Sunday, January 19, 2014

Jack Ryan looks sharp as a shadow recruit -- a plausible idea

Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit”, directed by Shakespearian Brit Kenneth Branagh, who also plays as a villain, presents Chris Pine as Jack, the new Renaissance man.  A PhD graduate student at Oxford on 9-11, he joins the Marines and gets shot down.  He starts dating a young doctor (Keira Knightley) who helps him recover.  Then he is recruited by the CIA to work as a shadow in a Wall Street hedge fund, looking for irregularities in Russian accounts. 

The film is based on "trademarked" characters from Tom Clancy novels.  Don't worry, the characters in my own novel and screenplays are totally original and different from this, although I do use the idea of being on the CIA or spook payroll while having a regular job (in my case, a high school AP history teacher -- which Ryan could obviously do). 

The Putin crowd plans to crash the dollar as a reserve currency (Porter Stansberry has explained that idea – see my “cf” blog Sept. 1, 2013) by a super short sell and a simultaneous terror attack, a gigantic conventional underground explosion below the Financial District, engineered by a Russian Orthodox extremist in Michigan.  Then Americans will have a depression and learn what it is like to be poor, so the movie say.

When he arrives in Moscow (done with CGI – actually filmed around Liverpool, UK – Russia wouldn’t be too happy to cooperate on this one), he is chased by a burly man from Uganda – obvious political reference again – and he drowns the thug in the toilet with his bare hands.

Part of the plot concerns the couple and "heterosexual marriage", another culture war twist that causes the CIA to have to recruit Cathy (the young doctor) too with no clearance when she shows up wanting a weekend with her hero boyfriend.  Pine is very likable in this film as the "hero".  He doesn't oversell himself. 
The official Paramount-Skydance site is here.
I do like the idea of a “shadow employee” – I use that concept in my own “Angel’s Brothers” novel.

I saw the film in Regal’s RPX.

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