After hastily informing us that Ryan quit school and joined the U.S. Marine Corps because of 9/11 only to break his back and spend months learning how to walk again, Miss 2014 Kevin Costner shows up as a CIA agent who offers to pay for the completion of his PHD and provide a future job on Wall Street. While in rehab he falls for his doctor Cathy Muller (Keira Knightley, who makes use of her botched American accent and one facial expression) who later assumes he's cheating and gets herself involved in his trouble because women, amiright? Somewhere along the line Kenneth Branagh pops up with a Russian accent and oh god I'm so bored who cares?
Although it's the first Jack Ryan movie not to be adapted from a Tom Clancy novel this is obviously an attempt to kickstart the franchise but at this point I'd rather see crazy Alec Baldwin speeding around New York on a bike then sit through anything of this ilk again.
Oh, and don't expect to find out what "shadow recruit" means. They leave us in the dark over that, among other things.