Friday, January 31, 2014

Spotlight On...Jack Ryan

The newest Spotlight On takes a look back at the films starring Jack Ryan.

Based on the classic Tom Clancy character, CIA Analyst Jack Ryan has appeared in a handful of films.  With the reboot Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit, Patrick Doyle gets added to the list of composers that include Basil Poledouris, James Horner and Jerry Goldsmith.

Until then, here's a look back on the Jack Ryan films score by score. 

The Hunt for Red October (1990)
Music by Basil Poledouris
Poledouris creatively blended the orchestra with electronics in some great suspense and action cues.  Most familiar is the great Russian choir Hymn.  Easily the top score of the bunch.  (Just listen to: Hymn to Red October, Nuclear Scam, Ancestral Aid, Kaboom!!!) 

Patriot Games (1992)
Music by James Horner
With a large cast and crew change, James Horner stepped in with a large orchestral and electronic score.  We get Irish-inspired parts, with no main theme for Ryan or his family.  (Just listen to: Attempt on the Royals, Electronic Battlefield, Boat Chase, Closing Credits)

Clear and Present Danger (1994)
Music by James Horner
Horner returned, this time with a rousing patriotic theme (a little Goldsmith and Copland-esque).  Plenty of classic Horner-isms, and nice moments of tension and action.   (Just listen to: Main Title, Operation Reciprocity, Ambush)

The Sum of All Fears (2002)
Music by Jerry Goldsmith
With the prequel, Jerry Goldsmith took over, adding a strong vocal performance of the main theme, a heroic CIA theme, a theme for the villain's bomb, and enough orchestral action.  (Just listen to: The Mission, Clear the Stadium, Real Time The Same Air)

Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit (2014)
Music by Patrick Doyle
For the reboot directed by Kenneth Branagh, it was not a surprise Doyle would join.  Adjusting his style, he crafted a workable spy thriller, complete with string ostinatos and electronics.  Some of the strong material includes the main patriotic theme and the Russian choir, reminiscent of the Poledouris score.  (Just listen to: Faith of Our Fathers, Stealing the Data, Ryan Mr. President, Shadow Recruit)  

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