Two New York cops get involved in a gang war between members of the Yakuza, the Japanese Mafia. They arrest one of their killers and are ordered to escort him back to Japan. In Japan, ... See full summary »
Former CIA analyst, Jack Ryan is in England with his family on vacation. He then goes to Buckingham Palace to meet them when there's an explosion. Some people are trying to abduct a member of the Royal Family but Jack stops them killing one of them and capturing the other. He learns that they're Irish revolutionaries and the two men are brothers. The one that's still alive vows to get Jack. Later while the man is being transported, he is broken out. Jack learns of this but doesn't think there's anything to worry about. But when he's at the Naval Academy someone tries to kill him but he stops him. He learns that they're also going after his family so he rushes to find them but they made an attempt but they survive. That's when Jack decides to rejoin the CIA. And they try to find the man before he makes another attempt. Written by
In The Hunt for Red October (1990), during the initial briefing with the Joint Chiefs, doctor Ryan exclaims "son of a bitch!" after a moment of thoughtfulness - he does the same thing in this movie, during the discussion after he joins the Terror Assessment team. In addition, with a dash of subtle humor both scenes have someone saying "what?" after Ryan's exclamation. This "Ryan catchphrase" was abandoned in the subsequent Jack Ryan movies. See more »
When Dennis Cooley is in the desert begging with the IRA members to go on the mission Sean Miller tosses him a AK47 to test fire, when Dennis cannot operate the gun due to the safety been switched on, Miller takes it back and fires it at Dennis's feet, despite the AK47's powerful rounds no dirt or dust is thrown up from the bullet impacts. See more »
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Good guys are real good, and the bad guys are real bad.
Patriot Games is a more than serviceable thriller, perhaps a bit out of date when viewing it now, but still a very effective good against evil piece. The source material is so dense and intricate it was always going to be hard to condense that into a 2 hour movie but I feel the makers manage to keep it fleshy whilst making the respective characters interesting and watchable. The acting on show is more than adequate, Harrison Ford is great in the role of Jack Ryan, he manages to portray him as a sensitive family man who can step up to the plate when things get ugly, and Anne Archer is solid enough as the wife and mother caught up in the web of nastiness unfolding.
The baddies are led by the brooding Sean Bean who is a little under written, whilst Richard Harris is sadly underused, but the action set pieces make their mark and thankfully we get a riveting final reel that cements the steady ride we have under taken. It is formulaic to a degree, but that is OK if the combined efforts of all involved are spot on, and here they are, 7/10.
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