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This is a fun, entertaining, very awesome movie. I love it.
The directing is great, the acting is great, the pacing is amazing, and the sound effects are some of the best i've ever heard.
It's about Jack Ryan investigating events surrounding a Columbian drug cartel and a secret special ops team sent in to wipe it out.
The movie starts off a little slow, like the first 30 minutes, but the pace soon quickens.
The action scenes are some of the best i've ever seen. This is one of the best movies ever, in my opinion.
The script is also spectacular.
I remember a period in my life, like a year ago, when I would watch this movie every day! Sometimes twice in one day. I do remember watching it almost 5 times a week because I loved it so much. Now I haven't watched it in a while (I think I may have watched it too much!), but i'm sure i'll watch it soon in the future once again.
I LOVE THIS MOVIE!!!
I give it a 10 out of 10.
***SPOILERS*** Spoting a yacht sailing erratically in the choppy waters
off Florida the US Coast Guard has the boat boarded. On board they find
that it's owner was murdered together along with his wife and two
children by the group of Columbian drug traffickers who sea-jacked the
craft. The man who together with his family that was murdered happened
to be businessman Peter Hardin the Presdent of the United States Pres.
Bennett, Donald Moffat, best friend.
Outraged at what happened to his friend Pres. Bennett sets into motion a plan to get those who ordered Hardin and his family's murder with his top two advisor's Cutter & Ritter, Harris Yulin & Henry Czerny. To cover his and his advisor's behinds puts the now new CIA Deputy Director Jack Ryan, Harrison Ford, is put officially in charge. Ryan working together with the CIA comes up with the startling findings that Hardin, the presidents best friend, was a major money launder for the Cali Drug Cartel. Hardin using his business and banking expertise was skimming off the profits, that his bosses in the cartel needed to continue their operations, and that was the reason for his and his family's murder.
Getting retired US Special Forces officer John Clark,Willen Defoe, to get a 12 man strike force to hit the Cali Cartel where it hurts, in it's drug processing operations,Ritter is going against Dept. director's Ryan's sworn testimony to the US Congress. Ryan testified that no US military personnel will be used to fight the Columbian drug dealers putting the unsuspecting Ryan in danger, if the operation is ever found out, of being indited for perjury, in him lying to the US Congress.
As all these undercover dealings are going on the head of the Cali Cartel Ernesto Escobedo, Miguel Sandoval, chief counselor and ex-Castro intelligence agent Col. Felix Cortez, Jaquim de Almeida,is planing to set up his boss by getting him knocked off by the CIA. Cortez is also setting up rest of the Cartel leaders to be whacked by arraigning a major hit on the US governments representatives in Columbia. Later there's a Cortez sponsored attack in Bogata killing 5 Secret Service Agents and the the FBI chief Jacobs,Tom Tammi, with Cortez pining the attack on the "innocent" drug dealers.
Cortez has his lover and FBI director Jacobs private secretary Moira Wolfson, Ann Magnuson, unwittingly give him the information of Jacobs whereabouts. This helps Cortez in having Jacobs trapped in a motorcade in downtown Bogata where he was gunned down. Cortez then plans to make a deal with the US, after he had the Cali Cartel leaders knocked off, to take over the cartel's operations and cut the drug supply to the US in half. Making the US government's drug fighting agency DEA and the FBI, as well as President Bennett, look like their "War on Drugs" is a big success to the American people,
It turns out that Cortez's master plan miss-fires when it's discovered after a massacre of most of the cartel leaders, with the exception of Escobedo, that it wasn't a car bomb that was first reported by the news that did them in! It was a laser-guided missile, that could have only been used by the USAF, that did the job. With the sh*t hitting the fan all over D.C and the members of Congress demanding to know why the US military was involved in this unauthorized "hit" two things are quickly put into motion by presidential advisor's Cutter & Ritter 1. the US troops sent into Columbia are sold out by giving up their positions to the cartel mercenaries in order to have them all killed so they'll never live to tell the truth about their mission and 2. Jack Ryan is saddled with the blame for the secret operation with him made, by Cutter & Ritter, to look like he authorized it which he didn't.
Despite it's very complicated plot "Clear and Present Danger" is a top rate political thriller that never lets up, or lets you down, in it's nerve racking suspense. The movie ends with two great final sequences with Jack Ryan having it out in Columbia with Cortez and his hoods in order for him and Clark, the head of the sold-out US troops, to save the remaining US soldiers held captive. The ending just flipped me, as I assume everyone else who saw it, out with an incredible confrontation between Ryan and President Bennett right in the Oval Office that has to be seen to be believed! It's here more then anywhere else in " Clear and Present Danger" where I hoped that for once, just this ONCE, that life would imitate art!
Harrison Ford reprises his role as Jack Ryan after the mediocre
"Patriot Games." Ford isn't as good as Alec Baldwin in the role, but
This time, we see Ryan assigned to help fight a South American drug cartel.
This movie is good, but could have been better. The first half reeks of "war on drugs" propaganda that makes it hard for us to enjoy the movie. The second half is much better, in which we realize the scope of what's going on, and with the requisite action.
James Earl Jones returns as Admiral Greer, the comic relief. Anne Archer also returns as Ryan's beautiful wife, but Archer is again rather dull in the role. Willem Dafoe and Benjamin Bratt have small but impressive roles as soldiers in South America. But the real standout is Henry Czerny as the chilling, unscrupulous jerk Ritter.
This isn't as good as "The Hunt for Red October," but it's better than "Patriot Games" and "The Sum of All Fears."
Harrison Ford in this disappointing film about the affects of a
Colombian cartel group dealing with drugs.
Ford gets a top job at the CIA when the director (James Earl Jones) develops a terminal illness.
It seems that the President and his assistant are involved in a covert war in Colombia when they are denying this. Ford, their dupe, appears before Congress and is questioned by the late Hope Lange, who portrays a U.S. senator in one brief scene.
The action really starts when an adviser goes to Colombia to negotiate getting back U.S. money. He is murdered there and his assistant, possibly his lover, is found dead the same day as he is killed.
The film falls into other Tom Clancy books made into films. There is plenty of action but a lack of cohesiveness.
Be it as it is, the films adapted from Tom Clancy's Jack Ryan series
are really a good time to be had by sitting back and enjoying a bit of
action and espionage. There really is not that much more to it.
In this sequel to Patriot Games, Jack Ryan is caught up between the personal vendettas of the President of the United States and some Columbian drug lords. I have to give this movie a bit of credit for creating such a really banal President that seems atrocious even now that we've gotten used to Dubya and all that, and its enjoyable elements include a really neat sniper character, Willem Dafoe, and helicopters. It wouldn't be a Tom Clancy story without helicopters.
Harrison Ford puts off his usual "Good family guy forced into a fight he doesn't want to have in the first place," and this time his good-boy role is taken to a kind of different level wherein it actually becomes his own problem, but it's not like he really has to expand as an actor or anything to pull it off. Same with Willem Dafoe, really.
Sit down and give it a whirl, it's great with friends and some good fattening snacks.
This is a good and above average political thriller with action
elements in it. Still the movie gets a bit too complicated at times and
isn't always easy to follow. The movie is also long and some point of
the movie are dragging on, even though the pace always remains good and
It's hard to say in which genre this movie can be put. For an action movie it doesn't have enough action and for a thriller the story isn't good enough. It makes "Clear and Present Danger" a bit of a mixed movie that is far from perfect but still remains a perfectly watchable movie with some great actors and some memorable moments.
Main problem I had with the movie is that it lacked a distinctive visual style. A problem all Phillip Noyce movies always have. That's why I'm not a too big fan of Phillip Noyce movies, with the exception of "Dead Calm" maybe, which simply had a very solid and tense story. "Clear and Present Danger" is a good made movie but it just is too simply and standard done all and it isn't really anything new.
The cast is great and has some big names in it; Harrison Ford, James Earl Jones, Harris Yulin, Donald Moffat, Henry Czerny, Joaquim de Almeida, Miguel Sandoval, Benjamin Bratt, Willem Dafoe, Ted Raimi in a small role and a still very young Thora Birch.
The music by James Honer is really good. Even though it's typical Horner stuff, like he always used in his '90's movies, it works really well for the movie and truly uplifts the movie at times.
There are some good moments in the movie that are highly memorable such as the convoy ambush which has become a bit of a classic already perhaps. Yes, the movie is perfectly watchable but the story isn't always the best to follow and at times the storytelling is lacking. Still, a movie that I would recommend to you.
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I forgot I had this film until recently. When I realised I had it only on video and saw the special edition DVD in the shops I knew I had to by it. This is a great film with lots of twist and you really feel for Jack Ryan's character throughout( Played outstandingly by Harrison Ford). Great back up cast Anne Archer, Willem Dafoe and James Earl Jones. Clear has all the gun ho feel to it with all the twists and turns you would expect from a thriller and contains some of the most edge of your seat set pieces I have seen in that period films (1994). I especially love the conversation Jack's Character has at the end with the President( President To Jack "The old platonic two step?" Jack To President "Mr President I don't Dance!". Watch the film to see how poignant and unforgettable these words are . Enjoy!
I'm not going to say that Harrison Ford is my most favorite actor, but
I sure like to see him play. That's why I've already seen several of
his movies and that's also the reason why I gave this movie a try. I'm
normally not too much a fan of action movies, but with him in one of
the leading roles, you can always expect something more and better than
some simple spectacle.
"Clear and Present Danger" is a movie based on a Tom Clancy novel that tells the story of Doctor Jack Ryan, a CIA analyst who finds himself in the middle of a power struggle within the Colombian drug cartel as well as some dirty political games in the highest ranks of the American political establishment. It all starts with the murder of a close friend and his family of the American president aboard their yacht in the Caribbean, apparently in retaliation for stealing money as part of a money laundering scheme for the cartel. When some of the president's men convince the president to conduct covert actions against the cartel, without telling the Congress of course, and the security chief of one of the cartel bosses tries to play both sides by informing his boss, but trying to organize a coup against the cartel leadership with the help of the CIA at the same time, Ryan soon gets in a very difficult position. When he finds out the entire truth, he sets himself the almost impossible task to save the men that were left behind in the jungle, while trying to save his own reputation and life...
Whether everything shown in this movie is possible or not, I can not really say. But one thing is for sure and that is that we certainly will not know everything the president of the USA is involved in or has knowledge of. I'm convinced that everywhere in the world, the CIA does play some dirty tricks so now and then, as long as it is beneficial for them and / or the country. So in that perspective I must say that this entire movie feels quite believable. And even though this isn't the best movie I've ever seen Harrison Ford play in, I must say that he did a nice job in this movie. His character is still believable, because he never seems to use any weapons and certainly isn't some kind of superman who can escape from entire armies without getting a scratch (although it sometimes started to look like it). I don't think the average CIA office worker is used to carry a lot of guns, machine guns, hand grenades, bazooka's or I don't know what other weaponry you sometimes see them use in all those cheap action flicks, so it's a good thing that they didn't have Jack Ryan carry them either. But there is one thing I don't really believe: I don't think that the CIA would ever send such a high ranking employee in the field.
Nevertheless, Harrison Ford did a nice job with his role and the same can be said about Willem Dafoe, Anne Archer,... But in the end this is a bit too much an action movie to my taste, even though the action shots are certainly nice to watch. The story and the acting are OK and make that this movie is a lot better than the average action flick. That's why I give this movie a rating between 6.5/10 and 7/10.
*** This review may contain spoilers ***
In a Machiavellian storyline, Jack Ryan (played by Harrison Ford) is
embroiled in a political agenda to cut off the Columbian Drug Lords and
get "revenge" for the US president - whose friend was been murdered by
"drug tsar" Ernesto Escobedo (played very well by Miguel Sandoval).
The plot is very good and reminds viewers that even politicians can be the bad guys - but I think it overplayed the whole "Ryan is good", perhaps Clancy was annoyed by the rhetoric of politicians and decided to write a novel about it.
The action sequences are very well done too, but it tries too hard to be a suspenseful political action-adventure movie by incorporating ideas and themes from all the other Jack Ryan movies and putting them into one box.
I don't mind the fact its not the book, I thought this was a very good film about political agendas and the war on drugs.
During the film we see Escobedo and Ryan team up - but I thought this would be a novel thing to have in future films and novels - Ryan's contact in Columbia just happens to be the country's top drug lord....but it was not to be.
Anyhow - I thought this was a good political action-adventure movie that perhaps tried a little too hard on the action.
How many things go on daily in government planning that we, the public,
and, frankly, the media, never find out about. This film reminds us of
this factor and I liked its constant attention to corruption at the
highest levels of government. We all know its there, but a constant
reminder of it is a good thing.
The drug angle that Jack Ryan investigates, tied in with the secret hit squad hired to bring it own, put these events on a collision course that is unpredictable, highly suspenseful and tense. Willem Dafoe's character as the mercenary is my only complaint. Not a complaint against Dafoe but how his part was under written. A little more development would have helped the story nicely.
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