CIA analyst Jack Ryan must stop the plans of a Neo Nazis 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.
Carolyn Polhemus, an up-and-comer in the Kindle County D.A.'s Office, is found viciously murdered in her home. Immediately her boss, D.A. Raymond Horgan and his chief deputy, Rusty Sabich ... 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 an 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 U.S. government agencies. The footage was also used in an episode of JAG (1995). See more »
Dr. Ryan was appointed Deputy Director of the CIA after Admiral Greer took ill. This would place Dr. Ryan at the head of the chain of command for the CIA; therefore, no files that Mr. Ritter (of Operations) or even Mr. Cutter could be kept hidden from Jack, so there would be no need for Jack to "secretly" access the reciprocity files on Ritter's computer. All Jack had to do, as Ritter's Boss, was demand to see the files and any diskettes or other media Ritter was attempting to conceal regarding his and Cutter's "own little war." In other words, Jack had all the evidence he needed on demand, as Deputy Director, to tie the illegal war to Ritter, Cutter, and ultimately the President without the troops being killed or taken hostage. See more »
[on Cutter's computer]
They're in. Congratulation, James, you've got your own little war.
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The last of Harrison Ford's outings as Jack Ryan (following PATRIOT GAMES), CLEAR AND PRESENT DANGER is a classy outing that throws the star into the middle of a drugs war between Colombian cocaine barons and some highly corrupt American officials. Along the way, he must contend with an ineffectual President (THE THING's Donald Moffat), an ailing buddy (the ever excellent James Earl Jones) and a mercenary leader (the scene stealing Willem Dafoe).
The movie is well shot and entertaining, never better than when detailing the cyber hijinks between Ford and corporate schmuck Henry Czerny or an excellent ambush set-piece halfway through. Unfortunately, it's overlong, with a great deal of repetition that could have been removed in favour of a tighter, pacier ride. Still, we get a solid turn from Ford and a deliciously tough bad guy performance from Joaquim de Almeida, so it's not all bad.
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