Parents' Guide to

Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit

By Sandie Angulo Chen, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Clancy-based political thriller has moderate violence.

Movie PG-13 2014 105 minutes
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this action/adventure movie Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit is a great action movie stars with Chris pine good for your teens and parents you need to know that Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit has some intense violence some strong language used and drinking used such as wine and vodka.

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Kids say (21 ):

Pine, a likable and charming actor, has clearly taken a cue from not just the previous actors who've played Jack Ryan, but also the undisputed king of spy films, Tom Cruise. Like Cruise, who has built his career on playing conflicted heroes, Pine knows how to play a range of earnest, determined, deadly, and full of confident swagger. You can't help but root for him, especially as the supporting actors -- Costner and Knightley in particular -- make this such an easy-to-watch political thriller. Is it as smart as Tinker, Tailer, Soldier, Spy? No. Is it as deeply personal as Patriot Games? Not quite.

But Branagh is clearly having fun rebooting the legend of agent Jack Ryan, and he gave himself the most entertaining role as a Russian mobster/financier (apparently one is the other). Those old enough to recognize him will thrill at the fact that none other than Mikhail Baryshnikov plays a Russian minister with sinister motives. And Costner, who's approaching 60, seems to have accepted his role as the elder statesman quite adeptly. This isn't the best spy flick ever, but it's worth seeing for what it is -- a decent genre thriller with an engaging cast.

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