Keira Knightly

Bend It Like Beckham (2002)

Bend It Like Beckham (2002)

Director:

Gurinder Chadha

Starring:

Parminder Nagra

Keira Knightly

Jonathan Rhys Meyers

Plot:

The daughter of orthodox Sikh rebels against her parents’ traditionalism and joins a football team.

Review:

I loved this movie growing up and I had no interest at all in soccer/football. It was all about Jonathan Rhys Meyers and his accent. Seriously, he’s the only reason I watched the movie as a teenager. Now a days I’m not so into lanky men, but the accent is still pretty awesome.

As an adult I found the cultural side of things much more interesting. I’d be lying if I said I didn’t still enjoy listening to him talk though.

3/5 

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Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit (2014)

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Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit (2014)

Director:

Kenneth Branagh

Starring:

Chris Pine

Kevin Costner

Keira Knightly

Plot:

Jack Ryan, as a young covert CIA analyst, uncovers a Russian plot to crash the U.S. economy with a terrorist attack.

Review:

Jack Ryan is not an action star. He’s an analyst. He’s smart, he uses is brain, he’s not jumping off of cars and all that other crap. At least in the books.

If you go into this movie and know nothing about Jack Ryan you’ll probably enjoy it. If I think of it as not a Jack Ryan movie I enjoyed it. But the facts are Jack Ryan is the name and there is just enough there to make me remember what it’s supposed to be.

2/5 for Jack Ryan book fans

3/5 for everyone else