Rating: PG-13, for sequences of violence and intense action, and brief strong language.
Chris Pine stars as the title character, the hero of so many best-selling Tom Clancy novels, whom Alec Baldwin, Harrison Ford and Ben Affleck have played in the past. This is a prequel/reboot of sorts, featuring Ryan as he’s just beginning his career as a CIA operative. It’s post-9/11, and he must travel to Moscow undercover as a financial analyst to find out why a major firm is holding some secret accounts. (Director Kenneth Branagh plays the company’s president, who has some dastardly plans for the money.) Things get dangerous soon after Ryan arrives, including killing a man who comes after him in his hotel room. Gunfire, car chases, explosions and a deadly shooting follow. Based on the violence and the complexity of the subject matter, this is probably suitable for tweens and up only.