5.0 out of 5 stars A great Jack Ryan tale that is over too soon
This is a tale of a young jack Ryan and how he became to be involved with the CIA. We also see how he met his wife. Soon we also see how he uses his negotiating skills to save the world from a nuclear attack and nails the bad guys.
I was surprised that the character of Jack Ryan was handled so well by Ben Affleck. Actually there are many great actors that are...
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3.0 out of 5 stars It was alright, but in the end was weak.
The movie is ok, not one of the best. There are better Jack Ryan movies out there (The Hunt for Red October). The main problem with the movie is it leaves out a ton of stuff mentioned in the book, this was why the book was good. In the end though, I'd only rent this movie, not buy it.
Published on May 12 2004
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5.0 out of 5 stars A great Jack Ryan tale that is over too soon,
This review is from: Sum Of All Fears (Blu-ray)This is a tale of a young jack Ryan and how he became to be involved with the CIA. We also see how he met his wife. Soon we also see how he uses his negotiating skills to save the world from a nuclear attack and nails the bad guys.
I was surprised that the character of Jack Ryan was handled so well by Ben Affleck. Actually there are many great actors that are so believable and do not overwhelm their characters. Even though the whole story was great and well balanced, my favorite scene is the one where Jack has to explain to his girl that the reason he is not at their date location is because he is helping the CIA with a nuclear count in Russia. Jack says that he cannot tell her what he is doing. DCI William Cabot (Morgan Freeman) said to just "go ahead and tell her the truth" so Jack does tell the truth and his girl (Bridget Moynahan) hangs up in frustration and disbelief. William Cabot snickers. Morgan Freeman is just good at whatever he touches.
Moral of the story is cigarette vending machines can kill you.
5.0 out of 5 stars A Full Feather Moss,
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This review is from: The Sum of All Fears [Blu-ray] (Blu-ray)This is a great movie and an excellent adaptation of the novel (despite having to make a few obvious changes). Affleck—not usually one of my favorites—turns in a solid performance as Ryan and enjoys the support of an excellent cast. Solid pacing keeps the viewer interested all the way up to the highly satisfying conclusion. Recommended.
Oh, and the review title? It's an anagram. :-)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Expresses the True Spirit of the Book,
A nuclear bomb is discovered in the desert by a bedouin, left buried from a downed airplane during the '73 Israeli War. He suspects it has some value and can make money by selling it. An agent purchases it for a mere pittance, vastly less than its true worth ... so realistic. After the unexpected death of the Russian President, his replacement is investigated by the CIA. The US President, his advisors and the CIA are busy extracting information about this relative "dark horse" to discover his stand on the major issues. In the past, Jack Ryan had written a paper on him, extrapolating his views on world events ... He accompanies a delegation from the US to visit Russia and ensure nuclear disarmament is going according to plans. Each side assesses the opposition with wary reminders of the past ever in the forefront of their minds ... How difficult it was to learn about Soviet arms during the cold war, US agents had died trying to access .information ... now a delegation was freely being shown the labs, nuclear reactor and storage facilties. Times had indeed changed ...
The US President attends a filled to capacity football stadium in Baltimore, MD when suddenly, unexpectedly and rapidly Secret Agents usher him out ... A huge explosion occurs, with the mushroom cloud indicating a nuclear bomb went off. During the disaster, Jack Ryan seeks his superior, only to find him taking his last breath. He pays his last respects and uses his cell phone and ID bage to enter the White House. Jack had discovered irrefutable evidence that proves it was *not* a Russian attack. The nuclear substance originated in the United States. The fingerprints of the explosion and subsequent fall out are positive proof. However, suspense builds as the US President and Russian President are on stand-by preparing for war ... trying to read each others motives for action. The unraveling of the peace accords takes minutes although it took years and years to create peace and disarmament. The difficult decisions faced by the US President are depicted superbly ... The raw emotions arising during such a national disaster are naturally conveyed. The only failure in the film is the choice of selecting a disgruntled fascist group as the culprits for the attack. Keeping it closer to the story line in the book would have paid off huge dividends in the short and long run. In the years following 2001 and the Sept. 11th attack, using ancient history such as Nazi-like fascists as the enemy just does not seem credible. This is why it reminds me of the "007" films. Despite this one major flaw, for which I deducted one star, the film was a hit with this viewer. I highly recommend it.
Erika Borsos [pepper flower
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5.0 out of 5 stars I liked it. I REALLY liked it.,
It looks like lot of reviewers gave this movie low rating due to 'political incorrectness' and 'revisions' from original plot. However, I still thought it was an excellent movie for several reasons. Honestly I could not pinpoint exactly why I felt 'moved' when I was walking out of theatre nor inspired watching it on DVD again- I think, I think I felt moved and inspired because it does demonstrate a glimpse of 'truth', the truth that all nuclear war is possible as long as we and they have them. Our very fear of nuclear war might have diminished considerably after the end of the Cold War era, however, the 'possibility' still exists as long as the existence of nuclear weapons is a fact. I do not think the 'possibility' of nuclear war would differ whether it's Neo-Nazis or some fundamental terrorists trying to accomplish their purpose; the 'more' important point is that the sum of all fears will exists no matter what. I think I was moved because of another possibility that this existence of sum of all fears can be prevented by one side's willingness to yield and back down 'unconditionally'. This was very important factor, at least for a novice movie critic like myself, because you are preventing the sum of all fears by 'putting down' your pride and even risking everything you have- I was definitely inspired by Russian president's very courageous and bold decision in the heat of the moment... wow.
You know, perhaps I was moved walking out of the theatre on one sunny day because of realization that anything is possible. Anything is possible in the sense that I might die or vaporize instantly without knowing it, especially when you went through and witness 9/11. I was motivated to live my life more faithfully and courageously. And I also want to believe that the good of humanity can be achieved through true courage. (I'm being sidetrack here...but who's real 'chicken' when you refuse to smoke back in high school under peer-pressure? Those, who try to force you to smoke and call you 'chicken' for not smoking, are the ones who couldn't stand up to the peer-pressure in the first place...the true C)
I liked the ending, whether it's realistic or not, to see that there are still forces working for the good of humanity.
Alrite people..better get back to Ryan now.
5.0 out of 5 stars the sum of all fears,
4.0 out of 5 stars Reall good film,
3.0 out of 5 stars It was alright, but in the end was weak.,
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3.0 out of 5 stars A good movie, but...,
Ben Affleck portrays the recurring character of Jack Ryan pretty well, make no mistake, though, he's still Affleck. He's a little to pretty to imagine as a CIA official, but lets not dwell on that.
The plot is good, and Morgan Freeman is excellent as Ryan's superior and friend.
The movie has a lot of romantic and comic relief, so at least it's not 2 hours of intense scenes of Ben Affleck on a Nokia!
Certain parts of the movie aren't extremely believable, but of course, after 9/11 it's hard to imagine that anyone could sneak a bomb anywhere, less a big football game with the President attending.
This wasn't my favorite movie, but if you want to be excited and enjoy a movie for a few hours, this movie will do!
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing, lack luster,
I beg to differ.
The real downfall of this movie lay not in the theatrical performances of Ben Affleck or Morgan Freeman but instead comes from the pre-production studio politics and the implausible, if not laughable, script changes. Making the antagonists of the film Neo-Nazis seems not implausible but in fact makes the film disingenuous and smacks of derivative 1980's film schlock.
Whomever adapted this scripted turned a respectable peace of Clancy's trademark political science fiction into a piece Clive Cussler pulp.
4.0 out of 5 stars A good movie but it needed someone better than Ben Affleck,
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