bourne, nor as suave as a Bond.
Unlike the earlier films, Shadow Recruit is an original story and isn't based on one of Clancy's novels. That may help explain why Ryan has to connect some pretty distant dots to move the plot along.
Kevin Costner is well cast as Ryan's CIA recruiter and handler. Keira Knightley puts some sizzle in a side story as Ryan's wife.
Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit is on par with the other movies in the series and, using the Bettie's Box Office rating system, makes for a good popcorn matinee.
The movie is dedicated to Tom Clancy, who died in October of last year.