Michael B. Jordan’s charisma only goes so far in selling the terrible tough-guy action movie dialogue in Tom Clancy’s Without Remorse.

Michael B. Jordan deserves to be an action star, but not in a nineties-style thriller like Tom Clancy with no regrets. Jordan stars in the origin story of the popular Clancy character, John Clark, who has never received the same attention on screen as Clancy’s best-known creation, Jack Ryan. Ryan has been portrayed by four actors (Alec Baldwin, Harrison Ford, Ben Affleck, Chris Pine) in five films, plus John Krasinski in the current film. Jack Ryan TV series on Amazon Prime. But the best Clark has done so far is appearing as a supporting character in Ryan’s movies (played by Willem Dafoe in 1994). Clear and present danger and Liev Schreiber in 2002 The sum of all fears).

Then No regrets provides a center of attention for both Clark and Jordan, but there is nothing in this movie that suggests anything distinctive or interesting about the character. Although it was originally scheduled for a major Paramount theatrical release, No regrets feels a lot more at home on Amazon Prime, and it’s easy to imagine Jordan’s Clark popping up in the next season of Jack Ryan, without any adjustment to your presence on the screen.

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Screenwriters Taylor Sheridan and Will Staples take the title and little else from Clancy’s 1993 novel No regrets, updating Clark’s origin from the Vietnam War to the present day. However, those updates are mostly cosmetic and it’s not hard to imagine. No regrets coinciding with films that were released around the same time as Clancy’s novel, including some installments by Jack Ryan. Jordan is a producer in No regretsBut his version of John Clark doesn’t have much of a personality beyond an action hero’s typical dedication to justice and loyalty. It’s especially disappointing to follow Jordan’s magnetic action performances on Black Panther and the Creed films.

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Jamie Bell and Michael B. Jordan in Tom Clancy's Without Remorse

As in the Clancy novel, John Clark begins as John Kelly, and does not take on the more familiar name until the end of the film. John is an elite Navy SEAL on a mission in Aleppo, Syria, as No regrets he begins, carrying out the orders of CIA agent Weasel Robert Ritter (Jamie Bell). Instead of meeting Syrian troops as expected, John’s team fights Russian soldiers to rescue a CIA operative. Three months later, back in the US, John’s team members are eliminated one by one, and he narrowly escapes his own assassination attempt, which ends the life of his wife Pam (Lauren London). and her unborn child.

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Of course, he seeks revenge, and unlike seemingly nerdy analyst Jack Ryan, John has no qualms about committing a lot of violent acts. John’s former senior officer, Lieutenant Commander Karen Greer (Jodie Turner-Smith), has her back turned and provides him with information about the Russian agent who escaped from John’s home after killing Pam. John’s quest for revenge involves a stint in jail, a mission to Russia, lots of interchangeable partners, and lots of corpses.

Jodie Turner-Smith and Michael B. Jordan in Tom Clancy's Without Remorse

It also involves the necessary conspiracy that rises to the top, with both Ritter and the seemingly sympathetic Secretary of Defense Thomas Clay (Guy Pearce) at the top of the list of people who clearly cannot be trusted. None of this is particularly surprising or exciting, and Jordan’s charisma only goes so far in the sale. No regretsTerrible tough-guy dialogue from an action movie.

“Now they’re going to follow my rules,” John says of the bad guys. When he is arguing that he is part of the undercover team for a mission in Russia, he tells Greer and Clay: “You need someone like me. And there is no one like me. “It could well be Wolverine telling people that he is the best at what he does, because of all the connection he has with reality.

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Director Stefano Sollima is an Italian television veteran whose latest English-language film is disappointing 2018. Hitman continuation Soldier’s day, and provides competition at the television level No regrets. Much of the action is murky and chaotic, though Sollima features a standout sequence involving John, trapped in a jail cell, facing off against a series of heavily armed guards attempting to capture him. It’s the only time No regrets feels distinctive, and not just like an extended Jack Ryan spin-off or a copy of the highest-grossing thrillers of decades past.

However, that moment is disappointingly brief, and the climax is a protracted battle between mostly faceless characters, following a futile confrontation between John and the man he’s been searching for. Sollima casts bizarre comedy star Brett Gelman as a villainous genius, then completely squanders Gelman’s unique talents in favor of generic military conspiracy talking points.

The original deal for No regrets involved Jordan reprising the role of John Clark in a movie based on Clancy’s Rainbow six, which has spawned a very popular video game series. It is not clear if that plan is still in effect after No regretsIt went from Paramount to Amazon, but this movie still plays as a long preview of what fans really want to see. That point is emphasized in a mid-credits scene that is quick to undo the events that happened a few minutes earlier during the movie’s proper ending. John Clark may be one of Clancy’s most enduring creations, but the plug-and-play feel of No regrets it just makes it anonymous and indistinct.

Starring Michael B. Jordan, Jamie Bell, Jodie Turner-Smith, Guy Pearce, Lauren London and Brett Gelman, Tom Clancy’s Without Remorse premieres Friday, April 30 on Amazon Prime.

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