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Clear and Present Danger
The war of drugs would lead him to the war of power.
CIA Analyst Jack Ryan is drawn into an illegal war fought by the US government against a Colombian drug cartel.
One of the most underrated political thrillers of the 90's, Clear and Present Danger is to my mind the strongest adaptation of Tom Clancy's novels to feature the thinking man's hero, Jack Ryan. Harrison Ford, still nominally the most recognisable figure of the four men to play the role, picks up the part for a second time and as with Philip Noyce's earlier adaptation, Patriot Games, imbues the whole production with that earnest sense of all-American everyman charm few other actors can portray. Doubtless in these days of up-tempo action and big budget thrills, Noyce's piece could feel somewhat tame in comparison as Clancy's narrative about corruption in the White House linked to Colombian drug cartels involved, but he skillfully…
"Soldier, how did you get that close to me?"
"Sniper approached instructor by being a sneaky bastard, Sergeant Major!"
Of the four Jack Ryan films I've seen (The Sum of All Fears is the last) this was definitely the best. It finally seems to nail the character down and creates an effectively characterized nation in which to place him. He's like the desk job version of Captain America: he works for the country but prioritizes truth over patriotism. This conflict structure works well because it pits the ideal America against the reality, and although the movie never delves too deeply into the politics of nationalism it does enough to satisfy in an action thriller like this.
The film has also…
Jack Ryan's family was under attack in Patriot Games, but the target in Clear and Present Danger is something more intangible: his integrity. He physically puts himself in harm's way for his beliefs and values, making this film the most politically idealistic of the franchise, and it becomes clear at the end that some of these ideals are at odds with author Tom Clancy's. While this causes some problems as a direct adaptation, Clear and Present Danger is still an excellent political and action thriller.
Jack Ryan is once again an analyst for the C.I.A., but when his boss and mentor Admiral Greer (James Earl Jones' last portrayal of the character, he's phenomenal in all three original Jack Ryan films)…
It's a bloody shame that Ford didn't get three Jack Ryan movies.
awkwardly dated but the square-jawed righteousness i remembered is kind of a smokescreen, as this makes hegemonic analogs of the U.S. government and its self-righteous stupid President, and a drug cartel and its vengeful, fearless kingpin. it even goes so far as to suggest a sort of mutually beneficial economic relationship between the two.
also the killbox sequence here is probably the highlight of Noyce's highly overappreciated career, but on the other hand it never should have happened because everyone's OPSEC is just terrible. you got people making all kinds of unsecured phone calls and forging documents on personal computers, you got millions of dollars in illicit narcotraffic thoroughly documented on a single floppy disk, you got security guys not spotting simple tails or ignoring basic tactical rules like "look up and see the 10 snipers on the roof" or "have alternate routes".
A solid '90s thriller: nothing more, nothing less.
I really think Harrison Ford was pretty clearly the best Jack Ryan, though I also think Affleck and even Pine were fine. (I really didn't think Baldwin was a good fit, though the movie around him was pretty easily one of the best of the series.)
"You are such a Boy Scout."
A Jack Ryan film at its best. It's a multilayered political thriller with just as much brains as brawn. With great villains, supporting characters and a terrific plot that weaves all the characters and plot points together for a inteligent thrill ride.
Having just finished the book, I was interested in seeing how close the movie stayed to Clancy's original story.
The verdict is that they changed A LOT. There are very few parts of the movie that weren't changed from the novel.
Even though there were quite a few creative liberties being taken by the filmmakers, the movie itself is enjoyable. Good action. Good performances. But very condensed.
Good political thriller with Harrison Ford doing a great job of playing Jack Ryan the desk jockey turned field agent.
An overall improvement on Patriot Games, With bigger and better action scenes, a more involving plot and some of Harrison Ford's best on screen performances this is a thriller of high standard even if it doesn't satisfy fans of the novels.
My review -- this film is now on DVD and it has impressive figures from the box office a profit margin of roughly $151 million. The storyline is well detailed, from the genre of warfare and politics. But sadly straight from the beginning this project has one noticeable problem, the length of this film is in the ballpark of 145 minutes, throughout Clear and Present Danger has only one gear and that is slow which makes the contents really highly concentrated and relentless. One of the biggest assets of this film is the dialogue between all three of these performers it can be entertaining and highly enjoyable to just watch any of these performers to deliver discussion dialogue to one…
A spy thriller action movie that effectively delivers tense scenes of espionage and politics with nail biting action scenes in equal measure. A great performance by Harrison Ford that once again delivers a great portrayal of Tom Clancy's Jack Ryan character. The supporting actors also deliver great performances including James Earle Jones as Ryan's mentor, Willem Dafoe as the leader of a covert military unit, Anne Archer as Ryan's wife and a superb performance by Joaquim de Almeida as the villainous Felix Cortez. The soundtrack helps elevate the emotion of every scene with become overwhelming and the cinematography is well crafted.
My Take: A great spy thriller capped off by a top notch Ford performance. Go Watch in on Netflix. A must-see for fans of Tom Clancy.
L'ambiguità morale di Sotto il segno del pericolo si perde sotto troppe chiacchiere. Si fa vedere, ma non riesce mai a catturare del tutto.
Typical early 90's drama.
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