Reboot that tries to hard being intelligent, but we are fed up with another introduction to this character now. Just tell the spy plot instead. Sadly Branagh seem to be a better director than actor these days as his villainous role is nothing short of terrible and the annoying "we have to give Keira Knightley a bigger role by kidnapping her" subplot is predictable. Ends up as acceptable, wasted opportunity.
Nothing spectacular here but it is a solid action film nonetheless. Chris Pine continues to prove that he can carry an action vehicle and Kevin Costner is continuing to age gracefully as the mentor in action films. Branagh makes a decent villian too in this character origin story that was originally The Hunt for Red October, a far superior film.
The action was fast-paced and thrilling enough, with lots of gunfights, car chases, and explosions - which is exactly why you turned it on. Pine is enjoyable enough, Branagh seems to be having fun, Knightley is always charming, but otherwise the script is weak and the production is adequate but nothing terribly exciting. Nothing you haven't seen before.
Ridiculous how jingoistic this movie is--a film that comes out in 2014, after the stockmarket crash is about how to save Wall Street from being blown up, when in reality, they are some of the biggest criminals out there. (Also a stupid coda of "and then he got to meet the president, well I'll be!")
Pine plays Ryan like 'a boy scout on a field trip' and his enthusiasm is almost contagious despite a weak script that's central plot device is so weak. Nothing special here save a quite exciting car chase around Moscow and watching Kenneth Branagh have a fun time playing Russian. Adequate action thriller but certainly nothing more.