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.
Phil Alden Robinson
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
Excerpts from James Horner's score were taken directly from a piece of music from Aliens, and the Patriot Games, also scored by Horner. It is worth noting that both excerpts re-used by Horner are direct lifts from the Adagio of the Gayane Ballet Suite by Aram Khachaturian. See more »
The laser-guided bomb dropped by the F/A-18 has a blue casing, which means that it is a dummy/practice round. Live bombs are painted olive green. See more »
[Escobedo hears Cortez's recorded conversation with Cutter]
So. What am I supposed to do with YOU!
[slugs Cortez with a baseball bat]
Perhaps I'm supposed to kill you with this bat!
[Sipo, Cortez's henchman comes in and guns down Escobedo]
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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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