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Test Screenings Lead to Changes in the Film

Chris Pine is already the 4th actor to play Jack Ryan in the 5th film of the thriller series based on the books by author Tom Clancy. Since Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit had a quite disappointing start at the US box office, the question can be asked whether Paramount might put this hero on hold for another 10 years before putting him to the test once more or whether the international box office gives Pine a second chance to play the character in a sequel. Moscow and London are locations that are intentionally included.

Ironically, the American test audience ended up having the biggest influence of the film and not the viewers in Russia, China or Europe. Instead, the US viewers prompted the studio to change the film's ending. Of course, the producers declare in their interview with Collider that it was a change for the better.

Earlier in the interview, they also talked about how difficult it has become to genuinely surprise cinemagoers nowadays since they've basically seen it all. And that is probably true for the more seasoned film buffs and that might be the reason that the film's first version tried something different. Something that Di Bonaventura calls "philosophical". But the test audience wanted a typical hero ending in which the good guy finishes off the baddie. Not really innovative but that's what it was changed to.

But maybe the philosophical ending that offered the audience something interesting wasn't intended but just a compromise since the film was initially planned to end "bigger" but then had to scale back because of a reduced budget. But then the test audience came to the rescue and put in its veto, prompting Paramount to invest some more money in order to pump up the ending.

The scrapped finale might probably end up on the Blu-ray later on and everyone can then decide for himself what works better. In the meantime, the worldwide audience has to consume what a few representative Americans have chosen for us all. Since it still lead to a relative box office bomb in the US, the expectations are probably best kept low.

Release: Jan 25, 2014 - Author: Bob - Translator: Mike Lowrey

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