If you haven’t been watching the new Amazon series Jack Ryan, what have you been doing with your evenings? This new show is by far one of the most anticipated series of 2018, but since its release on 31st August, its left the critics torn, and many people wondering if it’s even worth a watch if recent reviews are anything to go by. Jack Ryan, one of the public’s favourite fictional analyst, has been a character played by many iconic Hollywood figures, such as Harrison Ford, Ben Affleck and Alec Baldwin, and now, The Office (U.S) actor turned big movie star John Krasinski is bringing his own style to Tom Clancy’s action analyst.
The eight-episode series is now available on Amazon Video to stream, and with a second season already in the pipeline, it promised to bring audiences a storyline that they could really sink their teeth into. Yet, many have questioned whether the Jack Ryan character has already run its course, with five film attempts already failing to see Jack Ryan enjoy success like his action hero counterparts, Bond or Ethan Hunt of the Mission Impossible franchise. Could a TV show really revive Ryan to a hero status?
For those of you who are unaware of what the show is about or have been busy to see the countless trailers and news stories, Jack Ryan is an analyst in the CIA where he monitors the monetary transactions going on in Yemen. Of course, being one of the smartest guys in any room, made evident by many, arguably pointless, scenes throughout the series, our analytical hero figures out that a terrorist, on par with Bin Laden, is preparing for attacks through collating as much money as possible through transfers from Europe into his Yemen bank account. A series of suspenseful scenes and action-packed events follow this revelation but don’t just take our word for it, here’s a quick summary, and a sneak peek of the action, outlined in the review below:
So, how do you prepare to act like you’re a stellar CIA agent, you may be wondering? By getting to know everything about them and taking a visit to headquarters, of course! Krasinski’s preparation for this role was a combination of research of the organisation and intense, ‘CIA-style’ physical training regimes.
In recent interviews, John Krasinski has reminisced about his visit to the CIA. “The research that I did was mostly getting to know an ex-CIA officer that we had consulting with us, and then going to the actual CIA and meeting these men and women was amazing.” He went on to tell reporters that the agents are just like normal people, and not the portrayals we often see in the media.
But, let’s just get down to the nitty-gritty here, what we’re most concerned about is whether the action holds up to our expectations for a big-budget Amazon original.
Action on TV will never have the same feel as it does on the big screen, mainly because huge action scenes require huge budgets that TV shows just can’t afford. But this didn’t stop the producers of Jack Ryan, who threw as much money as they could at this, to produce some jaw-dropping action in this spy drama.
While it might not all be impossible stunts and non-stop action, the producers have decided to portray a mix of the intelligence work behind the CIA’s pursuit of terrorists, as well as a few explosive and tense scenes, including the desert-set, shoot-out at the beginning of the series which is worth a watch, especially for its both equally sneaky and gruesome way of transporting a Scorpion EVO3 onto site. We won’t say any more than that for fear of ruining it for anyone yet to watch the series!
We see some airsoft gun action in many of the scenes, with the famous CIA-favourite Glock pistol making an appearance or two! Yet, we can’t help but wonder if Ryan can be classed as a hero, or a very realistic character at all, he looks rather awkward holding a gun (even though he used to be a Marine), and there are several failed attempts at saving the day– but is this all part of his “average joe” charm? Well, you guys will have to make your own minds up on that one!
Watch the series on Amazon today, and let us know what you think.
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