CIA analyst Jack Ryan must thwart the plans of a terrorist faction that threatens to induce a catastrophic conflict between the United States and Russia's newly elected president by detonating a nuclear weapon at a football game in Baltimore.
Tough guy Thomas Beckett is a US Marine working in the Panamanian jungle. His job is to seek out rebels and remove them using his sniper skills. Beckett is notorious for losing his partners... See full summary »
Jack Ryan is back and this time the bad guys are in his own government. When Admiral James Greer becomes sick with cancer, Ryan is appointed acting CIA Deputy Director of Intelligence. Almost before he can draw a breath in his new position, one of the president's closest friends and his family are murdered in their sleep by what appears to by drug cartels. Ryan is called in to investigate, but unknown to him the CIA has already sent a secret field operative to lead an illegal paramilitary force in Colombia against cartels. Things get even more complicated when his team is set up and he loses and agent in the field and a friend of his wife's, who was the murdered agent's secretary is murdered that same day. Ryan must then risk not only his career, but his life to expose the truth behind the mystery. Written by
The scene in which the convoy of Suburbans is attacked by the drug cartel is now actually used as a training video in US government agencies. The footage was also used in an episode of JAG (1995). See more »
In the scene where Jack has access to Ritter's computer, Jack is seen viewing and printing files. Then Ritter discovers Jack's diversionary phone call, so Ritter begins to delete the same files from the disk, and eventually clears the screen of the file Jack was accessing. Disk operating systems of all kinds do not allow an open file, the file jack was printing, to be deleted; thus, Jack should have been able to keep the file open as long as he wanted to and print or copy to another disk to use as evidence against Ritter. Furthermore, Ritter would have received an error message on his computer like, "CANNOT DELETE FILE - FILE IN USE", or some similar message, and not a "Deleting files *.*" message for the duration. The fact that the printer Jack was using ran out of paper is irrelevant. See more »
[a attack has occurred on the American delegation, secretly ordered by Escobedo's intelligence man Cortez]
You don't want to hear an answer.
Yes I do.
It was done to look like you did it... by one of the others, as you suspected. It's always a friend who hates you most.
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Great unusual and tense start, poor bog-standard and boring finish
This movie starts out as a wonderful Tom Clancy adaptation. Tense, gripping and uncompromising it embroils the audience in the sleazy world of political espionage. The violence, though extreme in places, is actually quite understated and at all times completely integral to the plot. If only they had been allowed to continue in this vein to the end I would have given it 10/10 for sure.
But ooh, no. Hollywood studios dictate that any and all thrillers and dramas must end in a ridiculous macho farce, with plenty of pyrotechnics and stunts, presumably in case the audience didn't understand the rest of the film. In this day and age when people will watch a film in some form most nights, it does nothing for each movie when they all wind up feeling the same.
These days such sequences can only ever serve to kill off any tension built so far, but in this case, every single shot for at least the last 10 minutes is a cliché which has been done frame by frame exactly the same way many times before - inspiring mixed feelings of deja-vu and boredom.
As for whether or not to watch it then? It's worth a go if there's nothing else on, but only then.
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