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Its not that Bad (Possible Spoilers)
I had read the Book twice before finding out that there actually is a Mini Series on this. Given Hollywood's reputation on filming Novels (Bourne identity, Sum of All fears, the Jackal) I wasn't particularly expecting exact replica.
But well its not that Bad. Face it Comapred to what they did to the other books I mentioned, this is as close as it gets. hallmark does have a reputation to stick to the Book better than rest of them. If you have not read the book then you will surely like this one. The Cast's good, the Score and the locations are good.
I didn't like it when they replaced the Manifesto with some biological Weapon Crap. I thought the Female FSB agent and the Daughter were just distracting. Nigel Irwin was turned wimpy to say the least. What I did not like at all was when the agent provocateur (sp ?) of Forsyth was turned into modern day James Bond. Patrik's not bad its the role he had to do.
I didn't like the Ending when Jason shot Igor. I'd have expected the FSB agent to do it as a foreign national shooting an elected President would have been a diplomatic Faux Pas.
All in all Not a bad Yarn especially if you have not read the book.
No Way Out (1987)
On Par with Jack Ryan
SPOILERS AHEAD ! This movie is indeed exceptionally well paced and brilliantly Paced. A routine murder turns into Mccarthyesque Witch hunt. The suddenness is so abrupt that it does not let you have a chance to second guess anyone's motives. Truly edge of the Seat and gripping Story.
The director has made it exceptional with many shocking twists and turns that keep you glued to your seat. It manages to jostle shoulders with the Jack Ryan tales at the top. I really never expected Star of Waterworld could give this Exceptional performance ! Truly remarkable !!
Regarding Henry (1991)
Looking from the Other side
I am Harrison Ford Fan Especially since his Dr. Jack Ryan Days. I had first seen this movies in 97-98 on TV. At that time I'd probably have given like 3/10 or some such and called it a tear jerker.
But after doing my own 3 months in Hospital and 1 yr. in Rehabilitation, I saw it again on TV. This time it made a huge impact on me although I knew the story. Suddenly I was able to relate to Henry and his problems and frustrations, especially his love to live life Fully.
Not many people will agree with me. But I do wish to tell you that take his advice. You never know about Tomorrow.
The Price of the Bride (1990)
A must see spy thriller
Truly the best case intrigue, suspense and deceit. The classic
Forsyth touch is seen all over the movie. One wonders why the assistant Dennis Gaunt is made the hero where clearly his superior Sam Mccready had pulled the strings in the original novel!
Picking up the plot in toto from the novel 'flight into danger' by Arthur Hailey and John Castle(Both not credited); adding some crude jokes in nielsen tradition, this movie spoofs the airline disasters, religious zealots. There is such a striking resemblance with the novel ( down to the particular dialogs) that one wonders how it escaped without crediting. what could have been a great drama midair as in the actual novel, this is a big comedy made out of airline disaster. The repetating dialogs and gags tend to drive one up the wall. In all worth staying away.
The Air Up There (1994)
A must see
The efforts of an assistant coach; not working by the rules, to get a basketball player somewhere in a remote part of Africa, are
best portrayed in this movie. The astonishing length to which
he is prepared to go with a knee out of order are really touching. The plot is quite emotional at some points especially when Jimmy decides to go in the play with the risk of losing the knee permanently.
Rising Sun (1993)
a must see scean connery
This is one hell of a suspense story with very intriguing plot and twists & turns. Especially the charater of conner has more angles than a ordinary mystery movie. The depth of Japanese culture is shown brilliantly. In all a must see. For those sean connery fans, this is far superior than any of his Bond movies.