Chris Pine as Jack Ryan? OK, But Surely We Can Do Better

by Mindy Monez October 15, 2009 1:38 pm
Chris Pine as Jack Ryan? OK, But Surely We Can Do Better Between Jack Bauer and Jason Bourne I'm not sure we really need a Jack Ryan franchise reboot anymore, but I do have a great deal of nostalgia for the Alec Baldwin and Harrison Ford films, and wouldn't mind seeing the character come back from the Ben Affleck debacle of '02. Apparently neither would Paramount, as they have a script for a new film from The Wings of the Dove writer Hossein Amini and a new Jack Ryan in Star Trek (and Princess Diaries 2!) star Chris Pine.

Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit – The Sum of All Ryans

by Ethan Alter January 17, 2014 6:00 am
<i>Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit</i> – The Sum of All Ryans

When we last saw Jack Ryan -- CIA analyst and reluctant action hero -- on the big screen, he was racing against the clock to prevent an all-out nuclear war between American and Russia, the favorite antagonist of his creator, Tom Clancy. He also looked a lot like Ben Affleck, who had inherited the role from Harrison Ford, who in turn had inherited it from Alec Baldwin in a string of regenerations of Doctor Who-vian proportions. The casting switch was intended to give a fresh start to the then-three movie franchise, but following a respectable (though far from stellar) box-office performance, Affleck's Ryan was prematurely retired instead. (Just as well; there are a number of reasons why The Sum of All Fears didn't work and Affleck's callow performance tops the list. Funnily enough, though, he'd probably make a great fortysomething Ryan if he were to attack the part today.) A decade later, Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit offers up another Ryan regeneration from which the character emerges with the face and form of Chris Pine. More notably, though, this is the first Ryan adventure that isn't directly based on a Clancy novel and perhaps that explains why it works as well as it does… at least until it doesn't.

I Want My DVD: Tuesday, December 3, 2013

by Ethan Alter December 3, 2013 6:00 am
I Want My DVD: Tuesday, December 3, 2013

"Hey, bub -- whaddya mean I was a little pitchy in Les Miz?"

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