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.
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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
According to the director commentary, the brief scene of intimacy between Ben Affleck and Bridget Moynahan, where they are in bed and play footsie, ended up being one of the first scenes shot of the two together. See more »
When the Russians mobilize anti-aircraft rockets they don't remove the lid from the top of the barrel, which has to be done before hoisting the missiles. See more »
[arriving at the airfield]
Mr. President, are you all right?
Jesus, Gene, how the hell do you think I am? How many casualties?
We don't know.
Cabot said it was Russian, how the hell did they get it in?
We don't know. Radar didn't pick it up, so it wasn't a missile.
Well... how is Cabot, is he all right?
I don't know!
Then what do you know?
I don't know, all right! I don't know!
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I'm not a huge fan of Clancy's Jack Ryan movies, but this one is the best I've seen so far. I usually watch them when the come on TV, but I got the DVD for this and have enjoyed it every time I've watched it. Some have criticized its plot as being somewhat out of sync with current events, but I found it to be very plausible - perhaps TOO plausible for comfort.
I would make a few changes, however. Mainly, rather than reprise Jack Ryan as a younger man, why not simply introduce another character? The nuclear explosion scene is chilling in its realism.
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