THE GOAL FOR 2018: 200 MOVIES WATCHED BY MIDNIGHT NEW YEAR'S EVE!  (AFTER TOPPING OUT AT 194 in 2017)

CAN HE DO IT?

And film number #8 of 2015 is 2014's Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit, where Chris Pine gets his shot at Jack Ryan, complete with new origin. It's decent with Jack becoming an undercover CIA financial analyst and then uncovering a plot by the Russians to destroy the U.S. economy. Pine is not bad, and Kevin Costner as the shadowy mentor is also good, but Kenneth Branagh (who also directed) is excellent as the Russian nogoodnik. There are some dumb things that happen towards the end only to keep the occasionally befuddling plot bouncing along, but this isn't a bad diversion. Currently on Netflix.

TLA one word review: entertaining

THE WEBER MOVIE COUNTDOWN

​​THE WEBER MOVIE COUNTDOWN

JACK RYAN: SHADOW RECRUIT (2014)