I’m still not entirely pleased with the fact that Jack Ryan has been changed from a CIA analyst that gets thrust into crazy situations, into secret agent that seeks them out, but whatever. We’ve got to keep the story fresh and changed up for a modern audience — or something. I guess my problem is Jack Ryan is not Jason Bourne, but someone forgot to tell the script writers and/or directory Kenneth Branagh.
Still, I hope it’s worth something. One of my problems with the previous Jack Ryan films as a franchise is they were not cohesive. Only two of the four films featured the same actor as Jack Ryan. So I am hopeful that perhaps this is the beginning of a cohesive franchise.
With the film arriving later this week, Paramount is marketing the film as hard as they can as you would expect, which means we have a new film clip, expanded from portions we’ve seen in the various trailers, and two brief character profiles — just in time to whet our appetites before the January 17 release date later this week.