I love to read, but I can say I never dived deep into Tom Clancy’s books. I often found him too wrapped up in the details and his pacing too slow. I can see the appeal, especially among military nerds. Even though I was never a Clancy fan, I was a fan of Without Remorse. Clancy’s books often deal with these huge plots full of political intrigue and high stakes. Without Remorse did not, it was a rather small story in which there were no world-shifting consequences.

Without Remorse told a story of vengeance and what happens when a very capable man runs across some very bad people. It’s the origin story of John Clark the Yin to Jack Ryan’s Yang in many ways. We see where John Clark came from and how he became the badass we know him as.

When Amazon announced it would be creating a Without Remorse film, and I was stoked. Since the Jack Ryan series was fun, and I was excited.

Well, after being pushed back a few times, the movie finally dropped on April 30, 2021. That night I popped some corn, poured myself a beer, and kicked back. Be warned! This is your spoiler notice.

As a Without Remorse Adaption

As the credits rolled, I sat there rather annoyed. This is not an adaptation of Without Remorse. It has almost nothing in common with the novel. I understand that anytime you turn a book into a film, you lose things and things change, but the general story is usually the same. However, Without Remorse has nothing in common with the novel besides the name and the fact it’s a John Kelly/Clark origin story.

We can accept some changes for the story’s sake, like the modern setting. However, that’s not the issue. The film adaptation is not even a skeleton of the novel, rather, it’s a pile of bones with pieces missing.