Movie | Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit shows early promise but descends into spy thriller formula
by Sophia Lee
Posted 1/24/14, 01:00 am
Think of Jack Ryan as America’s more human, more interesting James Bond. The British icon’s greatest flaw is having no flaw at all—he is too smooth, too composed, too perfect to the point of blandness. When Daniel Craig finally portrayed James Bond as an agent weathered in skin and spirit in Skyfall, critics hailed it as “the greatest James Bond movie ever.” Perhaps fans are ready for an espionage thriller with more believability, and Jack Ryan provides that—to a certain dose.