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Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit, a review by GSyren

Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit (5-051368-257433)
United States 2014 | Released 2014-06-02 on Bluray from Paramount Home Entertainment
106 minutes | Aspect ratio Non-anamorphic 2.40:1 | Audio: English DTS-HD Master Audio 7.1, German Dolby Digital 5.1, Audio Descriptive Dolby Digital 5.1, Spanish Dolby Digital 5.1, French Dolby Digital 5.1, Italian Dolby Digital 5.1, Japanese Dolby Digital 5.1, Commentary Dolby Digital 2-Channel Stereo
Directed by Kenneth Branagh and starring Chris Pine, Keira Knightley, Kevin Costner, Kenneth Branagh, Lenn Kudrjawizki

"Look out Bond and Bourne... Ryan's back" in Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit, the origin story of Tom Clancy's most iconic character. The thrills are non-stop as CIA recruit Ryan (Chris Pine) is caught in a dangerous web of intrigue spun between his unsuspecting fiancée (Keira Knightley), a shadowy government agent (Academy Award® winner Kevin Costner*), and a ruthless Russian criminal (Academy Award® nominee Kenneth Branagh**). Ryan must quickly evolve from analyst to fully-fledged operative to stop a devastating terrorist plot against the United States. The stakes have never been higher in this "clever, super-suspenseful" thrill ride.

*Director; Best Picture, Dances with Wolves, 1990 **Actor in a Supporting Role, My Week with Marilyn, 2011; Adapted Screenplay, Hamlet, 1996; Short Film, Swan Song, 1992; Actor; Director, Henry V, 1989.

My thoughts about Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit:
Well, here's another case of a movie that I didn't have any high expectations for. In fact I had very low expectations. Chris Pine as a young Harrison Ford character? No way!

Well, it turns out that Chris Pine isn't the problem with this film. It's the script. It's definitely below par.  And Keira Knightley trying to pass for an American. If they wanted an American, why didn't they cast one. It's not that there is a shortage of US actresses that could play that part. I wonder if that was Kenneth's idea?

If you turn your brain off, this film can be moderately entertaining. But I wouldn't really recommend it. If you're looking for brainless action movies there are far more entertaining stuff to be had.
I rate this title

(From Reviews and ramblings by Gunnar on January 20th, 2015)

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Hooked, a review by Jimmy

Hooked (Original title : Curfew Breakers)

Years : 1957

Director : Alexander J. Wells

Stars :

Paul Kelly
Alex Wells (The movie director)
Regis Toomey
Cathy Downs

Synopsis :

While the cops investigate the disparition of a young teenager they fall into a drug network who target the high school students.

Viewing experience :

This film, like many others, is about the great evil that spreads all over the young generation : The Narcotics. The film is more serious than some others of the genre (Assasin of Youth, Reefer Madness or Marihuana), but it had a lot of misinformation too, but this is not the reason why those movie were made. So we have a group of teenager, who don't look like teenagers (the drug dealer is 21 but he look older than me), who are heroins addict and they do everything to have it. The film use a lot of naration and it's a good thing because sometimes the story is confusing. The detective is played by Paul Kelly who did a good job, not really surprising since he is an actor since 1911 (the surprise is more that he was in jail 2 years for murder) and the rest of the cast is not so great to be generous.

The film is short and this is not a bad way to pass 70 minutes. But if you think that you'll laugh as much as you did with Reefer Madness, forget it this one is more serious. Not a great movie, but much better than what I was expecting.

Rating : 3/5

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(From DVD Profiler random marathon on December 19th, 2007)

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2016 TV Pilot Reviews, a review by DJ Doena

Timeless Website
Timeless @ Wikipedia
Timeless @ IMDb

Without the government's knowledge, a high-tech mogul has built his very own time machine. But then terrorists steal it to change the past.

And now the government is involved. They send back a three-person team to 1937 to prevent the terrorists from accomplishing their mission.

They send a history professor, a soldier and a black computer engineer.

I'm on the fence with this show. The premise does not have any internal consistency and they're partially self-aware of it by having the black man commenting on it being a bad idea to send someone like him back into any part of American history.

The worst is the time-travel logic which basically does not exist. To explain this you need to have three points of view. Our real world POV A, then the one of the time travelers B1 (bad guys) and B2 (good guys) and the ones left behind C.

The pilot episode revolves around the Hindenberg airship which burned and crashed on May 6, 1937. This is the starting premise for A, B1, B2 and C.

Then the bad guys go into the past. As the end of the pilot episode shows there is no kind of ripple effect as used by Back to Future where changes in the past take a while to have effect on the present. Which means that the moment B1 left for the past, B2 and C (which at that moment are still identical) should already live in the alternate present A' which differs from our A.

But they don't. They know Flynn (the bad guy, played by ER's Goran Višnjić) went into the past, but their B2/C present is still identical with A. They then went after him and change the past in a slightly different way. When B2 comes back to the present, history actually had changed and the present is now A" and the C group has no idea it ever was A.

Which means when the bad guys go back, the present is not changed, but when the good guys do, it is?!? Sense this makes none.

And that's not the only problem. They are also greeted back, so even in this alternate present they were sent back to the past.

You can't think too much about it which means to enjoy the show you'll have to concentrate on the other aspects. And it's not getting any easier there either.

The group's composition is not very well explained either. The historian's reason for being there is hinted at as a mystery. That I can accept. The soldier on the other hand is not the brightest bulb in the chandelier and there wasn't actually any explained reason why Rufus (the black man) had to come along. Nothing he did in the past couldn't have been done by anyone else.

And the show was preachy. It seems as if the only reason Rufus had to come along was to shout at some random stranger that no one cares that O.J. is a murderer and black Michaels are good at sports.

I'll watch a few more episodes but as a time-travel concept the 90's shows Quantum Leap and Seven Days did it better.

(From 2016 TV Pilot Reviews on October 8th, 2016)