In this reboot of the dormant series Chris Pine is well cast as an ex-marine with brains and some brawn.
Adding little to what Bond and Bourne already provide its biggest fault is that despite the huge threat posed it doesn’t pull you in and make you care in any way. The story is so neatly wrapped up it left me wondering what the point was. Nothing really changes. Branagh’s direction is solid yet unspectacular; I preferred his Russian accent. Having slept on it I woke to find that Shadow Recruit left no real impression on me. It’s average incarnate.