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A Rushed Origin Story That Could Be Improved With A Sequel


Tom Clancy’s Without Remorse is based on the book of the same name and tells the story of John Kelly, whose pregnant wife is killed by Russian operatives. While tracking down the men who killed his wife, John uncovers an international conspiracy to start an all-out war between the US and Russia. Without Remorse stars Michael B. Jordan, Jamie Bell, Jodie Turner-Smith, Lauren London, Brett Gelman, Jacob Scipio, Jack Kesy, Colman Domingo, Todd Lassance, Cam Gigandet, Luke Mitchell and Guy Pearce.

Becoming John Clark

Without Remorse is basically the origin story of John Kelly. John was planning on leaving his military life behind to join a private security firm with a good pay. However, his past life comes back to haunt him as he was involved in a military operation connected to the Russians. Russians sneakily try to attack John Kelly in his home and accidentally kill his pregnant wife instead. John struggles to cope with this tragedy and seeks vengeance relentlessly. However, his road to vengeance becomes increasingly complicated as a massive conspiracy starts unravelling.

The premise for John Kelly’s story is pretty interesting, but it feels like the movie fails to deliver. Firstly, Without Remorse could have done a better job at setting up John and his personality before his wife’s murder. After his wife’s demise, John becomes a rogue soldier who is willing to do whatever it takes to get to his wife’s murderers. This could have been much more effective if the movie had focused a little bit on John’s life before his wife’s death and shown that he was an obedient and patriotic soldier, who believed in the government until the system screwed him over. Unfortunately, most of this is delivered through clunky dialogue, which doesn’t feel as convincing. Without Remorse explores the events that led John Kelly to become John Clark, his government-assigned alias. However, these events feel extremely rushed as the movie’s runtime is just 1 hour 40 minutes.

Lack of Formidable Villains

If you are expecting an action-packed over-the-top climax at the end of Without Remorse, then you would be disappointed. The person pulling the strings for international conspiracy can be easily guessed in the first half of the movie, even if you haven’t read the book. The final major sequence in the movie features a typical supervillain dialogue that somewhat reminds you of George Orwell’s 1984. As his entire motive behind the conspiracy is revealed only through dialogue, it fails to make any impact on the viewer. When you really start thinking about his justification, it makes no sense at all.

Without Remorse suffers from having a boring antagonist. The hero in a story is as good as its villain. You won’t care about the main conspirator in Without Remorse or any other characters, except John Kelly, as their backstories haven’t been explored at all. The writers may have opted for creating a mysterious villain, someone like Stan Edgar from The Boys, but it doesn’t really deliver on that either.

John Kelly is The Only One Who Matters

Without Remorse has several military-focused action scenes, where John always manages to save the day. In any crisis, the narrative always finds a way to force a hero out of John. This isn’t necessarily something bad. But, for a movie that constantly ignores every character, except John, it should have at least let them do their own thing in action sequences. For instance, there is an intense standoff between John and his team and some Russian operatives. In this scene, one of John’s teammates finds a way to attack a Russian operative, but her gun gets jammed. This forces John to rush to the scene and save her. Likewise, every character in the movie, including his seniors in the hierarchy, looks like they lack expertise and experience as they always seem to rely on John to make key decisions and take critical action.

Tom Clancy’s Without Remorse movie severely lacks any kind of character development, which wastes the amazing cast it has onboard. Adding to that, the rushed narrative doesn’t allow any significant moment to have its own space in the movie. If Amazon is planning to expand this movie into a franchise and explore John Clark’s story further, they need to focus on building other characters, creating better action scenes, and slowing down the pacing a bit. Michael B. Jordan will also reprise the role of John Kelly aka John Clark in the upcoming Rainbow Six movie adaptation. Hopefully, the creative team of Rainbow Six movie will go with a different approach compared to Without Remorse.

Tom Clancy’s Without Remorse debuts on Amazon Prime Video on April 30.


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