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Jack Ryan Ama­zon Prime

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HE’S got a few body swaps to get through be­fore he catches James Bond, but, by my count, Jack Ryan, the CIA agent cre­ated by Tom Clancy in 1984, is now on his fifth re­gen­er­a­tion, hav­ing been pre­vi­ously played by Alec Bald­win, Har­ri­son Ford, Ben Af­fleck and Chris Pine. Step­ping into the role this time is John Krasin­ski (fa­mil­iar from the US ver­sion of The Of­fice and, more re­cently, the sci-fi hor­ror hit A Quiet Place), who brings a pleas­ingly low-key, un­cer­tain touch to the hero. A deskbound, data-crunch­ing an­a­lyst to be­gin, he gets pulled into ac­tion when his re­search sug­gests a ter­ror­ist plot be­ing as­sem­bled in Ye­men, and pin­points its ris­ing ring­leader, Suleiman (Ali Suli­man). As Jack and his boss James Greer (The Wire’s Wen­dell Pierce) fol­low the clues, the show be­comes a glo­be­trot­ting, postHome­land ac­tion piece. It’s very generic, but it does a de­cent job of up­dat­ing Clancy’s Cold War char­ac­ter, and works bet­ter than it should thanks to the cast.

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