Throughout a lot of Without Remorse, viewers suppose they’re watching a easy revenge film. At the highest of the movie, John led his staff of Navy SEALs on a mission to Syria on the pretext that they have been rooting out Syrian sanctioned murderers and thugs. Who they actually left lifeless, nevertheless, have been Russian spies. Afterward, each member of Kelly’s staff was murdered seemingly by Russian brokers, as was John’s spouse and unborn daughter, who have been executed whereas Pam slept.
Following the assault on his spouse, Kelly went into Jack Bauer mode and killed each Russian official and underling who might carry him nearer to Viktor Rykov (Brett Gelman), the alleged Russian operative who led the assault on John’s house initially of the film. And to make certain, Rykov was definitely there, as each John and the viewers noticed him along with his masks off when John was shot throughout the house invasion.
However, the large twist of Without Remorse is that Rykov was not a Russian asset; he was an American one. When John, Naval officer Karen Greer (Jodie Turner-Smith), and CIA agent Robert Ritter (Jamie Bell) observe Rykov to a Russian condominium, they uncover the entire film has been an elaborate ruse, performed on the expense of American intelligence and (quickly) the general public. John and his household have been simply collateral harm.
“There are no other ops, John,” Rykov says when the American particular forces staff corners him in an condominium, revealing he’s been mendacity in wait with a suicide vest. “You and me being here is the real op.”
As Rykov explains earlier than pushing the button, he fancies himself a real patriot, much more so than “those behind us in Washington.” He’s been satisfied that one of the best ways he can serve his nation is by dying in a fiery explosion in Russia. His objective isn’t to take John Kelly or his staff with him both. It’s fairly the other, actually. Rykov is working for “those behind us,” and people D.C. insiders wanted John, or an American soldier like him, to be within the constructing when the explosion went off. That means it’d look fairly damning to Russian authorities, particularly since snipers working with Rykov murdered the primary Russian cops to reach on the scene.
This plan was executed on the idea that a global incident could be created when it reached the press that American troopers have been killed on Russian soil whereas performing an unlawful operation—which itself could be seen by the American public as retaliation for the unlawful operation on American soil that killed John’s spouse.