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The Sum of All Fears (2002)

PG-13 | | Action, Drama, Thriller | 31 May 2002 (USA)
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.

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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

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27,000 Nuclear Weapons. One Is Missing.

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Action | Drama | Thriller | War

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

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Budget:

$68,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$31,178,526 (USA) (31 May 2002)

Gross:

$118,471,320 (USA) (30 August 2002)
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When the National Anthem is being sung before the Super Bowl the portion we hear is from the fourth stanza not the first that is usually sung before sporting events. See more »

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The three primary effects of nuclear detonation, flash, heat and blast, are confused. In the blast scene from inside the hospital, the shock wave and flash of light arrive together. The only way for this to happen is if the hospital was right next to the stadium, in which case the hospital would be obliterated. Furthermore the heat from the blast appears to have no effect. Everyone else, further from the explosion, would first be blinded/burned by the light/heat before the shock wave would hit them, as the shock wave travels only at about the speed of sound. Also on the TV the blast in the stadium is seen the fraction of a second before the blast hits the hospital. Even with a direct link to the camera in the stadium the picture of the blast couldn't arrive earlier than the flash of the light from the bomb itself. See more »

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Title Card: In 1973, Egypt and Syria launched a surprise attack against Israel. By Day Two, Israeli ground forces appeared on the verge of defeat. In the event that their ground forces were overrun, an Israeli A-4 jet took off on patrol with one nuclear bomb.
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Holes big enough to fly a jet through
5 July 2003 | by (Toronto, Ontario) – See all my reviews

This is a ridiculous movie. First the casting of Ben Affleck as Jack Ryan just doesn't make sense, chronologically (he's already been played by the much older Harrison Ford and Alec Baldwin) or physically – Affleck just isn't commanding enough for the role. Secondly the movie is simply capitalizing on North America's new found fear of terrorism on home turf, and thirdly the screenwriter Paul Attanasio took huge liberties with the Tom Clancy novel, including, in a stroke of misguided political correctness, changing the bad guys from Middle Eastern to Nazis. Of course everyone hates Nazis, so the filmmakers are not going to offend anyone (Hollywood finds it so hard to get good hateful villains now that Russia is no longer communist) but are we to believe that there is a worldwide conspiracy by super-rich and powerful Nazis to pit two world powers against one another? And how, after the blast (yes, there is a huge atomic explosion), does Ben Affleck piece together this entire conspiracy using only a cell phone and a palm pilot? I'm willing to suspend disbelief in most movies, but this movie has holes big enough to fly a jet through.


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