Movie Review: Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit Vs. 3 Days to Kill

Title: Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Director: Kenneth Branagh
Runtime: 1 hour 58 minutes
Starring: Chris Pine, Keira Knightley, Kevin Costner
Release Date: January 17, 2014

Title: 3 Days To Kill
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Director: McG
Runtime: 1 hour 57 minutes
Starring: Kevin Costner
Release Date: February 21, 2014

My Thoughts:

I recently watched 2 Kevin Costner movies on back to back nights. I definitely preferred watching 3 Days to Kill over Jack Ryan. I really loved Kevin Costner's character, and I liked how he tried so hard to be a good father, even though his daughter was giving him such a hard time. The combination of humor and violence throughout the movie was a great mix. The movie had a human element to it that was missing in Jack Ryan, and that made me feel connected to the characters and care about what happened to them. Overall, 3 Days to Kill was very entertaining and a great way to spend an evening.

The main reason I didn't like Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit was because I never felt anything for the characters. The story was too technical and more focused on the mission rather than the characters, so I was never able to connect with any of them. Keira Knightley was brought in as the love interest and (I believe) to add a human element to the story, but her appearance failed to inspire any feelings in me. In the end, the movie was just not very exciting and had one dimensional characters.

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  1. There have been too many Jack Ryans in movies: Harrison Ford, Alec Baldwin, Ben Affleck... I mean, how am I supposed to adapt to this? I guess it's like James Bonds - you get to pick your favorite...

    1. Yes, too many versions of the same character. This one starts at the very beginning though, and was supposed to be the first in a series of movies. However, with the lack of success of this one, I don't know if any more movies are forthcoming.


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