Friday, April 30, 2021

Tom Clancy's Without Remorse

© by Gerald So | 6:30 AM

Tom Clancy's Navy SEAL CIA operative John Clark is one of my favorite novel characters, and I think Without Remorse is Clancy's best human interest novel, driven by Clark's strength of character instead of military hardware, protocol, and geopolitics.

Movies of Without Remorse had been in development hell since the late 1990s, stars like Keanu Reeves and Tom Hardy dropping in and out. Michael B. Jordan seemed to have a good shot. Then the pandemic wreaked havoc on movie theaters and Paramount sold the Jordan project to Amazon.

With more than twenty years passed, the novel's plot had to be updated to nigh unrecognizability. Worse, though, the movie is basic, predictable, forgettable, overshadowing the actors' performances.