Tom Clancy novels are part of my fabric as an avid reader, as are the films based on his imagination like “Clear and Present Danger,”, “Jack Ryan,” “The Hunt For Red October,” or “Patriot Games” to name a few. In all of these incarnations, the leading male was always Harrison Ford, Sean Connery or Ben Affleck. Even Amazon Prime Video’s series “Jack Ryan stars John Krasinski. However, this time with Without Remorse, we get to behold the talents of a new emerging superstar – Michael B. Jordan take on this franchise as the Executive Producer and inhabit the character of John Clark.
Clark (Jordan) plays a grieving Navy SEAL who seeks justice and revenge for the murder of his pregnant wife (Lauren London)by an means necessary literally ‘without remorse’. In the process he uncovers a covert plot that threatens to engulf the United States and Russia in an all-out war.
Directed by Stefano Sollima, the film is hardly short on action keeping in line with previous franchise features. Thanks to cinematographer Philippe Rousselot, the most memorable action sequences involves a Mercedes Benz engulfed and ablaze with Kelly inside interrogating the inhabitant inside for intel and the plane crash underwater scenes. However, these intense and entertainingly long action sequences make up for over half of the film’s content. There is very little dialogue, which makes me ponder if some scenes were left on the cutting room floor for the sake of the aforementioned sequences. Don’t get me wrong, I love ALL the action. I could’ve just used a little more dialogue to propel the story along in a more rooted and grounded sensibility.
One would be hard pressed to say that Michael B. Jordan is vying for the Black Tom Cruise of action films award, because the brotha’ is doing his own stunts with vigor, focus and precision. I don’t know about you, but watching a Black man inhabit this space with this particular franchise as the focal point was hella invigorating and exciting. It’s about damn time.!!! Jodie Turner-Smith makes a nice return to the screen (since Queen & Slim) as his comrade and friend Karen Greer, Guy Pearce is doing his thang, but I felt like the amazing gifts and talents of Colman Domingo may have been left on the cutting room floor – which is a crying shame. Again, I just wish there had been more dialogue to flesh out their characters a little better. Don’t fret though, I’m almost positive a sequel on its way to audiences – sooner than later. Hopefully, Domingo will get more screen time and we can see an equal balance of action and dialogue. Having said that, if you are an adrenaline junkie, Tom Clancy or Michael B. Jordan fan…you will enjoy Without Remorse currently streaming via Amazon Prime Video.