Movie review

RELUCTANT HERO: Spy Jack Ryan (Pine) has to stop a potential terror threat and save his girlfriend (Knightley) from harm. Director Branagh's tepid reboot is too technical in parts. PHOTO: UIP


    Jan 16, 2014

    Movie review


    Action-thriller/105 minutes/Opens today

    Rating: 3/5

    CHRIS Pine makes a fine (looking) action hero.

    He plays Jack Ryan, a bright, all-American boy whose yearning to serve his country leads him to the army, then to the CIA.

    During his day job as a financial analyst, Ryan discovers a potential terror threat which brings him face to face with villain Viktor Cherevin (Kenneth Branagh) in Moscow.

    Ryan's girlfriend, Cathy (Keira Knightley), is inevitably put at risk.

    The movie is the fifth in the series based on the popular character from Tom Clancy's novels. Ryan has been played by Alec Baldwin, Harrison Ford and Ben Affleck.

    With Thor director Kenneth Branagh at the helm and a good dose of Kevin Costner as Ryan's CIA mentor, it technically should do no wrong.

    Sadly, it's a tepid reboot.

    The story is too technical in parts, and never really gets the blood pumping.

    Spy-loving moviegoers spoiled by the Bourne trilogy and increasingly sophisticated Bond flicks will be disappointed.