Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit

by Steve Lancaster   2/3/14

This was not a waste of money. In fact I found it to be one of the best comedies in the last 10 years. I doubt that it was intended to be so, but anyone who has done real intelligence work will laugh till their sides hurt. The original Jack Ryan character created by the late Tom Clancy, in Hunt for Red October, was somewhat larger than life but still a possible character. In many respects like the original James Bond in the Fleming books. It’s one of the beauties of Dr. No, movie and book, that James Bond is a possible person.

Jack Ryan has almost no tradecraft, he blithely walks in to red zones, and seems surprised when he gets shot at. While I do not discount the action/adventure side of the movie. Lots of shooting blowing things up and saving the free world from the nasty commies.

If however, you are looking for inklings into the secret life of spies, you are much better off seeking another movie. Perhaps the original Tinker, Taylor, Soldier Spy with Alec Guinness as George Smiley would be a good place to start.


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