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New on DVD: ‘Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit’ starring Chris Pine

Posted 12:00am on Tuesday, Jun. 10, 2014

DVD Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit: In the Jack Ryan reboot, Chris Pine takes over as the spy who was played by Alec Baldwin, Harrison Ford and Ben Affleck. Ryan is a navigator of murky, reasonably realistic international espionage worlds. He has neither James Bond’s preternatural suavity nor Jason Bourne’s visceral butt-kicking skills, but instead anxiously finds his way with patriotic cunning. Shadow Recruit, which was scripted without a Clancy book by Adam Cozad and David Koepp, tells a new backstory for Ryan.

    Inspired by Sept. 11, he joins the Marines and is heroically injured in Afghanistan. During his recovery, he meets his eventual fiancee (Keira Knightley) and is lured to the CIA by a mysterious recruiter (Kevin Costner). He’s covertly embedded at a Wall Street bank, where he uncovers a Russian plot to buy up U.S. Treasury bonds, which he suspects will be sold off in a coordinated act of terrorism and currency devaluation. Pine fails to make his Jack Ryan more than an afterthought to Baldwin’s know-it-all or Ford’s reluctant hero. As Costner’s character says, he too much resembles “a Boy Scout on a field trip.” On DVD and DVD/Blu-ray combo.

— Jack Coyle, The Associated Press

Also new: Non-Stop; Omar; Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey; Capital; Devil’s Knot; The Redemption of Henry Myers; Visitors; Ray Donovan: Season 1; Alan Partridge

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