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.
Communist Radicals hijack Air Force One with The U.S. President and his family on board. The Vice President negotiates from Washington D.C., while the President, a Veteran, fights to rescue the hostages on board.
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
In the scene at the airport, where the President is answering questions about his friend (using Jack Ryan's advice to say that he and his friend were very close), you see a pack of media approaching the President. The lead newswoman, and the one who asks him the question, is actually Barbara Harrison, a prominent news anchor in Washington, D.C. on the local NBC affiliate station. See more »
Felix Cortez was shown to be an exceptional intelligence agent, but then is shown making three serious errors:
1) He allows himself to be recorded speak to the National Security Adviser in a Panama hotel - If anything Cortez would have suggested using another room to discuss sensitive matters as his room or the adviser's may have been bugged.
2) He leaves Nora's body in the open - Had he placed her in the bed or disposed of her remains outside and nearby the cabin, it could have slowed the or halted any investigation into her death. As it was he made the connection between himself and Nora when his actions were meant to prevent such a link being made.
3) He had no operatives within Escobedo's inner circle to contact him if/when something went wrong - When Jack Ryan arrived at the Escobedo estate, Cortez should have been informed instead of being surprised when Ryan was at Lindo Coffee before he arrived.
None of the above were indicators that Cortez was the master spy that everyone believed him to be. See more »
[Chavez was able to close in on the Sergeant Major by using a cheeseburger wrapper as a decoy]
Soldier, how did you get so close to me?
Sniper approached the instructor by being a sneaky bastard, Sergeant Major!
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Harrison Ford returns as "Jack Ryan," star of the very well-done "Patriot Games," the film adaption off the best-selling Tom Clancy novels. Also returning are Anne Archer and James Earl Jones.
THE BAD - This isn't as intense, especially in the first half hour, as Patriot Games and the ending was a little disappointing with a action-scene credibility problem. Once again - it's getting to be a tired Hollywood theme - top U.S. government officials, going all the way to the President, are corrupt people, liars not to be trusted.
THE GOOD - It's nice to see Willem Dafoe finally play a good guy. The villains in here are deceptively interesting, actors such as Joaquim De Almeida, Harris Yulin and Henry Czerny and Miguel Sandoval - not big names but recognizable and good actors. The violence is not overdone in here and when the action does occur, the sound is terrific. The best action scene was shootout in the streets with snipers firing at cars below.
The positives are far more than the negatives, making this a solid thriller.
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