On my series list, I’m ticking off more and more tried-and-tested titles at a pretty good pace — yet there are productions that sometimes take a good few months, maybe years, to start watching. One of them was the Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryanwhich is Amazon’s own production, at the moment of writing this article, two seasons of it are available with Hungarian subtitles on Prime Videó, and two more are on the way to a spin-off.
THE Jack Ryant is referred to in many places as the best action series of today, so I sat down in the spirit that if the Strike Back hit level, you haven’t even gone so badly. In comparison, the series by Carlton Cuse and Graham Roland became a huge positive disappointment. It could be roughly described as Homeland and the 24 love child, which in itself is a pretty good letter of recommendation, right?
The protagonist of the story, Jack Ryan, the guy played by John Krasinski, seems like a boring file-maker at first glance, a completely mundane jerk. Ryan’s life takes a big turn when he gets a new boss, in the person of James Greer (Wendell Pierce), and after some private action, it turns out that the CIA’s financial analyst may have found a big fish: an extremist Islamist named Ali Suliman, who has the potential. to be the next Osama bin Laden and deal some similar blow to America as 911.
From here, a rather exciting, twisting, and rivalry-ridden race begins: the goal is to stop the increasingly dangerous terrorists. This sounds pretty typical in a series of actions so far …
What is special about you Jack Ryanin which we fell on our stomachs before the series?
Well, most of all, it’s the character of John Krasinski, who turns out to be a much-seen Marine – and there’s little doubt when it comes to some harshness. If all that weren’t enough, Jack Ryan is quite intelligent, so he tries to solve most situations not with muscle but with common sense. His style is restrained — inspired by the portrayal of Harrison Ford, one of Ryan’s predecessors who previously hid in his skin — he’s really an average person who is sometimes severely injured during his adventures, not only physically, not just physically. In addition to heroism, the ground squirrel would understandably long for a normal life, so his former boss’s daughter, Cathy (Abbie Cornish), tries cheekily.
Ryan, of course, would be worth nothing if his surroundings weren’t exciting and kept pace with him. Luckily, the dynamics are pretty good between the unbearable and puffy Greer and Ryan, as well as Cathy and Ryan. Right from the first minute, so we immediately believe that in the former case, the hatred guts, while in the latter, the air between the characters glows.
The only icing on the cake is that the main villains also get meaningful elaboration in the series, and they’re not just dealt with “well, Islamist terrorists, and you’re done”.
The scenario is so twisted that sometimes even within an episode, we snapped with satisfaction several times that yes, so we should do this for all similar productions and then one wouldn’t fall asleep within 60 minutes on most action movies. THE Jack Ryanre, at least for the first season, it would be worth considering as a point of reference, because despite the fact that there are sometimes too many office blabla in it, the cross-cutting conflict is captivating.
In some places, Krasinski is as naughty as Chuckin Zachary Levi was other wise than Carrie a Homelandthen in a third scene he acts as Jack Bauer … we’ve seen the actor fool around for a long time The Office in his American version, here he then admits his father-in-law to undress Jim’s character. He did it too, and we found a new favorite not only in his person, but in this series as well. (8/10)
Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan is available in Hungarian with Amazon subtitles.