This told a better story than the video game. Apart from some really bad eye-rolling moments (some *really* cheesy dialogue, WMDs), I really liked this movie. Jake was not bad, and Ben Kingsley always delivers. The use of political subtext was pretty clever and added a lot of flavor to the story (even with the WMD bit). And the parkour effects were done very well.
I don't know how much of this is true or not, but I had read somewhere that BBC America isn't owned by the BBC themselves, but Discovery Networks. DN just licensed the BBC name and had to get the rights to the programs themselves.