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Film Reviews: Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit (2014) & The Trigger Effect (1996)
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Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit (2014). Based on the Tom Clancy books and directed by Kenneth Branagh. The film starts just prior to 9/11, with Jack Ryan (Chris Pine) studying at the London School of Economics. Following the events of 9/11, Ryan joins the US army and is then badly hurt when the helicopter he's travelling in is shot down. During his rehabilitation he is recruited by the CIA. The film moves to present day, with Ryan working on Wall Street as a compliance officer for a stockbrokers, albeit as a cover job looking for financial transactions between terrorist groups. Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit follows the tradition of US spy drama, with the baddies (Russians in this case) being outwitted by the US. I found both the story and production adequate. For fans of the genre, but don't expect too much. 3/5 (Average)

The Trigger Effect (1996). Based on the TV series Connections, and adapted and directed by David Koepp. Due to a prolonged power cut society starts to dissolve. Matthew (Kyle MacLachlan) is desperate for antibiotics for his feverish daughter, and despite his straight laced ways ends up stealing them from a pharmacist who refuses to prescribe. During the following night someone breaks into his house, and with his friend Joe they have to decide what to do with the thief. The Trigger Effect does a good job of slowly ratcheting up the tension. There are good performances from MacLachlan and Elizabeth Shue, who plays his wife. For those who enjoy reasonably well crafted tense thrillers. 4/5 (Good)
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