If James Bond has taught us anything about spy movies is that they can be more than typical blockbuster action films with some run and gun mission. They can be smart, too, with the addition of real world problems whether it’s drugs, gangs, terrorists, or even political conflicts.
Not every Bond thriller hit the mark of something that was so smart it should be applied to our government, but it was certainly interesting to see how something this built up and serious would play out given the intelligence of agents. The problem here is that there aren’t a lot of other spy movies besides the 007 franchise or Mission Impossible series that I can count up as something stimulating and exciting.
Take Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy for example. It was based on real life conspiracies within British Intelligence about moles that were actually working for the Soviet Union. Now this is something that could have been interesting, but the problem here was that the movie played out too real. The final result was boring with too many spies looking similar with spy stuff that felt too familiar. So let’s see if Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit can finally add on another memorable intelligence/adrenaline rush that’s not 007 related.
A college student studying economics, Jack Ryan (played by Chris Pine), is affected enough from 9/11 to alter his course to instead fight in the Marines. Jack barley survives a helicopter crash that puts him in a long rehab. Here is where he meets his future fianc