First Trailer for JACK RYAN: SHADOW RECRUIT Starring Chris Pine

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Paramount Pictures has released the first trailer for director Kenneth Branagh’s upcoming thriller Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit.  Based on the Tom Clancy character, the film stars Chris Pine as the titular Ryan, a Moscow-based financial analyst who faces off against his employer when he discovers a plot to finance a terrorist attack designed to collapse the U.S. economy.  There’s plenty of action to be found in this first look, and it’s complemented nicely by snippets of intrigue, espionage and a complicated web of character relationships.  My only knock on this first trailer is that there doesn’t appear to be a jaw-dropping action centerpiece, opting instead for a number of glances at a series of action scenes around the world.  As a teaser, it works great and I’m sure we’ll see much more between now and it’s theatrical release in a few months.

Hit the jump to watch the trailer.  The film also stars Branagh, Keira Knightley, Kevin Costner, David Paymer, and Peter Andersson.  Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit opens in theaters on Christmas Day.

Here’s the first trailer for Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit (via Yahoo!):

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 follow 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).

Directed by: Kenneth Branagh

Starring: Chris Pine, Keira Knightley and Kevin Costner

Written By: Adam Cozad and David Koepp

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  • Jim

    Could be ok. Looks average.

  • Mars

    Looks dull and boring. Branagh doesn’t know how to shoot action, his style (or lack there-of) is too conventional and traditional. Pine isn’t very interesting and Knightley is a dreadful bore, even when she for once stops playing the same character she plays in all those period movies. Costner’s presence is the only thing that makes this even tolerable.

    • dungeons and draccus’s

      Branagh should rank in the heights of film if just for Henry V. When we add to that Hamlet, Much Ado about Nothing, a storied career on theatre and television (Wallander), a brilliant turn as Laurence Olivier among other things, directing the most successful Phase One Marvel film…we have a brilliant career indeed.

      • Brian James

        Seems like you are confusing KB with Joss on a few of those examples. Much Ado and the most successful Phase 1 film(Avengers) were both Joss movies, Kenneth had nothing to do with either.

        B

      • Mixed Race rich kid NYC

        You’re an idiot

      • Brian James

        Obviously you are the idiot, all I did was respond to a factually incorrect statement.

      • Guest

        Kenneth Branagh directed the most sucessful version of Much Ado About Nothing in 1993, and by casting Chris Hemsworth and Tom Hiddleston, contributed greatly to The Avengers sucess

      • Brian James

        Irrelevant. He did not make the Avengers, and it would have done as well without either of those actors, so please.

      • MITIOR

        Fanboy alert!

      • Brian James

        What the hell are you talking about?

      • Brian James

        directing the most successful Phase One Marvel film…we have a brilliant career indeed.

        That’s the major sticking point there, and i’m an idiot for pointing it out. I see the normal conversation on this site is all done by complete morons.

      • Brian James

        directing the most successful Phase One Marvel film…we have a brilliant career indeed.

        That’s the major sticking point there, and i’m an idiot for pointing it out. I see the normal conversation on this site is all done by complete morons.

      • dungeons and draccus’s

        Wow. Idiocy level: stunning. Not only did Branagh make one of the most contagiously joyful and funny Shakespearean films of all time, making Kate Beckinsale a star in the process, his THOR was the most successful of the Phase 1 origin movies, which were the big build-up to The Avengers. He cast Chris Hemsworth, Tom Hiddleston, and Jeremy Renner, which, most people agree, are some of the best aspects of The Avengers.

        Your statement that The Avengers would have done just as well without those level takes the stupidity to a whole new level. Learn your history, oh one of the 47 people on earth that ACTUALLY saw Joss’s Much Ado, so that you don’t embarass yourself in future…

      • Brian James

        Ok, it’s time to break it down, since you have done a lot of assuming, and not correctly. The next time you call someone an idiot, be sure of your facts.

        First of all, Thor was NOT the most successful of the phase 1 films, not even close. Let’s examine the numbers shall we?

        Avengers $1,511,757,910
        Iron Man 2 $623,933,331
        Iron man 1 $585,174,222
        Thor $449,326,618

        It did better than The Hulk and Cap, but lets not overstate the case.

        Second of all, all you said at first was “Phase 1″ which means the Avengers, as well. Now you are changing your story to not include the Avengers, and you are STILL WRONG.

        Thirdly, I was not busting on Kenneth Branagh at all! My original post was this… “Seems like you are confusing KB with Joss on a few of those examples.”

        Now as far as Much Ado goes, I actually a)didn’t see either version, so stuff that shit b)didn’t even know Branagh had done one in 93. If I had known I would have left that part of my original post out. All I said and meant was Kenneth Branagh had nothing to do with the Avengers or the (2012) Much Ado, which is correct. Again, if I was aware of the 93 film, I would have left this part out.

        I did see Henry V though, and Hamlet, and both were great films. Thor is my favorite character of all time, and I actually liked Thor 1, even though I had my problems with the film. I thought Branagh did a decent job of translating the hardest Marvel property to film. In fact, Hamlet and Henry V were the reason he even got the Thor gig as I recall. He’s a good actor and a good filmmaker, so lets stop assuming that I was busting on him or comparing him to Joss or some other such bullshit that you fanboys invented in your head.

        As far as Joss goes, the Avengers is the ONLY THING I have ever liked from him. I hated Buffy, Angel, Firefly(though Serenity the film was watchable), and I’ve never seen Dollhouse, so this assuming I was some Whedon fan is ridiculous, I never stated as such nor did I infer. Get your facts straight before assuming shit about me. Some Whedon fans give him credit for “inventing” arc driven serialized television, when the truth is J Michael Straczynski was doing it several years earlier.

        So don’t embarass yourself in the future with your incorrect facts and assumptions, you have officially made yourself look like a complete douche bag.

      • dungeons and draccus’s

        Well you really didn’t come off that way. But yes, Branagh had a very hard time with Thor. Anyone would, as it is, plain and simple, very hard to adapt a movie that has gods, aliens, ice giants, and Valhalla for a modern American audience.

        As for Branagh being merely a GOOD actor? In typical film roles he’s pretty darn good. When it comes to Shakespeare, he ranks with Olivier, Burton, Gielgud, and McKellen. His Hamlet is the first to stay utterly true to the source material, and it is just electrifying. Henry V is utterly awesome, and don’t let anyone tell you otherwise, but it is miles better than Olivier’s version.

        And yes, Joss is COMPLETELY overrated – one of those guys that fanboys worship for no damn reason. OK, so he pulled off the Avengers, so what. Favreau could have done it too.

      • Brian James

        Oh, I’ll also say that the Avengers would have most likely done just as well without Joss, too lol. I was never giving Joss plugs. Again, misunderstandings based on message board posts.

        As far as Favreau goes, well Iron Man 1 is still the best film in the series, but both movies he’s made since then basically suck.

        Oh, I grabbed both versions of Much Ado earlier tonight, Kenneth’s and Joss’s, and I will watch them both in a row sometime tomorrow.

        Lastly, the new Thor looks like it’s going to completely blow the first one away, so I’m pretty stoked. Literally EVERY genre film this year has disappointed me, so I’m counting on Alan Taylor to deliver here.

        B

      • dungeons and draccus’s

        Avengers would do well with anyone since Kevin Feige is a a genius who has really got his shit together. He makes winning formulas, and Avengers is like chocolate and peanut butter: it always works. The new Thor looks to put the old one to shame, but this is nothing to do with Kenneth Branagh, but rather the plots, situations, and post-Avengers hype.

        About Much Ado, Ken’s is by far the better: joyful, exuberant, sexy, funny, brilliantly acted, and put together with a love for the craft. Joss’s is okay at best, and works better than it should, but it’s really middle-of-the-road, which is not to say bad. Get back to me on how you like it.

      • Brian James

        Oh, one more thing. Yes, the Avengers would have done JUST AS WELL as it did without Helmsworth and HIddleston. It was word of mouth, RDJ, and the event of having all of those characters in one film that made it a super success. Don’t be silly.

        Now, would the THOR movie have done nearly as well without those 2? I would say no way. HIddleston absolutely rocks. Both of them are great casting.

        Your assumptions and incorrect analysis take stupidity to a whole new level.

      • dungeons and draccus’s

        Now here’s where we don’t agree. Hiddleston was the villain. Who else could have played Loki so well. The Avengers is not more than the sum of it’s parts, but the sum of it’s parts is excellent. I think that if you took even one away it would fall.

        P.S. Hiddleston is actually Branagh’s protege (his words); Branagh having cast him in Thor, worked with in Wallander, taught him in The Hollow Crown and more.

      • Brian James

        Ok, we’re back to misunderstandings based on the fact that these are message board posts, and not an actual conversation.

        I don’t think ANYONE could have pulled Loki off as well as Hiddleston has. This is not the point. The point is, the Avengers would have done just as well without those guys. As well, meaning financially.

        It’s no small wonder that Loki is now the 2nd most popular Marvel Cinematic Character after Iron Man. That is pure Tom Hiddleston, as much as RDJ won everybody over as Iron Man.

        B

      • dungeons and draccus’s

        Agree.

      • melisssa

        I agree!!!!! This looks better than Thor but may or may not have the same box office.

  • matt

    Poor taste releasing the trailer today. Totally trying to capitalize off of Clancy’s death.

    • scottlebot

      Why don’t you get off your goddamn high horse! Who the hell are you to say what’s considered “poor taste”?

    • DavidisALLright

      You do realize that the movie’s coming out regardless of his untimely death?

    • smatt

      …or maybe it’s because the movie’s only like 2-and-a-half months away?

  • Nick

    This is looking real good, The only one knock i have on branagh as a director is he under utilizes great actresses such as keira knightley and natalie portman but gosh he is a GREAT actor!

    • matt

      Thor is not something anyone wants on their resume.

      • Steven Ray Morris

        aw Thor was good fun.

      • Devin Reed

        So what’s on yours?

      • Cyberdyne

        I would love to have Thor on my resume

  • Jamesy

    Looks like a run of the mill action thriller…seen it all before, nothing new. And Branagh just shoots too, I dunno normal or conventional, nothing pops out from this trailer. Only thing I got excited about is Branagh in the movie, I didn’t know he was acting also.

  • SomeGuy

    Branagh doesn’t shoot, he directs. This looks like a well made blockbuster. Jack Ryan is more intellectually driven, which I think is why Branagh is a suitable director for this project. Of course the trailer will be action heavy to draw in film-goers, but I can certainly say that I’m excited for this.

  • Mary

    Did Paramount just recycle the STID title cards?

  • NICK НΛRT

    looks pretty good in my opinion. david koepp is a good action screenwriter and kenneth branagh is a good director for the most part. i don’t mind them holding back on some of the action in the first trailer

  • dungeons and draccus’s

    Looks like a solid action pic with a dash of style and smarts. Great cast.

  • lobtaylor

    Chris Pine is an actor I want to see more not less of. He’s the next big box office star . And yes this looks frigging awesome!

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  • movieguy223

    I’ll see it, but this trailer was a bit underwhelming. I like Pine and Branaugh doing double duty is admirable, but nothing made it seem worthy of ‘franchise,’ other than the ‘Jack Ryan’ add-on in the title.

    • Jeremy D

      Based on the trailer, I think the movie looks pretty good. But I have to agree, it doesn’t seem, as you said, “worthy of franchise”. Of course, I haven’t seen the movie or anything, but based on the trailer I have to agree.

  • Stan

    Very excited for this. Kenneth on as director really made me want to see this. Also he will play an awesome baddy. Chris Pine needs a good boost. He has done some good films and had some duds so he really needs something to give him that little push. Very talented actor. Was fantastic in People Like Us and Star Trek Into Darkness. Can’t wait for this release.

  • LEM

    The poster looks like he’s interrogating the floor.

    • NMphotog

      “Who do you work for!?!?”

  • NMphotog

    David Koepp?

    Insert cliche for two hours. Credits roll.

  • Burning_Horizon

    Looks like they’re turning Jack Ryan into Jason Borne. I liked Jack Ryan because, aside from being extremely intelligent, he was an “everyman” not an action hero. Harrison Ford will always be Jack Ryan to me, but The Hunt for the Red October was the best Jack Ryan film.

    • MITIOR

      Pine can play the everyday man very well

      • Burning_Horizon

        I agree, but, judging by this trailer, that doesn’t look to be the case.

    • dungeons and draccus’s

      Bourne for me anytime.

      • Burning_Horizon

        I love Borne, as long as he’s in a Bourne movie. I don’t dig turning Jack Ryan into an action hero.

  • Raptor Jesus

    About the complaining about the ‘lack of a jaw dropping action centerpiece’:

    I AM SICK TO DEATH OF ‘JAW DROPPING ACTION CENTERPIECES’.

    STID WAS ONE ‘JAW DROPPING ACTION CENTER PIECE’ AFTER ANOTHER AND AS A MOVIE IT WAS PURE CRAP FROM BEGINNING TO END.

    • dungeons and draccus’s

      Hurrah for Raptor Jesus, for being one of the first people to realize that STID was a 2 hour crapfest from the most overrated (more even so then Joss) director of ALL TIME: JAYYYYY JAAAYYYY AAAABRRAAAAAAMS!

      • Brian James

        We agree that Into Darkness sucked royal ass, most definitely. It is however, JJ’s writers that sink these films. JJ is a wonderful visual filmmaker. Star Wars will most likely be far superior, since there is no Orci or Kurtzman involved. One can hope, at least. This team has turned Star Trek into pretty, but unwatchable drivel.

      • dungeons and draccus’s

        Hey, for once I agree with you, Brian.

  • Martino

    Just bring me the new bourne film with Matt Damon

  • Martino

    Just bring me the new bourne film with Matt Damon

  • Melissa

    THAT LOOKS AWESOME!!! I was hoping it would be good cuz i like KB and Pine doing a lead role since Star trek.

    I think it has a good old fashioned action movie feel…..no trendy slow mo….or that fucking inception “BRRRMMM ” noise…it just seemed like a good action thriller.

  • Melissa

    THAT LOOKS AWESOME!!! I was hoping it would be good cuz i like KB and Pine doing a lead role since Star trek.

    I think it has a good old fashioned action movie feel…..no trendy slow mo….or that fucking inception “BRRRMMM ” noise…it just seemed like a good action thriller.

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  • stylus59

    Jason Bourne, John McClane, James Bond, Jack Ryan. Who else?

  • stylus59

    Jason Bourne, John McClane, James Bond, Jack Ryan. Who else?

    • Sten

      Jack Ryan is a John, too. John Patrick Ryan. And Jason Bourne is a David Webb… but I get you’re idea.
      What about Jason, John, James and Jack enter a bar…

    • Sten

      Jack Ryan is a John, too. John Patrick Ryan. And Jason Bourne is a David Webb… but I get you’re idea.
      What about Jason, John, James and Jack enter a bar…

    • dungeons and draccus’s

      Jeff Bridges, Justin Bieber, Jack Black.

    • Jamesy

      Not that he’s up there with those characters, but John Cale (Channing Tatum) in White House Down. Such a boring action star name.

    • Jamesy

      Not that he’s up there with those characters, but John Cale (Channing Tatum) in White House Down. Such a boring action star name.

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