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JACK RYAN: Shadow Recruit
Does the name Jack Ryan sound familiar? He’s the super-CIA-guy hero of a bunch of best-selling techno-thrillers by the late Tom Clancy.
As it happens, “Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit” isn’t adapted from any of the Clancy novels. In fact, it didn’t originate as a Jack Ryan story. Adam Cozad’s original script (he now shares writing credit with David Koepp) was called “Dubai.” Now it’s mostly set in Moscow, with stops along the way in London, Afghanistan, Washington, D.C., New York, and (sure, why not) Dearborn, Mich. Maybe all those alterations are why the movie feels so generic, in its high-gloss, big-budget way. “Jack Ryan” is slick, loud, assured, overplotted (way overplotted), fairly diverting, and pretty much empty.