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Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit
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Tagline: Trust no one.
Keira as: Cathy Muller
Genre: Action, Thriller
Duration: 105 minutes
Written by: Adam Cozad, David Koepp, Tom Clancy (based on characters created by)
Directed by: Kenneth Branagh
Other cast: Chris Pine, Kevin Costner, Kenneth Branagh, Lenn Kudrjawizki
Release date: January 17, 2014
Production budget: $60m
Total worldwide gross: $135.5m
Filming locations: Liverpool and London, England, UK and New York City, New York, USA

Based on the character created by bestselling author Tom Clancy, “Jack Ryan” is a global action thriller set in the present day. This original story follows a young Jack (Chris Pine) as he uncovers a financial terrorist plot. The story follows him from 9/11, through his tour of duty in Afghanistan, which scarred him forever, and into his early days in the Financial Intelligence Unit of the modern CIA where he becomes an analyst, under the guardianship of his handler, Harper (Kevin Costner). When Ryan believes he’s uncovered a Russian plot to collapse the United States economy, he goes from being an analyst to becoming a spy and must fight to save his own life and those of countless others, while also trying to protect the thing that’s more important to him than anything, his relationship with his fiancée Cathy (Keira Knightley).

Production Info
  • This was the last film to feature Tom Clancy’s fictional character Jack Ryan prior to the author’s death on October 1, 2013, of an undisclosed illness.
  • When asked about the possibility of a sequel to this film, star Chris Pine replied: “No. I don’t think it made enough money for that to happen. That’s one of my deep regrets, that we didn’t totally get that right. It’s a great franchise and if it’s not me, then I hope it gets a fifth life at this point. It’s just great. I love the spy genre. I hope it’s done again and with a great story.” In 2018, John Krasinski took on the role in Amazon’s television series based on the Ryanverse.
  • First film in the franchise that isn’t based on a specific novel in the Jack Ryan book series.
  • After having played British, German, Australian, Swedish, Danish and American characters in his career, this is the first time that Kenneth Branagh has played a Russian character.
  • In the hospital scene where Chris Pine is undergoing rehabilitation for injuries suffered in Afghanistan, the other patients are all actual Afghanistan veterans.
  • The original screenplay written by Adam Cozad was entitled ‘Dubai’ and was intended to be an action film starring Eric Bana. Paramount later asked Cozad to rewrite his old script and to change the lead character to Jack Ryan.
  • Viktor Cherevin’s company logo clearly resembles one of Enron’s drawing parallels between the Enron scandal and the Wall Street manipulation depicted in the film.
  • The film was originally set to take place in Dubai.
  • The painting in Cherevin’s office is Bogdan Willewalde’s “Czar’s Guard Captures 4th Line Regiment’s Standard at Austerlitz.” The Battle of Austerlitz was a victory for Napoleon and the engagement depicted in the painting was the only major Allied success in the battle. Ryan later alludes to the painting and wrongly connects it to the Battle of Waterloo, where Napoleon used cannon fire to distract attention from his attack. Unlike Austerlitz, Waterloo ended in Napoleon’s defeat.
  • In the scene where Jack and Cathy are talking in their living room there is a pillow on the sofa that has an eye chart on it. In the books, Cathy Ryan is an ophthalmic (eye) surgeon.
  • The screenplay for this film was featured in the 2007 Blacklist; a list of the “most liked” unmade scripts of the year.
  • Jack Bender was originally attached to direct this film until he was replaced by Kenneth Branagh due to his commitment to work for another project.
  • The tunnel chase scene was filmed in the Birkenhead Tunnel. It has also been the location for other chase scenes which include Harry Potter & The Deathly Hallows and Fast & Furious 6.
  • The film takes place on September 11, 2001, in March 2003, in November 2003 and from September to October 2012.
  • The second Jack Ryan film shot in Liverpool. The first being The Hunt For Red October. Both times the city center has doubled to downtown Moscow.
  • There were plans to build a cinematic universe of sorts with Kevin Costner’s character bridging a series between Chris Pine’s Jack Ryan and John Clark, another character created by Tom Clancy and the main character in some of Clancy’s books. Paramount had been courting Tom Hardy, who co-starred in This Means War, another spy-themed film alongside Pine, as Clark. But due to the box office performance of this film, Paramount abandoned the plan.
  • Character Quotes
  • I’ll make you a deal. The day you run all the way out of here, we’ll have dinner. And split the check.
  • So I dropped everything, and I called in every favor that I knew and I spent four hours at the consulate begging for a visa. You know, I wanted to make this grand gesture. I wanted you to see what you meant to me. So, I’m here. And you have to say something. Well, maybe it’s… Maybe it’s awful or hurtful or shameful. I don’t know. But you have to talk to me. You can’t let me think that I’m crazy any more. Because now I know that I’m not.
  • Jack: I don’t like you very much, Doctor.
    Cathy: I’m not a doctor. I’m a third-year med student who is four credits short in P.T. until you decide to walk.
  • Jack: I’m in the CIA.
    Cathy: Thank God. I thought you were having an affair.
  • Jack: These are dangerous people, Cathy. You cannot be here.
    Cathy: If you’d told me who you really were, I wouldn’t be.
    Jack: I took an oath! I took an oath. I couldn’t tell you unless we were married. And you wouldn’t marry me!
    Cathy: That’s why you wanted to marry me, so that you could tell somebody that you were in the CIA?
    Jack: No, of course not–
    Cathy: You lied to me for three years and you were good at it. I think you actually enjoyed it.
  • Cherevin: You flew all the way to Moscow to surprise him or to catch him, which was it?
    Cathy: That’s a rather personal question.
    Cherevin: WouLd you prefer impersonal? I’d rather talk than make chit-chat, wouldn’t you?
    Cathy: If we’re going to be married, I’d like to know that I can trust him.
    Cherevin: Trust. Truth. I think it’s like most opinions, best unexpressed.
    Cathy: You talk like Pechorin.
  • Cherevin: You don’t understand. Ageing isn’t the problem. Dying the proper way, that is the problem.
    Cathy: Not if you’ve lived a life without regret.
    Cherevin: How on earth does one do that? Regret. It piles up around us like books we never read.
    Cathy: Well, that’s the past. Can you live the rest of your life without regret?
  • Cathy: I’m flushed. Must be the wine.
    Cherevin: Or perhaps the company.
    Cathy: Are you about to misbehave?
    Cheverin: Would you like me to?
    Cathy: I haven’t decided yet.
  • Jack: You didn’t pick this life. I did.
    Cathy: But I picked you.
  • Quoting: Keira Knightley

    on her character: She is suddenly right in the middle of the whole operation. She’s very much like Jack in that she unexpectedly finds herself in this whole new situation facing a man who wants to end the world as we know it.

    on Cathy and Jack’s relationship: As far as the relationship between Jack and Cathy goes, I was interested with the idea of what happens to a relationship when there is a secret… you know, when there is something that can’t be discussed, and it’s something that can tear two people apart even though they are completely in love. I was interested in what that did to the relationship and I thought that was a very interesting part of the story as far as what people who work in secret services have to give up and the kind of emotional toll that it takes on them. I thought that was very interesting.

    on working with co-star Kevin Costner: I only did one scene with him and I wish I’d done more. He was a total delight.

    Quoting: Cast and Crew

    Director Kenneth Branagh: Keira brings intelligence, beauty and a sense of Cathy being a real equal to Jack.

    Co-star Chris Pine: I don’t know if I’ve ever had more fun with an actress. She could not have been any more professional. She’s younger than I am and she’s done probably three times more films than I have. She’d show up, super smart, friendly, charming, in it, in the moment, and then she’d wrap. There was zero drama with Keira Knightley. It was the most lovely, wonderful experience you could ask for. And she was just present. It was her job. She took her job really seriously. She would ask the right questions. I think what I respond to more often than anything is just intelligence, and she was just sharp as a tack. The scene that I remember most was the scene that we have with Kevin here when she gets on board with our plan to take down Viktor Cherevin. It was just a great joy to work with someone like Kevin who’s been doing it for so long and with Keira who’s been doing it much longer than I have. I just felt like I was an apprentice. She was lovely.

    Producer Mark Vahradian: Cathy is a pretty challenging character, but she’s perfect for someone of Keira’s capabilities.

    Critical Response

    Kyle Smith, New York Post:

    Knightley, though occasionally annoying, anchors perhaps the best scene in the movie when, having been drawn into the plot, she must divert Branagh’s Cherevin by talking about Russian literature while her boyfriend downloads every villainous file from the evil mainframe. She’s a doctor, not a kickboxer, and the movie doesn’t burn off credibility by giving her ridiculous stunts, while the tender moments with Jack lay down a solid foundation for him to risk it all and tear after her in one of the admirably few, but potent, action scenes.

    Manohla Dargis, New York Times:

    Although Mr. Branagh’s performance is best classified as twirled-mustache generic, the other performances are generally likable, including that of Keira Knightley as Ryan’s silly, interfering girlfriend, Cathy Muller.

    Justin Chang, Variety:

    There isn’t a bad performance in the picture; Knightley brings a steely but sympathetic edge to Cathy, embracing the new element of danger in her relationship with Ryan (to his chagrin), and Costner is especially fine as the rumpled, jaded agency mentor whose years of field experience come through when it counts.