MOVIEmeter
Top 5000
Up 257 this week

The Sum of All Fears (2002)

 -  Action | Drama | Thriller  -  31 May 2002 (USA)
6.4
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 6.4/10 from 73,110 users   Metascore: 45/100
Reviews: 557 user | 172 critic | 35 from Metacritic.com

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.

Writers:

(novel), (screenplay), 1 more credit »
Watch Trailer
0Check in
0Share...

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 30 titles
created 06 Dec 2010
 
a list of 43 titles
created 20 Oct 2011
 
list image
a list of 42 titles
created 08 Jan 2012
 
a list of 33 titles
created 24 Jan 2012
 
a list of 38 titles
created 8 months ago
 

Related Items


Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: The Sum of All Fears (2002)

The Sum of All Fears (2002) on IMDb 6.4/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of The Sum of All Fears.

User Polls

2 wins & 4 nominations. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Action | Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

CIA Analyst Jack Ryan is drawn into an illegal war fought by the US government against a Colombian drug cartel.

Director: Phillip Noyce
Stars: Harrison Ford, Willem Dafoe, Anne Archer
Action | Mystery | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

Jack Ryan, as a young covert CIA analyst, uncovers a Russian plot to crash the U.S. economy with a terrorist attack.

Director: Kenneth Branagh
Stars: Chris Pine, Kevin Costner, Keira Knightley
Action | Crime | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

A lawyer becomes a target by a corrupt politician and his NSA goons when he accidentally receives key evidence to a serious politically motivated crime.

Director: Tony Scott
Stars: Will Smith, Gene Hackman, Jon Voight
Body of Lies (2008)
Action | Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

A CIA agent on the ground in Jordan hunts down a powerful terrorist leader while being caught between the unclear intentions of his American supervisors and Jordon Intelligence.

Director: Ridley Scott
Stars: Leonardo DiCaprio, Russell Crowe, Mark Strong
Crimson Tide (1995)
Action | Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

On a US nuclear missile sub, a young first officer stages a mutiny to prevent his trigger happy captain from launching his missiles before confirming his orders to do so.

Director: Tony Scott
Stars: Gene Hackman, Denzel Washington, Matt Craven
The Kingdom (2007)
Action | Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

A team of U.S. government agents is sent to investigate the bombing of an American facility in the Middle East.

Director: Peter Berg
Stars: Jamie Foxx, Chris Cooper, Jennifer Garner
Unstoppable (2010)
Action | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

With an unmanned, half-mile-long freight train barreling toward a city, a veteran engineer and a young conductor race against the clock to prevent a catastrophe.

Director: Tony Scott
Stars: Denzel Washington, Chris Pine, Rosario Dawson
Action | Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

A court-martialed general rallies together 1200 inmates to rise against the corrupt system that put him away.

Director: Rod Lurie
Stars: Robert Redford, James Gandolfini, Mark Ruffalo
Air Force One (1997)
Action | Adventure | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

Hijackers seize the plane carrying the President of the United States and his family, but he - an ex-soldier - works from hiding to defeat them.

Director: Wolfgang Petersen
Stars: Harrison Ford, Gary Oldman, Glenn Close
Action | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

Secret Service agent Frank Horrigan couldn't save Kennedy, but he's determined not to let a clever assassin take out this president.

Director: Wolfgang Petersen
Stars: Clint Eastwood, John Malkovich, Rene Russo
The Mechanic (2011)
Action | Crime | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

Follows an elite hit man as he teaches his trade to an apprentice who has a connection to one of his previous victims.

Director: Simon West
Stars: Jason Statham, Ben Foster, Donald Sutherland
Ladder 49 (2004)
Action | Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

Under the watchful eye of his mentor Captain Mike Kennedy, probationary firefighter Jack Morrison matures into a seasoned veteran at a Baltimore fire station. Jack has reached a crossroads,... See full summary »

Director: Jay Russell
Stars: Joaquin Phoenix, John Travolta, Jacinda Barrett
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ian Mongrain ...
Syrian Radar Operator
Russell Bobbitt ...
Israeli Pilot
...
President Fowler
...
Admiral Pollack
...
National Security Advisor Revell
...
...
...
Defense Secretary Becker
Al Vandecruys ...
US STRATCOM Colonel
Richard Cohee ...
Mt. Weather General
Philip Pretten ...
President's Military Aide
Alison Darcy ...
Fowler's Aide
...
Ostap Soroka ...
Zorkin's Translator
Robert Martin Robinson ...
Zorkin's Interviewer
Edit

Storyline

When the president of Russia suddenly dies, a man whose politics are virtually unknown succeeds him. The change in political leaders sparks paranoia among American CIA officials, so CIA director Bill Cabot recruits a young analyst to supply insight and advice on the situation. Then the unthinkable happens: a nuclear bomb explodes in a U.S. city, and America is quick to blame the Russians. Written by Sujit R. Varma

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

27,000 Nuclear Weapons. One Is Missing.

Genres:

Action | Drama | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for violence, disaster images and brief strong language | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Official Sites:

Country:

|

Language:

| | | |

Release Date:

31 May 2002 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Sum of All Fears  »

Filming Locations:

 »

Box Office

Budget:

$68,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$1,156,633 (Australia) (30 August 2002)

Gross:

$621,647 (South Africa) (27 September 2002)
 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

|

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Wolfgang Petersen was offered the chance to direct but declined. See more »

Goofs

The tail rotor on a CH/HH53E is more than 10ft/3m above the surface when the aircraft is on the ground. See more »

Quotes

Bill Cabot: When I asked for your advice, I didn't mean that you should actually speak.
See more »

Connections

References Deep Impact (1998) See more »

Soundtracks

Rise Up
Written by Eric Wikman & James Donaldson
Performed by Sunkids featuring Chance
Courtesy of Yellorange Productions, Inc.
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

See more (Spoiler Alert!) »

User Reviews

 
Well Made Thriller
10 March 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Sum of All Fears is an enjoyable thriller and the type of movie the Hollywood studios have always been good at making. It's slick, expensive-looking, well-acted and two hours of far-fetched fun. Ben Affleck plays CIA Agent and superman Jack Ryan PhD. Ryan is a former marine, linguist and all-round polymath who saves the world from impending disaster. Affleck is youthful and convincing as Ryan and makes him seem fallible and likable. Ryan becomes a confidant of the wise and sensible CIA Director Bill Cabot (Morgan Freeman) and acquires a beautiful and successful girlfriend (Bridget Moynahan) who believes he's a historian.

The plot is complicated and involves a new Russian leader (Ciaran Hands) who spouts anti-U.S. rhetoric. A Russian chemical attack on Chechnya increases the tension between the two countries. An Israeli atomic bomb is found in the Egyption desert,a relic of the 1973 Arab-Israeli conflict. Neo-Nazi terrorists (led by Alan Bates) want to provoke a nuclear conflict between America and Russia. They acquire the bomb from a South African arms dealer and explode it in Baltimore. The U.S. blames the Russians and the two countries are about to commence all-out nuclear war until Ryan works out what is happening and it all ends happily. The message is that the new Russian leaders are reasonable men signifying that the world has moved on from the Commie bashing flicks of the 1980s.

The idea of a terrorist nuclear attack is topical, but unfortunately the Neo-Nazi villains seem very 1970s. The film has good character actors in supporting roles (e.g., Liev Schrieber, James Cromwell). I much prefer Afflek's Ryan to that of the 52 year-old Harrison Ford who by 1994's Clear and Present Danger seemed too old and surly for the role.


5 of 6 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
President Fowler GOP or DEM? bmacleod52
Were more nuke scenes left on the cutting room floor due to 9/11? roximunro
'We'll send in peace-keepers' nzpedals
Discuss The Sum of All Fears (2002) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?