TOM CLANCY’S WITHOUT REMORSE is a military thriller on Amazon Prime loosely based on a 1993 novel by Clancy. Michael B. Jordan plays Navy Seal John Kelly, whose pregnant wife is killed by Russian assassins in retaliation for the death of some Russian soldiers in Syria during a hostage rescue. Three members of the Seal team are also killed, but the government puts a stop to any retaliation, to keep the peace. However, Kelly forces a Russian diplomat to give up the name of the assassin who escaped Kelly’s house. So, the Defense Secretary okays a Navy Seal op to kidnap the assassin in Russia. The mission goes awry, however.
TOM CLANCY’S WITHOUT REMORSE is an exciting, intense military thriller with just enough intrigue to keep things interesting. The climax features a wild, extraordinary battle in Russia. WITHOUT REMORSE has a strong moral, patriotic worldview. It supports the efforts of the Navy Seals and others to stop a plan to start a new conflict with Russia. MOVIEGUIDE® advises extreme caution because of very strong violence, lots of foul language and moral relativism.
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Dominant Worldview and Other Worldview Content/Elements:
Strong moral, patriotic worldview, with some moral relativism
20 obscenities (many “s” words), three strong profanities, two light profanities
Some very strong and lots of strong violence includes point blank shootings, many gunfights involve shots to the head, explosions, villain fires many shots at covers on a bed where he expects a married couple is lying under the covers, but only the husband’s pregnant wife is lying in the bed, and later the husband comes to shoot at him, and both are wounded (the wounded villain escapes as the husband is lying wounded on the floor unable to follow), hero forces Russian diplomat to name the escaped villain who was part of the assassination team sent to his house and then kills him after extracting the name, hero in jail cell fights off guards sent to take him somewhere, but he’s suspicious they will assassinate him (eventually a U.S. Marshall is sent to encourage the hero to leave with him), several intense fight scenes, a plane goes down into the ocean after a Russian jet hits the wing, men struggle to survive under water, a villain blows himself up, snipers appear after that, and a long but exciting battle ensues as the American soldiers (including the hero) defend themselves against snipers, and Russian soldiers and Russian cops and try to escape, and movie ends with a CIA assassination of a traitor holding a high position in the federal government who put soldiers and CIA operatives at risk for a personal political goal, and the CIA covers up his assassination
No depicted or implied sex scenes, but husband makes amorous advances to his pregnant wife after they have some guests over the house to celebrate his upcoming retirement from the military, but she’s too tired
Upper male nudity in several scenes
Some alcohol use, and man pretends to be drunk as he tries to spy on Russian embassy and Russian diplomat in Washington, D.C.
Smoking and/or Drug Use and Abuse:
No smoking or drugs; and,
Betrayal, a secret conspiracy endangers the lives of patriotic Navy Seals and their families, lying.
TOM CLANCY’S WITHOUT REMORSE is a military thriller on Amazon Prime about a Navy Seal who tries to avenge his wife’s murder but finds her murder is part of a larger conspiracy designed to start a war between Russia and the United States. Loosely based on Tom Clancy’s 1993 bestseller, WITHOUT REMORSE is an intense, exciting, satisfying thriller with a strong moral, patriotic worldview, but MOVIEGUIDE® advises extreme caution because of very strong violence, lots of foul language and some moral relativism as the hero eventually becomes a covert assassin for the CIA.
The movie opens in Aleppo, Syria, where a team of Navy Seals is sent to rescue a CIA operative allegedly being held captive by Syrian troops. However, when they get there, the Seals find that Russian troops are actually holding the man hostage. The extraction proves difficult, but they manage to accomplish it, though not without some Russian soldiers being killed. One of the Seals, John Kelly, is angry with the hostage’s CIA handler, a man named Ritter, who lied to them.
Back in the states, Kelly is ready to retire from the military and take a security job so he can be with his wife, Pam, who’s pregnant with their first child. One night, however, a team of Russian assassins invade Kelly’s house and kill his wife, while Kelly barely survives. One assassin escapes, but Kelly saw his face before he left.
Two other Navy Seals were also killed by Russian assassins, but the United States government decides to call the score even since the Seals had killed those Russian soldiers in Syria. Of course, this doesn’t sit well with Kelly, who wants revenge and justice for his wife and child. So, against orders, he goes after the Russian diplomat who approved the passports for the dead assassins in Kelly’s house. Kelly figures only the diplomat knows the identity of the assassin who escaped Kelly’s righteous wrath.
At Dulles Airport in Washington, D.C., Kelly forces the diplomat to give him the name, then kills the man. He surrenders to the police, and he’s put into prison.
Kelly’s superior officer on the Seal team, Lt. Commander Karen Greer, is still upset that the government didn’t want to pursue the Russian assassins who killed her team members. She expresses her anger to the Defense Secretary Clay, who sympathizes with her. Clay decides they should send her team to retrieve the Russian assassin since Kelly already got the man’s name anyway. Clay also thinks Kelly should be go with them, but, if he gets back alive, he will go back to prison. Kelly likes that decision, but he isn’t happy that Ritter the CIA operative from the Syrian operation will be going too.
The secret mission is betrayed, however, and the Navy Seals barely make it to Murmansk, where the escaped assassin is living. Eventually, Kelly and Greer discover that the team’s conflict with the Russian assassins is part of a larger conspiracy designed to start a war between Russia and the United States. The question is, will anyone make it out of Russia and back to the United States alive to expose the conspiracy?
The original 1993 novel by Tom Clancy on which this movie is based was an origin story about how a former Navy Seal named John Kelly became the covert CIA assassin John Clark. It involved a battle with a drug cartel and another battle to expose a Soviet mole during the Vietnam War. Eventually, Clark becomes an important, more overt intelligence resource for Clancy’s hero, Jack Ryan, who goes on to become Vice President and then President of the United States.
Of course, 1993 was a long time ago, so the filmmakers have updated the origin story to include a plot about a conspiracy to start a new conflict between Russia and the United States. The plot is snatched from today’s headlines, where some people in Washington became upset about President Trump’s desire to develop a more positive relationship with Russia and its current leader, Vladimir Putin. Paradoxically, some of these people were also upset about Trump’s tough stance against Communist China.
Be that as it may, WITHOUT REMORSE doesn’t deal with the Chinese side of the equation. It still offers viewers an exciting, intense military thriller with just enough intrigue to keep things interesting. Also, the climax has a wild, extraordinary battle sequence in Russia, where Kelly, Greer, Ritter, and the Seal team faces intense sniper fire and gunfire from a bunch of Russian police and Russian soldiers when their operation to snatch the Russian assassin goes to pieces.
TOM CLANCY’S WITHOUT REMORSE has a strong moral, patriotic worldview. It supports the efforts of the Navy Seals and others to stop the dastardly plan to start a new conflict between the United States and Russia. Eventually, Kelly changes his name to Clark and becomes the covert CIA operative and assassin that Tom Clancy fans know and love. Michael B. Jordan does a great job as Kelly/Clark, as do Jodie Turner-Smith as Lt. Commander Greer, Jamie Bell as Robert Ritter, and Guy Pearce as Secretary Clay. Jordan and Amazon Studios hope to make the movie part of a series of thrillers about the character John Clark. Judging by the quality of this production, they’re well on their way to doing just that.
MOVIEGUIDE® advises extreme caution, however, because of very strong violence, lots of foul language and some moral relativism.
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