jack ryan

starring: John krasinski, abbie cornish, wendell pierce, and Dina Shihabi

REVIEWER: lyall carter

★★★

CIA analyst Jack Ryan is thrust into a dangerous field assignment as he uncovers a pattern in terrorist plot.

Gotta love Jack Ryan. He's had as many cinematic excursions as he has had different actors portraying him. Alec Baldwin, Harrison Ford, Ben Afleck, and Chris Pine have all portrayed him on the silver screen, and now its John Krasinski of The Office US fame to bring a Jack Ryan tale to the small screen. 

An up-and-coming CIA analyst, Jack Ryan, is thrust into a dangerous field assignment as he uncovers a pattern in terrorist communication that launches him into the center of a dangerous gambit.

The story is familiar Jack Ryan fare: an increasing terrorist threat that Ryan somehow stumbles upon and gets thrust right into the very middle of it to try and stop it. We've kinda seen it before. Although the story is good, although the quality of the production, the action and suspense, and the cast are all really good, story wise they don't really do anything fresh or unique with their source material. 

Which does make it feel a little dated. As we keep hearing and keep experiencing, with the advent of streaming television, we are living in a golden age of TV. With that we have a lot of really high quality options to engage with and even though Jack Ryan is good and 10 years ago it would be a must watch show there are other TV shows that you would chose before Jack Ryan

That being said the cast is great and as we saw in A Quiet Place, John Krasinski can lead a cast really well. Abbie Cornish is solid as Ryan's love interest Cathy, Wendell Pierce is crotchety and unpredictable as Ryan's boss Greer, and Dina Shihabi is remarkable as Hanin.

Solid if not spectacular, Tom Clancy's Jack Ryan serves up very familiar fare. 

★★★

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Tom Clancy's Jack Ryan is available on DVD and digital from all good disc and digital retailers. 

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