Note: If you’ve made it this far and still haven’t seen “Without Remorse,” this is your warning to exit stage left before the plot gets spoiled for you.
Y’all didn’t think they’d get rid of John Kelly (excuse us, John Clark) that easily, right?
Because director Stefano Sollima’s “Without Remorse” is full of twists and turns, the movie couldn’t endwith Clark (Michael B. Jordan) walking into the abyss of a train station never to be heard from again as his friend Lt. Commander Karen Greer (Jodie Turner-Smith) looks on.
Surprise! The mid-credits scene reveals Clark is not done fighting. A year after going ghost with his new identity John Clark,he reappears in Washington D.C. with former CIA agent and current Secretary of Defense Robert Ritter (Jamie Bell). The conversation is brief, but Clark tells Ritter he wants to lead a multinational counterterrorist team made up of U.S., U.K. and hand-selected NATO personnel, calling it Rainbow. “Because it’s personal.”
” ‘Without Remorse’ is the origin of John Kelly and how he evolves to John Clark at the end of the movie. Of course, John Clark is the main character also in (Tom Clancy’s) ‘Rainbow Six,’ ” Sollima says. “The idea will be to make ‘Rainbow Six’ as a second chapter. Fingers crossed.”
‘A new norm’:Michael B. Jordan is shaking up action movies with his Tom Clancy film ‘Without Remorse’
In order to become Clark, Kelly faked his own death.
He figured out Secretary of Defense Thomas Clay (Guy Pearce) was the man responsible for his wife Pam Kelly’s death (Lauren London) so he kidnapped Clay and plunged the car they were driving into a body of water. The twoslowly sink as Clay panics and attempts to escape the sinking car to no avail, as Kelly is calm and collected, but furious.
“Say her name!” he demands of Clay multiple times. The phrase is reminiscent of the #SayHerName movement meant to honor Black women who’ve died at the hands of police.
“It’s something that we felt would would strike a chord,” Jordan says, noting that his character wanted Pam’s murderers to recognize the significance of her death and stop pretending like she didn’t matter. “It’s something as simple as just acknowledging the person that you guys took away from me.”
Sollima explains Kelly was trying to make sense of what happened to his wife. He wanted to humanize the tragedy that happened and the “intention was to create an emotional moment that is sort of a funeral of Pam.”
Though there were multiple demanding stunts Jordan had to perform for “Without Remorse,” such as jumping out of a burning car (“there’s not too much training you do for that” he jokes), the underwater scenes proved most trying.
“The underwater stuff was fun for a minute and then by the second week, I was like, ‘Please no, not again I can’t get back in this tank,’ ” Jordan jokes. “So I would say the the water work as a whole was probably the most nuanced and difficult stunt to do, but it was so rewarding when we got finished with it.”
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