Every film that has ever been nominated for an Academy Award in any category. Enjoy!
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".
Overly long but not without its moments of excitement, the sequel to Patriot Games is a mostly solid thriller but nowhere near as enjoyable as its two predecessors. Noyce covers action well with his expert eye, but it's not enough to make it a blast. Ford was getting a bit stale in these films by this point which is why I didn't care much for his later portrayal as the President in Air Force One. But better that than an adaptation of the final Jack Ryan book 'Executive Orders' (where Ryan becomes President) which was a thousand page bore.
Jack Ryan is a 90's moderate Republican's wet dream. He's got a PHD, and knows his way around politics but can still kick ass in the field. He never has to prove any of his hunches with evidence, and they always turn out to be right once someone else has worked hard to provide him with it. He's played by Han Solo and Indiana Jones, and has a loving wife who dotes upon him and smiles at him like a mother would to her son, whose only intimate interactions occur when he's kissing her goodbye to go to work and when he needs her approval. He's a man of his word and commits to his job for god and country…
No customary shirtless Harrison Ford scene, I'm disappointed.
Nota = 5
Really overlong and boring action movie, I had to play on my phone as I watched it.
So many funerals
I miss the days when adults made movies about adults for adults.
Basically just watched for Joaquim de Almeida.
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