It’s 31 years since Tom Clancy’s Ryanverse novels spawned the start of six blockbuster action flicks, beginning with John McTiernan’s The Hunt for Red October adaptation, and most recently with Amazon Prime’s spinoff television series. The political drama franchise began with CIA analyst-turned-man-of-action Jack Ryan, who’s been brought to life by the likes of Alec Baldwin, Harrison Ford, Ben Affleck and Chris Pine. The books have since evolved to incorporate key characters such as John Clark and Domingo Chavez, with the former finally getting his own origins tale in the first of Amazon Studios and Michael B. Jordan’s projects under the Outlier Society production banner. Based on the 1993 novel of the same name, Without Remorse finally hits Amazon Prime Video this week following a number of delays.
Directed by Stefano Sollima (Sicario 2: Soldado & ZeroZeroZero) Tom Clancy’s Without Remorse centres on the journey of elite Navy SEAL John Clark (Michael B. Jordan). Following the death of his wife at the hands of a squad of ruthless Russian assassins, Clark is hellbent on exacting revenge. Operating outside of official protocols, he joins forces with fellow SEAL (Jodie Turner-Smith) and shadowy CIA agent (Jamie Bell) on a mission to uncover the truth behind the assassinations. However, their covert operation exposes a shocking conspiracy which could inact an all-out war between the USA and Russia.
Acting as an origin tale to the fan favourite Clancy character, Tom Clancy’s Without Remorse features hallmark story beats from the globe trotting, action thriller which will undoubtedly resonate with fans of the genre. Complete with familiar revenge narrative elements such as tested loyalties, an international conspiracy and plenty of twists and turns, the big budget flick does feel very similar to previous films such as the Bourne series and Enemy of the State. While it can stray into predictable territory at times, particularly pitting America against Russia, the breakneck pacing and action-packed sequences will keep you gripped throughout, along with Michael B. Jordan’s committed performance. It’s clear that Amazon Studios and Jordan are keen to kickstart a new twist on the Ryanverse, with sequel Rainbow Six in the pipeline, and for the most part it’s a fresh take on the source material. However, fans of the book may be disappointed that writer