Tom Clancy’s Without Remorse Parent Guide
The plot marches doggedly on to its implausible conclusion, steamrolling any attempts at acting along the way.
Parent Movie Review
When a CIA-backed op in Syria goes sideways, Navy SEAL John Kelly (Michael B. Jordan) and his team find themselves in more trouble than they can handle. Russian affiliated mercenaries turn up in their homes, killing most of Kelly’s team and his pregnant wife, Pam (Lauren London). Determined on revenge, Kelly operates outside the law to track down the surviving members of the Russian hit squad. But the closer he gets, the more he realizes that the cause of his problems may not be in Moscow, but back in D.C. With the help of fellow SEAL Karen Greer (Jodie Turner-Smith) and CIA operative Robert Ritter (Jamie Bell), Kelly will find the truth…no matter what.
Tom Clancy is one of those authors who is really fun to read when you’re about 14 and then drops off sharply as you age. Post-adolescence, Clancy feels like a paranoid military fanatic who has an excellent grasp on military terminology and technology and almost no understanding of how real human beings talk. Film adaptations of his books usually struggle with the same problem, and that’s a big problem in Without Remorse.
Despite the script, Michael B. Jordan does his darndest to bring real human emotions to the story, but it doesn’t make much difference. The plot marches relentlessly on towards its increasingly implausible conflicts and political conclusions, and it ends up steamrolling Jordan’s work along the way. I realize that action thrillers aren’t usually emotionally deep or poignant, but this movie is a particularly low point.
On the upside, Without Remorse is a very mild R-rated film. There is minimal extreme profanity which is downright bizarre for a film like this, no nudity or sexual content, no drug use, and no excessively graphic violence (although there’s plenty of sanitized violent action). I’m frankly a little surprised that it’s rated “R” in the first place, since I’ve seen worse in PG-13 films. If you’ve got some action-hungry teenagers, this should be fine for them to watch.
Frankly, this film could have no objectionable content whatsoever and it would still be a bland, formulaic, fairly soulless trek through action movie clichés. While Kelly is supposed to be, well, without remorse, he’s also been written without character, without interest, and without any personal development – none of which is going to make my job any easier when the sequel they were baiting in the mid-credits scene comes out. I can’t wait to sit through another one of these 90 minute wastes of digital film.Directed by Stefano Solima. Starring Michael B. Jordan, Jodie Turner-Smith, and Jamie Bell. Running time: 119 minutes. Theatrical release April 30, 2021. Updated October 2, 2021
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Rating & Content Info
Why is Tom Clancy’s Without Remorse rated R? Tom Clancy’s Without Remorse is rated R by the MPAA for violence.
Violence: Many people are shot, stabbed, and blown up. One individual is struck by a car and killed. Another is shown drowning.
Sexual Content: There is one crude sexual comment in Russian.
Profanity: There are just over a dozen curse words, including scatological terms and a possible sexual expletive as well as minor swear words and terms of deity.
Alcohol / Drug Use: Adults are briefly shown drinking socially.
Page last updated October 2, 2021
Tom Clancy’s Without Remorse Parents' Guide
What are relations like between the U.S. and Russia today? How have they changed since 1993 when the book was written? How have they changed since the book’s setting in 1970? What do you think that relationship will be like in the future?
The CIA is shown funding and organizing operations which have questionable legality and serious consequences. What kind of oversight does the CIA have? How have their operations previously endangered peace in different parts of the world? What is their agenda?
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This movie is an adaptation of Tom Clancy’s novel, Without Remorse.
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John Clark can be seen in Clear and Present Danger, played by Willem Defoe, and in The Sum of All Fears, played by Liev Schreiber. Other adaptations of Tom Clancy’s work include Patriot Games, The Hunt for Red October, and Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit. Although it isn’t a Clancy adaptation, Air Force Oneis about as close as it gets. If you’re looking for a higher-quality action movie with some political intrigue, The Bourne Identity, The Bourne Supremacy, and The Bourne Ultimatum are some of the best. More historically based spy thrillers include Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy and Bridge of Spies. Of course, you can’t talk about spy movies without mentioning James Bond, and my favourites in that franchise include Goldfinger, Casino Royale, and License to Kill. Younger audiences might enjoy Stormbreaker or even The Incredibles.