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Film: Jack Ryan Shadow Recruit

Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit is a Continuity Reboot of the film series based on the character of Jack Ryan created by the late Tom Clancy. It stars Chris Pine as Jack Ryan, Keira Knightley as his wife Cathy, Kevin Costner as Ryan's CIA superior William Harper, and Kenneth Branagh (who also directs) as Viktor Cherevin, a sinister Russian who plans to use a terrorist attack to crash the U.S. economy. It will be the first Jack Ryan film that is not based on any of the novels in the Jack Ryan book series.

The trailer can be seen here.

Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit provides examples of:

  • Adapted Out: One of the most popular characters from the Jack Ryan novels, John Clark, does not make even a single appearance in this film.
  • Adaptational Dye Job: The book version of Cathy is a classical blond-haired, blue-eyed beauty. In this film she's a brunette.
  • Alas, Poor Villain: Cherevin.
  • The Alcoholic: Cherevin, for whom the symptoms of one of the problems with alcoholism is clearly obvious to Cathy Mueller, who figures out that he's dying of cirrhosis of the liver caused by a lifetime of heavy drinking.
  • Artistic License - Military: Jack Ryan becomes a Marine officer after 9/11, but the oath we hear him take is for enlisted men. The officer's oath makes no mention of the President or obeying orders.
  • Badass: Harper is definitely this, not only serving as Ryan's Mission Control during a break-in at Cherevin's office, but fighting attacking forces when their safe house's secrecy is compromised.
  • Badass Bookworm: Jack Ryan, who although trained as a Marine is primarily an analyst working undercover for the CIA.
  • Badass Crew: Every one of the CIA agents on Harper's team is a badass.
  • Battle Trophy: Cherevin keeps an American grenade on his desk, similar to the one that nearly killed him in Afghanistan.
  • Benevolent Boss: Rob Behringer, Jack's boss at the Wall Street investment house where he works. He seems to genuinely like Jack, and even warns him "If you see any sign that the FSB is involved in this, I want you to take the first plane back home. Those guys play rough."
  • Big Bad: Viktor Cherevin
  • Book Ends: Cherevin receiving a phonecall to meet with Minister Sorokin immediately. The first meeting kicks off Lamentations, the second meeting has Cherevin being executed for his failure.
  • Bullying a Dragon: After foolishly allowing himself to be manipulated into giving up his access card by Jack and Cathy, the chief of security for his boss verbally berates him for being so powerless against vodka and women, and ends by saying "your son would be ashamed of you." Cherevin immediately grabs a gun and kills his security chief for the unwanted criticism.
  • Cleanup Crew: After Jack's encounter with an assassin who was posing as his bodyguard, he notifies Harper's team about the dead body in his hotel room. After meeting with Harper, he returns to his room to find that the body has been removed and the damage from the brawl has been repaired.
  • Commanding Coolness: Harper was a Commander in the U.S. Navy (and, given his skill when it comes to small unit infantry combat, it's quite likely that he was a SEaL).
  • Chekhov's Gun: Teddy's motorcycle.
  • Dragon-in-Chief / The Heavy: Aleksandr to Cherevin and Sorokin.
  • The Dreaded: Pretty much everybody in this movie is scared of the FSB (the Federal Security Service, Russia's primary internal security agency and the successor to the KGB's Second Chief Directorate).note 
  • Establishing Character Moment: Ryan's chopper ride, which establishes he's smart, left college to join the Marines, and is dogged in pursuit of leads and intel.
  • Explain, Explain... Oh, Crap!: Jack keeps explaining to Harper what their man inside Cherevin's office will need to do.. and then realizing that he's the guy.
  • Expy:
    • William Harper seems to be an expy of both Admiral James Greer and John Clark from the novels. Both Greer and Clark are Navy veterans, as is Harper. Greer, like Harper, encouraged Ryan to come to work for the CIA and served as a mentor to him. Also, Harper and Clark are both highly competent field officers are aren't afraid to kill in the line of duty.
    • Viktor Cherevin is very similar to Raizo Yamata from Debt Of Honor. Both are powerful businessmen who plan to weaken the value of the dollar and cause economic chaos in the U.S.
  • Face Death with Dignity: When Cherevin is called to meet with Sorokin at the end of the film, you can see on his face that he knows he is going to be killed. When he arrives at the meeting point, he doesn't beg or plead, he just states that he did it all for Russia (of course, the fact that he was dying of liver failure probably didn't give him much fear of being killed).
  • Florence Nightingale Effect: Jack and Cathy begin falling for each other while he's being rehabilitated from his back injury and she is his physical therapist. However, they don't begin dating until his rehabilitation is over because it's an ethics violation for a doctor to date their patient.
  • Handicapped Badass: The helicopter crash crushed Ryan's spine, but he still managed to get up and pull two men out. Years later he is still wearing a back brace, has a slight limp, and continues to have a prescription for powerful painkillers, but none of it stops him from going from a desk job to field work with aplomb when forced to.
  • The Handler: Harper serves as this to Ryan.
  • Hopeless War: The wars in Afghanistan; Cherevin mentions over dinner that he served during the Soviet occupation.
    "Different time, different empire, same graveyard."
  • Hospital Hottie: Cathy Muller, who is played by the very attractive Kiera Knightley.
  • Karma Houdini: Minister Sorokin.
  • In Memoriam: Word of God has stated that the film will be dedicated to Tom Clancy, who passed away on October 1, 2013.
  • Invisible President: Jack gets to meet the President of the United States due to his role in averting the terrorist attack on Wall Street. Other than an arm extended for a handshake, however, the President is not seen, though his voice is heard.
  • Ivy League For Everyone: Jack is shown attending the London School of Economics when the 9/11 attacks occur.
  • Mistaken for Cheating: Cathy flies to Russia because she thinks that Jack is cheating on her. She's so happy he's not cheating, she's actually pretty cool with him being in the CIA.
  • Meaningful Echo: "Meet me half way."
  • Mythology Gag: Although this film is not a direct adaptation of any of the Jack Ryan novels, it does borrow some plot elements from some of them. For example:
    • Jack's secretiveness causing Cathy to suspect he's having an affair also happened in The Sum of All Fears.
    • The plot to weaken the dollar and cripple the U.S. economy was from Debt Of Honor.
    • Jack ambushing an armed foe by dropping on him from above happened in The Hunt for Red October.
    • A man falling for his physical therapist while in rehabilitation for a back injury happened between John Kelly and Sandy O'Toole in Without Remorse.
    • Jack being given a gun and asked to temporarily act as a field agent happened in Red Rabbit. Not to mention also having to backup Ramius in The Hunt for Red October.
    • Monitoring the stock market to find sources of terrorist group funding was the purpose of the Campus in Teeth Of The Tiger.
  • The New Russia: The main antagonist of the movie, incarnated in both Victor Cherevin and Minister Sorokin.
  • Not So Different: Jack Ryan and Victor Cherevin. Both fought for their respective countries, both served in Afghanistan (which Cherevin notes is still a graveyard), and both are employed by shadowy elements of their governments in an economic capacity.
  • Sherlock Scan: Being a medical doctor, Cathy can tell from the Big Bad's appearance that he is dying from cirrhosis of the liver.
  • Spy Couple: Jack and Cathy temporarily become this out of necessity.
  • Torture Technician: Cherevin casually explains to Jack how he and his fellow prisoners discovered that breaking a lightbulb in someone's mouth is a highly effective way of causing long-term damage.
  • Trailers Always Lie: The trailers play up Jack as a kind of James Bond/Jason Bourne assassin badass and Cathy as a honey pot/double agents. In reality, Jack is an analyst pressed into field work, and Cathy is exactly what she is in the books: a doctor.
  • The War on Terror: Jack Ryan joins the Marines not too long after 9/11.
  • Your Days Are Numbered: Cherevin is dying from cirrhosis of the liver, with only a few months left to live.
  • You Have Failed Me:
    • Cherevin kills his security chief after Jack successfully steals his computer files.
    • Minister Sorokin has his agent Cherevin killed after his plan has failed.

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