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This was not a bad film. I respect Harrison Ford as an actor, but he did not hold a candle to Alec Baldwin as Jack Ryan. Too, the problem with this film is that it was taken out of sequence from the Jack Ryan Books of Tom Clancy. It is still a good thriller and worth watching, but to me it fails to hold up to the earlier film, a much closer approximation of Clancy's novel. The one repeated and enduring role was James Earl Jones as Adm Greer. I would have suspected if Baldwin had kept to the part and better script writing had been involved this might have fared better. And what was the purpose of plugging Richard Harris into the film for the very few moments he was on film. It was an insult to his caliber as an actor. The same holds true and then some for "Clear and Present Danger."
Well, I have to say that I don't have much interest in Tom Clancy, as
the only film I'd seen based on his work prior to seeing this one was
the 2002 film 'The Sum of All Fears', and all I can remember about it
was that I found it really boring. Patriot Games is, apparently, the
follow up to the 1990 film 'The Hunt For Red October' - I haven't seen
it, but to me this film stands up pretty well on it's own so I don't
think that is a problem. Patriot Games is a pretty tight little
thriller which holds up well despite some questionable plot points and
some rather unbelievable goings on. The plot focuses on Clancy
protagonist Jack Ryan, a former CIA man holidaying in Britain. He
happens to be around when some IRA terrorists make an assassination
attempt on some member of the royal family, and thwarts the attack by
killing one terrorist and letting the other be apprehended by the
police. The remaining man is Sean Miller, and he's not too happy about
the death of the other terrorist as it happens to have been his
brother. A personal vendetta is then sworn as the terrorist seeks
The film benefits from a decent cast. Harrison Ford isn't the best actor of all time, and here he pretty much sleepwalks through the film (as usual), but somehow he has great screen presence, and since this thriller doesn't exactly demand high quality acting; he fits the role just fine. Sean Bean is his opposite number. Bean is an actor I've never really liked, but he does play villains well, and he manages to make the audience believe that he is hell-bent on revenge. The rest of the film is made up with good support turns from the likes of Samuel l. Jackson, Thora Birch, Anne Archer and James Earl Jones. Apparently, the film puts an untrue spin on terrorist groups; but my advice with regards to that is just ignore it and enjoy the action. There's a fair amount of action too, as the film features car chases, shootouts and various fistfights. It does take a while for Patriot Games to get going; about an hour in fact, but it's not boring at any point, and therefore makes for good entertainment throughout. Overall, Patriot Games is not 'brilliant' by any means; but it's a fun ride and my advice is; just relax and enjoy it!
Gripping and suspenseful thriller has Harrison Ford well-cast as ex-CIA analyst Jack Ryan, now enjoying life as a civilian, but obligated by what he feels is his proper duty when he intervenes in a terrorist attack. His actions make him, as well as his family, the target of an infamous Irish radical out for revenge. Frustrated and out of options, he rejoins the CIA so he can have the means necessary to apprehend the IRA lowlife before it's too late. Strongly acted and well-crafted the film holds you with taut, convincing plot twists, swift pacing, and exciting action scenes on its way to a slam-bang finale. A good, sound action-thriller. ***
I have both read the novel and seen the film, and though Tom Clancy
fans will probably be after my blood, the film is probably better. Tom
Clancy distanced himself from the film due to some plot twists, but I
personally think that the movie flows very well. The acting is great!
Harrison Ford has always been a favorite of mine, and Sean Bean was
once again perfectly convincing as the villain. I think that the entire
movie was worthwhile. Despite the "R" rating for the film, it is not
very graphic. The rating is probably from a certain sexual scene and
the intensity of the violence. My only real complaint is that the final
action scene, although fun, was a bit unrealistic. All in all, a great
My Rating:9 out of 10 stars
This movie is 14 years old yet holds its own by today's action standards. It's always a nice visit to go back to the movie making days before CG. While present day action films are nonstop, in-your- face while being heavy on effects and low on plot, you don't get that here. I like Alec Baldwin, but I'm glad he turned down the Jack Ryan role for a Broadway play. Harrison Ford is so convincing you share in his anguish and pain. Too bad he chose not to take up the role again for "Sum of All Fears". Ben Affleck as Jack Ryan? Give me a break! The lovely and talented Anne Archer is equally impressive. Great work from the Australian director Phillip Noyce. Can't wait to see "Catch a Fire". I would have given it an 8, but the Sean Miller character was written as being too over-the-top.
Hello! First, I don't own a copy of the "Patriot Games", otherwise I
would have checked it back myself.
Just a Question: Have I seen Osama bin Ladens picture on one of the monitors in one of the office scenes? I mean it was 1992...very early. Or is that somebody else?
Beside of that bizarre stuff, I think it is a good movie, with a little bit of chill effect. Makes you wonder what kind of sick operation the secret services around the world are planing right now!
Nice acting of Herrison Ford and Sean Bean. Priceless the view he has on his face as Cathy Ryan spots him in the van. The embarrassment of a terrorist.
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Patriot Games is something worth seeing when there isn't much else to do. Its an easy to watch, if slightly dated, thriller, featuring a good cast and a few memorable scenes. What I couldn't get over, however, was the 'comedy' Irish accent of Sean Bean. Every so often he slipped back into Yorkshireman, remembered his part, and tried to put an Irish twang back into his voice. The plot concerns an ex-CIA hotshot, Harrison Ford, who saves a member of the English Royal Family from assassination at the hands of terrorists. In the process, he shoots Sean Bean's terrorist brother. When Bean escapes from custody, he devotes his energy to tracking down Ford and his family, looking for revenge. Cue plenty of near-misses and a bit of shooting. The film ends with Bean getting killed on a boat, so everything works out nicely. They could have dropped the cosy final scene featuring Ford and his 'wonderful' family all happy and content, however: it was incredibly schmaltzy. On the whole, though, Patriot Games is OK, but nothing more.
I have never read any of Tom Clancy's works, but I have seen all the
movies made from them. Patriot Games is one of them.
The storyline is quite simple: Jack Ryan (Harrison Ford), former CIA analyst, is on vacation/lecture tour in England with his family. While on the way to meet them near Buckingham Palace, he & his family are caught in a cross-fire during an assassination attempt on a member of the Royal Family, Lord Holmes (Edward Fox), by a rogue faction of the IRA led by Sean Miller (Sean Bean). In the ensuing shoot-out, Jack killed one the terrorists, who happens to be Sean's younger brother. Jack gets drawn back into the CIA after the terrorists set out a vengeful attack against his family back in USA.
In my view, the action sequences in this movie are not very exciting, when compared with any of the recent Bond &/or Bourne movies, although the entire movie is quite entertaining. I particularly enjoyed the sequence showing a real-time satellite-tracking session at CIA HQ, during which Jack & his counter-terrorism team are watching a crack SAS team conducting a black ops raid at the terrorists' hideout somewhere in Libya. The accompanying music score is realistically haunting! What excites me most about this movie is watching Jack exercising his astute power of observation & his uncanny ability to juxtapose images in a relentless attempt to track down the whereabout of the rogue faction of the IRA,...with the high-tech resources of CIA's counter-terrorism group, of course.
Using vital information secured from Paddy O'Neil (Richard Harris), an IRA supporter in the USA, Jack narrows down the search through his observation/juxtaposition of CIA's satellite images (which includes an overhead snapshot of an apparently capped woman with a pony tail) with his own recalled images: - a back-view glimpse of the pony-tailed driver in the terrorists' getaway vehicle during the foiled assassination attempt in England; - a side-view glance of the pony-tailed driver in the terrorists' getaway vehicle during an unsuccessful assassination attempt on his life outside the US Naval Academy; All these associations have been triggered while taking a break & walking pass a pony-tailed woman employee on the way to answer the call of nature at CIA Headquarters.
What a brilliant piece of detective work - observation plus juxtaposition - on the part of Jack! The Power of Observation & Juxtaposition are obviously requisite character traits of a CIA analyst.
In summing up this review, I have enjoyed very much watching Patriot Games, experientially as well as educationally. This is another wonderful addition to my resource repertoire.
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*SPOILER ALERT* *SPOILER ALERT*
Harrison Ford interrupts an IRA assassination attempt against the royal family. "Pure rage" propels him to take on the terrorists. Now one of the surviving assassins wants revenge. He tries to wipe out Harrison's family. Now it's on. It's Harrison Ford vs. the Irish terrorist.
Harrison Ford wins one for all the family men out there. When his wife gives him an order, "You just get him Jack.", Harrison obeys. He does what I think most of the people in the audience would hope they would do under similar circumstances. Kill the bad guys of course. There are many heart pulling scenes of his poor little girl in the hospital. This drives Harrison on to be a better CIA analyst and nail the bad guys. It's all for the family.
There's a brief glazing over of the IRA/Northern Ireland angle but really the terrorists could have been anybody. The politics are not important. This is a revenge thriller. Someone takes a shot at Harrison Ford's family and you know he is going to take care of business. I liked it.
I would probably have liked this better if I had never read the book. I
first got interested in Clancy after I saw the movie Clear and Present
Danger. Both Clear and Present and The Hunt for Red October are excellent
adaptations and include as much as realistically possible considering the
length of the books.
Patriot Games was good and very loyal to the original story until the end. Since I had already read the book I absolutely HATED the ending. It was fine as a stand alone but it was completely different from the book's ending. I wouldn't have minded them changing the ending except the book's was MUCH better and could have been used as is just as easily. Instead the filmmakers obviously didn't like how Jack Ryan handled the terrorists in the final confrontation and decided to monkey with things- badly. Despite that still a fairly good thriller.
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