CIA, squirrels at the movies

By Pat Quinn

The most expensive-to-create Korean animated film and a life-threatening CIA mission hit theaters Friday in “The Nut Job” and “Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit.”

“Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit”

“Jack Ryan” is an action thriller about a CIA analyst who faces Russian terrorists.

In terms of action, the movie gives off a “Mission: Impossible” and Bourne vibe. I’m sure this movie includes many twists, turns and deception.

“Jack Ryan” stars Chris Pine, known for his role in the recent “Star Trek” movies. Pine co-stars with Kevin Costner and Keira Knightley. Another selling point is director Kenneth Branagh, who directed “Thor” and “Valkyrie.”

“The Nut Job”

After animals burn through their food supply, it is up to Surly, a squirrel, to do right by finding food for the winter for him and the creatures of the park.

The movie has a decent cast that includes Will Arnett, Liam Neeson and Brendan Fraser. Even comedians Jeff Dunham and Gabriel Iglesias make an appearance in “The Nut Job.”

The movie doesn’t appear as strong as others of its kind, like “Kung Fu Panda” and “Madagascar.” The film has an interesting plot, but the lack of advertising and weak preview fall short of the publicity for “Frozen.”

“The Nut Job” movie was not made or produced by a big-name company, which could give it a slight advantage because it’s not something we normally see. This will probably be in and out of theaters quickly. Prepare to see “The Nut Job” on Netflix soon.