The Washington Post
Capsule reviews of the next week's video releases, on DVD and Blu-ray, including special features:
"Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit" (PG-13, 105 minutes, Paramount): Directed by Kenneth Branagh in a jumbled blur of dizzying close-ups, revolving camera moves, hand-held action sequences and deceptive layers of shiny surfaces, "Jack Ryan" threatens to become less a resuscitation of the beloved Tom Clancy brand than yet another jumbled, jarring action flick that isn't nearly as smart as its brainy protagonist. But with Chris Pine competently stepping into shoes once occupied by Harrison Ford, Ben Affleck and, briefly, Alec Baldwin, Jack Ryan seems to have a reasonable chance at surviving into the 21st century.
Viewers don't necessarily have to follow the arcane dialogue about algorithms and cellphone triangulations -- or decipher the countless shots of computer screens -- to understand the supremely simple plot. Suffice it to say that, true to Ryan's roots in Clancy's Cold War-era imagination, he's once again fighting the Russians -- here personified in a ruthless villain nicely underplayed by director Branagh.
Contains sequences of violence and intense action and brief strong language. Extras include commentary by Branagh and producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura, deleted and extended scenes; four featurettes, includng two focusing on the Jack Ryan character and "Sir Kenneth Branagh: The Tsar of Shadow Recruit.
"Non-Stop" (PG-13, 107 minutes, Universal): With obvious correlations to such classics of detective fiction as "And Then There Were None" and "Murder on the Orient Express," the film tells the story of an air marshal (Liam Neeson) who must identify and thwart a passenger who is threatening, by text message, to kill one person on the plane every 20 minutes unless he (or she) receives $150 million.
As with Agatha Christie's most famous works, most of the main characters, including Neeson's Bill Marks, a troubled alcoholic, initially draw our suspicion. The characters are either too cooperative, not cooperative enough, weirdly furtive, excessively flirty, hiding a dark secret or, in the case of one Middle Eastern-looking character (Omar Metwally), simply presumed to be guilty by ethnicity.
Contains violence, brief crude language, sensuality and drug references. Extras: "Suspense at 40,000 Feet" behind-the-scenes featurette. Also, on Blu-ray: a behind-the-scenes featurette on shooting in a tube-shaped 20-by-30-foot set.
Also: "Devil's Knot" (director Atom Egoyan's dramatization of wrongful conviction of three teenagers in the murder of three young boys in West Memphis, Arkansas, starring Colin Firth as their lawyer), "MidRange," "Alan Partridge" (Steve Coogan brings his British TV character to the big screen), "Adult World" (with Emma Roberts), "Bible Quiz," (documentary), "A Short History of Decay," "Unacceptable Levels" (documentary), "All That Heaven Allows" (1955, starring Rock Hudson and Jane Wyman, The Criterion Collection), "Auf Wiedersehen -- 'Til We Meet Again" (documentary), "The Secret Lives of Dorks," "Amen" (2002, France-Germany-Romania, Cohen Media Group), "Capital" (2012, France, Cohen Media Group), "L'eclisse," (1962, from filmmaker Michelangelo Antonioni, The Criterion Collection), "Love Will Keep Us Together" (made-for-TV movie), "Brazil With Michael Palin" (BBC travelogue), "Haunt," "Kill Zombie!," "Klondike" (six-part Discovery Channel miniseries) and "Deltora Quest: The Complete Series" (anime).