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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…
Most actors are lucky to be remembered for more than one character they portray throughout their careers. Harrison Ford has three iconic characters that will live forever in cinema history, Han Solo, Indiana Jones, and to a lesser extent his version of CIA agent Jack Ryan, a character who has now featured in five different movies.
Clear and Present Danger was Ford's second bow as Ryan. More complicated than 92's Patriot Games, Phillip Noyce's drug cartel thriller based on Tom Clancy's superior novel has another impressive cast, complex plot, and thrilling action sequences that back up a fine script and even finer performances from Ford, Dafoe, and the always reliable James Earl Jones. Corruption at the highest level, Presidential ties…
"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)…
I've read a couple of the Jack Ryan books and although I like the character he doesn't translate on to film very well. This is probably the best film adaptation, mostly because Harrison Ford is the only convincing ex-military, weathered CIA Analyst. It's nearly 2 and half hours and that seems a little excessive. Once it turns in to a Harrison Ford and Willem Dafoe buddy cop movie it gets about 10 times more watchable.
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".
Harrison Ford is good as always and the core pieces of the plot are interesting, but the final product was pretty boring.
Dad fiction to the maxxxxxx!
Holy crap. So good.
Harrison Ford is always fun to watch. Especially in these spy-espionage movies, he's more matter of fact and not over the top, which makes the stories feel like how it would be in real life. But who knows. It's a good story, one that unfolds naturally and doesn't get too carried away with elaborate cover-ups and ridiculous twists that usually occur in movies with weak stories. I also never knew that this was a direct sequel to the movie The Hunt for Red October, with Alec Baldwin as Jack Ryan, so I'll definitely be revisiting that.
It's presented as an action film with Harrison Ford punching drug dealers to death, (at least it was on the film4 info) but it's more of a political thriller, with the action provided by the ever brilliant Willem Dafoe (who should have been in this more and every film generally). It's a fun film, but I didn't get what I thought it was. But what it is is enjoyable throwaway entertainment.
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One of those "everybody's seen it" movies I finally got around to watching. Maybe this movie is a product of its time, and I missed the moment. It felt very much like an office worker's day dialed up to 11 - the main character has to take over his boss's job (director of CIA), tries to impress his boss (the president), discovers a secret project through research, paperwork, and good employees, and decides not to play office politics. There's also a big theme about how Jack Ryan is a boy scout. He does the right thing no matter what.
So basically, it's a Dad Movie. If your dad (or you) works in an office and secretly wishes all that paper-pushing…
Re-watched because I wasn't sure I had actually seen it. Solid work with some decent performances
IF YOU LIKE DECKER, YOU'LL LOVE CLEAR & PRESENT DANGER
Harrison Ford supported by Willem DaFoe in this political spy thriller. James Earl Jones makes an appearance. Classic 90s movie.
Popcorn classic 🍿🍿🍿🍿🍿
Really good. Great performances from a starry cast. Willem Defoe & Harris Yulin give meat to supporting roles. The is a great set piece in Colombia where a motorcade gets attacked. James Horner's score brilliantly complements Philip Noyce's direction.
Help me out with this one guys.
"It's Mission Impossible!" is the true peak of cinéma.
Every film that has ever been nominated for an Academy Award in any category. Enjoy!