Without Regrets: Michael B. Jordan, Jamie Bell, Jodi Turner-Smith, Guy Pearce
Without Regret Director: Stefano Solima
Remorse Rating: 2 stars
Without any reason it is to be expected that the plot titled Without Remorse and based on the book written by Tom Clancy will, at least in part, follow the plot of the said book. But that is not the case. This scribe acknowledges the ignorance of the source material, but the choice is still confusing, for whatever the quality of the book, it cannot possibly be this general.
Directed by Stefano Solima, Without Remorse is directed by Michael B. Jordan, who plays an American American Navy SEAL operative named John Kelly after the murder of his pregnant wife, who murders his pregnant wife.
A straight soldier, he becomes entangled in the double-dealing world of international espionage and is filled with extreme warmth, for which soldiers are simply pawns to achieve their ambiguous goals. Oh, and there are clearly people in the US government who look at the Cold War with a disinterested eye and want it back.
If you can’t tell by now, Remorse is a spy thriller that’s as traditional as they come. It is like the writers, Taylor Sheridan and Will Staples, wanted to tick every box of a specific film of this genre.
Nayak is an unstoppable force of nature that cannot be killed by entire battalions of bad guys. He is shot, but bullets in his torso and shoulders are a minor inconvenience in front of his targets. How big is the twist in that movie? If you are not paying attention you will see it from a mile away – which is honestly not given.
It is only the presence and intensity of jacked-up Michael B. Jordan and the supporting cast, most notably Jodie Turner-Smith, Jamie Bell and Guy Pearce, and some spectacular and performed action sequences that will keep you watching. It’s a good thing that the film is a star vehicle for Jordan, as he gets plenty of screen time. Their character is not particularly well written, but they make it more compelling, as it lacks authority.