Friday, April 30, 2021

Without Remorse Review: Tom Clancy's Michael B. Jordan

Michael B. Jordan	...	John Kelly Jodie Turner-Smith	Jodie Turner-Smith	...	Karen Greer Jamie Bell	Jamie Bell	...	Robert Ritter Guy Pearce	Guy Pearce	...	Secretary Clay Lauren London	Lauren London	...	Pam Kelly Jacob Scipio	Jacob Scipio	...	Hatchet Todd Lasance	Todd Lasance	...	Dallas Jack Kesy	Jack Kesy	...	Thunder Lucy Russell	Lucy Russell	...	CIA Director Dillard Cam Gigandet	Cam Gigandet	...	Keith Webb Luke Mitchell	Luke Mitchell	...	Rowdy King Artjom Gilz	Artjom Gilz	...	Artem Brett Gelman	Brett Gelman	...	Viktor Rykov Merab Ninidze	Merab Ninidze	...	Andre Vaseliev Alexander Mercury	Alexander Mercury	...	Oleksiy

Release date: April 30, 2021
Running time: 110 minutes
Directed by: Stefano Sollima
Written by: Taylor Sheridan and Will Staples
Starring: Michael B. Jordan, Jamie Bell, Jodie Turner-Smith, Lauren London, Brett Gelman, Jacob Scipio, Jack Kesy, Colman Domingo, Todd Lassance, Cam Gigandet, Luke Mitchell and Guy Pearce

An elite Navy SEAL uncovers an international conspiracy while seeking justice for the murder of his pregnant wife in Tom Clancy’s Without Remorse, the explosive origin story of action hero John Clark – one of the most popular characters in author Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan universe. When a squad of Russian soldiers kills his family in retaliation for his role in a top-secret op, Sr. Chief John Kelly (Michael B. Jordan) pursues the assassins at all costs. Joining forces with a fellow SEAL (Jodie Turner-Smith) and a shadowy CIA agent (Jamie Bell), Kelly’s mission unwittingly exposes a covert plot that threatens to engulf the U.S. and Russia in an all-out war. Torn between personal honor and loyalty to his country, Kelly must fight his enemies without remorse if he hopes to avert disaster and reveal the powerful figures behind the conspiracy.

Colman Domingo	...	Pastor West Rae Lim	Rae Lim	...	First Sergeant Tran Sumi Somaskanda	Sumi Somaskanda	...	Kelly's House Reporter Zoe Günther	Zoe Günther	...	Pentagon Staff / Whisperer Jill Holwerda	Jill Holwerda	...	Doctor Angus McGruther	Angus McGruther	...	Petty Officer Gutierez Conor Boru	Conor Boru	...	Randy Alec Rosenthal	Alec Rosenthal	...	Airport Authority Police Officer Derek Meisenburg	Derek Meisenburg	...	Airport Authority Police Officer Michael Akinsulire	Michael Akinsulire	...	U.S. Marshal Kevin Townsend James Ballanger	James Ballanger	...	Gleb Istomin Oxana Evdokimova	Oxana Evdokimova	...	Russian News Anchor Bella Shaw	Bella Shaw	...	News Anchor Jay Jackson	Jay Jackson	...	Political Analyst Mel Fair	Mel Fair	...	Hawkish Analyst Sam Coulson	Sam Coulson	...	CIA Suit George Asprey	George Asprey	...	Denis L. Stewart (A320 Pilot) Yolette Thomas	Yolette Thomas	...	Donna (as Yollette Thomas-Wunder)
Without Remorse would be your typical military government intrigue film if it didn't also have Michael B. Jordan.  He is basically amazing in everything he does and Without Remorse is no exception.  As John Clark, he gets to be a badass Navy SEAL and show off some of his more tactical side.  The film is a Michael B. Jordan highlight reel as he takes on many elite operatives, defends those around him, and then goes to some darker places to get the mission done.  And all throughout you have his trademark charm and charisma, even if his character delves into some darker places. The rest of the cast are likewise good and everyone plays their roles believable if a little campy, but Jordan is clearly the standout.  It was also nice to see Jodie Turner-Smith as a female operative in a leadership role.  Having strong female characters was much appreciated, especially in a military-focused film.

Without Remorse is also a good action movie.  The film has strong, chaotic action, excellent effects, and immersive sound.  It is a solid action contender and gives Amazon a tentpole film to build on. The movie also feels more based in the military than some other Tom Clancy movies, with a good sense of tactics and good communication between the squad.  Some movies bearing the Tom Clancy brand do lean more on the political intrigue and espionage angle, but without remorse also has strong action.  But that doesn't mean that there isn't any double crossing in Without Remorse.  The story is vintage Clancy, with plenty of intrigue, double crossing, and people playing both sides.  There are enough twists and turns to keep you guessing, and although it generally doesn't have too many huge surprises, it keeps the story moving and keeps you entertained.  

Without Remorse is a good action movie made great by Michael B. Jordan, some exciting effects and sound, and a story with plenty of intrigue.

Watch it.

Kazy Tauginas	...	Vaseliev's Bodyguard Grisha Reydler	Grisha Reydler	...	Vaseliev's Bodyguard Rest of cast listed alphabetically: Gina Jun	Gina Jun	...	Pedestrian Frank Bliss	Frank Bliss	...	Entourage (uncredited) Reza Brojerdi	Reza Brojerdi	...	Aleppo Doctor (uncredited) David Burnell IV	David Burnell IV	...	US Marshal (uncredited) Corey Calliet	Corey Calliet	...	Seal #2 (uncredited) Tom Colley	Tom Colley	...	Pentagon Cop (uncredited) Marisol Correa	Marisol Correa	...	Stranded Motorist (uncredited) Paul D'Elia	Paul D'Elia	...	Train Station Passenger (uncredited) Emily Eaglin	Emily Eaglin	...	Camerawoman (uncredited) Rich Graff	Rich Graff	...	Detective Hue (uncredited) Sydney Lafaire	Sydney Lafaire	...	Rowdy's Wife (uncredited) Brooke Lawsing	Brooke Lawsing	...	Reporter (uncredited) Robert Maaser	Robert Maaser	...	Russian SWAT (uncredited) Stephanie McIntyre	Stephanie McIntyre	...	Passenger (uncredited) Jesse Milliner	Jesse Milliner	...	Tourist (uncredited) Anita Moore	Anita Moore	...	Train Station Passenger (uncredited)

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Without Remorse is available on Amazon Prime Video on April 30, 2020.

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