Does Chris Pine have the, er, gravitas to be Jack Ryan? As we mentioned yesterday in our eulogy for Tom Clancy, the trailer for Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit arrived today, and it has Pine/Ryan, a CIA analyst, recruited by Kevin Costner to thwart a Russian plot to use a terrorist attack to crater the American economy. No, you didn’t read that book — this one’s “based on characters created by Tom Clancy” but not based on a particular novel. Kenneth Branagh directed and plays the smirking Russian baddie, and Keira Knightley is there because why not.
Okay, watch this trailer and think about whether it makes you want to see this, whether you think they’ve done right by Clancy and the character, and whether maybe this one won’t be as laden with military and CIA detail as Clancy’s novels tended to be. And then you can talk about it in the comments….