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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.
Military porn and conspiracies? It must be Tom Clancy!
In a bold move for a thriller, this film opts to do away with any mystery or suspense for the first hour and forty minutes. Instead showing us the exact thoughts and actions of each of the four main parties, as well as revealing their allegiances and ultimate goals (with one exception).
This approach leaves the vast majority of the film a dull expose on government paperwork practices/ seating arrangements for meetings. Sprinkled amongst that are an admittedly exciting car ambush scene, some military jungle spec ops masturbation and honestly stellar acting from James Earl Jones as a cancer patient.
Eventually though, the film realizes the need for a dramatic ending…
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".
The movie series skipped a few of Tom Clancy's novels to get to Clear and Present Danger. This has never really affected me since I've never read past the first two. (I started, but bailed early on Red Storm Rising, which isn't part of the Jack Ryan series anyway.) One of my friends is steeped in Clancy's bibliography, though, and he's concurred with most of my qualms with this film.
The underlying problem I have with it is that it seems to lose its focus too often, and I have the sense that the writers were simply tasked with bringing too many things to the screen. I've long suspected this would have made for a more satisfying TV mini-series than…
For some strange reason this movie always comes to mind when I think of a 'typical' 90s flick. Overflowing nationalism, Harrison Ford, CIA politics, and Tom Clancy. Is that not THE political thriller recipe for a time where Nirvana was fresh and tear-aways were still a good idea?
From the category of Blockbusters for Dads. I figured it was a good time to revisit these movies now that the spy genre is sort of making a comeback. This is definitely the better of the two Harrison Ford/Jack Ryan efforts. It's fueled by the sort of anti-government angst that will always have an audience among people who naturally assume that blatantly criminal acts are constantly being perpetrated in the name of freedom. It also benefits from not feeling obligated to keep Ford at the center of the action at all times. He spends most of the movie simply reacting to all the explosive shenanigans instigated by the more aggressive forces around him. The film relies so much on cross-cutting…
Solid mid-90s era thriller. Perfect "Dad" movie.
Filmaço de ação com Harrison Ford pela segunda vez vivendo Jack Ryan. A direção de Phillip Noyce é ótima, a história também. As cenas de ação são muito boas. O elenco tá muito bem, com destaque pra Joaquim de Almeida e Wilem Dafoe. Não é um filme excelente, mas é muito bom e consegue uma ótima diversão.
An American fairy tale.
A CIA family man by the name of Jack Ryan comes across a scandal involving high-level politicians. Naturally, said politicians are funding and orchestrating an illegal hidden war with a Colombian drug cartel. As protector of the Constitution, it is up to Jack to Ryan to thwart this corruption, and restore America to the ideals of its forefathers.
The character of Jack Ryan is a little hard to take at first, but I'll be damned if he didn't win me over by the time the credits began to roll. Perhaps a large part of this has to do with that particular enjoyment derived from watching a CIA agent seemingly take on a drug cartel all by…
Segundo filme de Harrison Ford no papel de Jack Ryan e o com mais ação de todos.
O interessante jogo politico-militar que o EUA e a CIA vivem é novamente retratado agora contra um inimigo diferente, o tráfico de drogas.
Harrison Ford leva o personagem novamente e dá expressão à Ryan, seja em ação, nos conflitos políticos, nos momentos cínicos e nos de raiva.
Engraçado é a história retratando claramente o Cartel de Medelin e Pablo Escobar, mas trocando nomes e outras coisas.
Enfim, para quem curte esses problemas políticos e gosta de um pouco de ação é perfeito.
Pretty good movie. Great work by Ford and Dafoe.
Bit on the long side but really solid action thriller. Plot really hooked me when the U.S. started being shady.
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