Here’s why the Alec Baldwin version of Tom Clancy’s analyst in-over-his-head character Jack Ryan was the best.
Jack Ryan was actually IN OVER HIS HEAD. Harrison Ford played him that way, Ben Affleck, not so much. The guy should seem over-matched, forced to outwit the better trained agents and killers he is up against. Smarter, not tougher.
This latest incarnation of the American spy is Chris Pine, and this Dec. 25 release has the looks of an uncredited “Bourne” installment. Jack kicks butt and takes names. He’s not seen outsmarting, just busting his way out of assassination attempts.
Good casting? Kevin Costner and Keira Knightley.