‘Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit’ Global Trailer: An Action-Packed Franchise Reboot

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With over a decade gone by since Ben Affleck played CIA analyst Jack Ryan in The Sum of All Fears, the time is ripe once more to bring one of Tom Clancy’s best-known characters back to the big screen for the start of a franchise. Kicking things off again in Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit is Chris Pine, fresh off the successful summer release of Star Trek Into Darkness and ready to take on the role that’s previously been played not only by Affleck, but also by Harrison Ford and Alec Baldwin.

A global trailer for Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit has just launched ahead of the film’s December release. It’s disappointingly similar to the first trailer that we saw earlier this month, featuring a lot of the same clips, but there’s enough new material in there to be worth watching for fans of Clancy’s work and of previous Jack Ryan movies like The Hunt for Red October and Patriot Games.

The desk job of a CIA analyst wouldn’t look all that exciting in a trailer, so before too long Jack goes from analyst to operator and is embroiled in an international scheme involving exploding helicopters, motorcycle chases, exploding buildings, shootouts and even more explosions. The main plot involves the two go-to action movie threats, terrorists and Russians, with the lead Russian terrorist played by director Kenneth Branagh. Jack’s wife Cathy (Keira Knightley) also gets involved in the action, though if Jack’s Batman-esque cry of “Where is she?” is anything to go by then her part in the plan doesn’t go completely smoothly.

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There’s some potential for confusion between Jack Ryan: Shadow Agent and last year’s thriller Jack Reacher, which might be why Branagh’s movie has been given the subtitle treatment. Jack Reacher, which was based on Lee Child’s novels and starred Tom Cruise as the eponymous military policeman, was only a modest success at the box office and is probably not going to get a sequel. On the bright side, this at least means that we won’t have Jack Ryan and Jack Reacher movies released side-by-side and causing mix-ups.

Do you think that Branagh’s movie stands a better chance of kicking off a real franchise? Tell us in the comments if this new trailer has inspired you to see Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit in theaters.


Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit is set for release on December 25th, 2013.

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  1. Looks OK I guess, Pines OK, Branagh is well Branagh, and good ol hit and miss Knightley worth giving it a shot on release anyway.

  2. Clancy + Branagh + Costner + Pine + Knightly = Delivery Guaranteed

    + Gemma Chan bonus statuesque beauty for discerning viewers.

  3. I think I just saw most of the film.


  5. I’m sorry but there was nothing even remotely interesting in that trailer. First, I’m sick of the BWAAAAA crap in trailers as is and it was poorly used here, secondly, it was just full of cliche action beats.

    The film may end up good but that trailer was both lame and sad.

  6. This looks like a watcher. I will give it a view when it comes out on Netflix.

  7. Ethan Hu..I mean…Jack Ryan looks like a good movie.

  8. Already seen this movie a hundred times if not more. The titles and names change a little but nothing remotely new here.

  9. Looks a bit MI / Bourne generic from the trailer…. I’ll wait for rental unless future trailers move it away from generic spy action fair

  10. I was hoping they would do another Tom Clancy movie but it looks like this is not a Clancy movie. Its based on his characters. If it is like the Bourne movies would be very happy.

  11. The only connection this film has to Clancy’s work is the names Jack and Cathy Ryan.
    And those names are the only thing that even try to distinguish this mission impossible Bourne shooter killers rehash.
    I’ll wait for the DVD. In fact, I’ll wait for redbox to get it.

  12. very nice action movie

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  14. I saw the film today and I really liked it! Previously on this site I said that
    if the movie was like the Bourne movies I would be very happy. Well I am happy right down to the chase scene. There were a few discrepancies from other Clancy movies but this wasn’t a real Clancy movie.