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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.
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.
The real star of ‘Clear and Present Danger’ is 90’s go-to corrupt bureaucrat Henry Czerny. I'm not sure if director Philip Noyce really understands how hilarious Czerny is, but I do.
Czerny vs. Harrison Ford in a race to see who can Delete/Prt Scr computer documents the fastest is an unintentional highlight of the film. Ford’s printer runs out of paper. Czerny gets a phone call. And so on.
Another instance where the writers chose to ignore the majority of Clancy's classic novel. It's tough to forgive how many important characters from this book and future stories were killed off. This is a series of novels that definitely deserved better adaptations. With the most recent film a failure, I can't imagine that will happen now. Again, 'The Hunt for Red October' is the only worthwhile film in the series, and Harrison Ford wasn't even in that one.
a great story could have been told have they dug deeper into many of the themes raised; it is as well crafted as the movies before but the movie lacks the energy other actions films have.
I prefer Affleck/Baldwin in this role.
It's a bloody shame that Ford didn't get three Jack Ryan movies.
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