Tom Clancy Adaptation “Without Remorse” Hits Prime Video in April

Tom Clancy adaptations have been around nearly as long as Tom Clancy novels, but they've never had a Black protagonist before. There have been five Jack Ryans, but John Clark is one of the first major cinematic African-American spies. Michael B. Jordan (Creed, Black Panther) takes on the role in a film that's been in development for more than 25 years. The likes of Keanu Reeves, Laurence Fishburne and Tom Hardy have, at one point or another, been attached, but Jordan's production company Outlier Society finally got it made.

Jordan plays a Navy SEAL distraught over the murder of his pregnant wife. Back in the field, he discovers a massive conspiracy that could bring the U.S. and Russia into a full-on war. He teams up with another SEAL (Jodie Turner-Smith) and a CIA operative (Jamie Bell). The all-star cast also includes Guy Pearce, Colman Domingo and Brett Gelman. The only aspect that keeps me from being too excited is that it hails from the team behind Sicario: Day of the Soldado, one of the worst films of the past few years. But if all goes well, the film will likely be followed by an even bigger adaptation of Rainbow Six, Clancy's massive novel that has inspired numerous video games. It remains to be seen if this movie will tie in with Amazon's Jack Ryan series.

Without Remorse will stream exclusively on Amazon Prime Video on April 30.


About Kip Mooney

Kip Mooney
Like many film critics born during and after the 1980s, my hero is Roger Ebert. The man was already the best critic in the nation when he won the Pulitzer in 1975, but his indomitable spirit during and after his recent battle with cancer keeps me coming back to read not only his reviews but his insightful commentary on the everyday. But enough about a guy you know a lot about. I knew I was going to be a film critic—some would say a snob—in middle school, when I had to voraciously defend my position that The Royal Tenenbaums was only a million times better than Adam Sandler’s remake of Mr. Deeds. From then on, I would seek out Wes Anderson’s films and avoid Sandler’s like the plague. Still, I like to think of myself as a populist, and I’ll be just as likely to see the next superhero movie as the next Sundance sensation. The thing I most deplore in a movie is laziness. I’d much rather see movies with big ambitions try and fail than movies with no ambitions succeed at simply existing. I’m also a big advocate of fun-bad movies like The Room and most of Nicolas Cage’s work. In the past, I’ve written for The Dallas Morning News and the North Texas Daily, which I edited for a semester. I also contributed to Dallas-based Pegasus News, which in the circle of life, is now part of The Dallas Morning News, where I got my big break in 2007. Eventually, I’d love to write and talk about film full-time, but until that’s a viable career option, I work as an auditor for Wells Fargo. I hope to one day meet my hero, go to the Toronto International Film Festival, and compete on Jeopardy. Until then, I’m excited to share my love of film with you.