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.
CIA Analyst Jack Ryan is drawn into an illegal war fought by the US government against a Colombian drug cartel.
Harrison Ford Willem Dafoe Anne Archer Joaquim de Almeida Henry Czerny Harris Yulin Donald Moffat Miguel Sandoval Benjamin Bratt Raymond Cruz Dean Jones Thora Birch Ann Magnuson Hope Lange Tom Tammi James Earl Jones Ted Raimi Greg Germann Tim Grimm Belita Moreno Jorge Luke Jared Chandler Ellen Geer Vondie Curtis-Hall John Lafayette Beau Lotterman Rex Linn Ken Howard Alexander Lester Show All…
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A Sunday afternoon classic. Felt weird watching this not on TNT or AMC, but it's still quite the thrill. Highlights aren't just the traditional action moments, like a crazy convoy ambush, but also the scene where Harrison Ford is attempting to print the receipts before it's all deleted off the hacked computer. Wish there were a couple more of these Phillip Noyce/Tom Clancy cable staples, because they're perfect for a lazy day.
perfectly simulates the feeling of visiting your grandpa and getting to pick a movie from his VHS stack. pure comfort food
This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.
While some of the action sequences are utterly ludicrous, this is a good deal smarter and far less jingoistic than I remembered or expected. The film’s true villains aren’t the drug kingpins who set the plot in motion; they’re the image-conscious, war-hungry bureaucrats in the Department of Defense who instigate an unauthorized war in Colombia, along with the President of the United States who tacitly authorizes the scheme. If the past few years have taught us nothing else, it’s that an ending where a morally-righteous crusader tells the truth and brings about some kind of sea change in government is pure fiction. Still, the cynical view of the military-industrial complex here is like something out of a paranoid 70s thriller rather than a stolid ’90s blockbuster, and that’s not nothing.
Patriot Games really suffers by comparison to this much better sequel. They get rid of almost all of the Ryan family dynamics and bring on Milius to punch up the screenplay about the CIA's secret war on a Colombian cartel, yes please. Milius really brings Clancy's fetishism of American military hardware to the fore, especially in the scene where they drop a "cellulose encased laser guided bomb" on a cartel compound. Also the scene where the FBI director, his SUV convoy, and like 20 agents get owned with RPGs in a Bogota alley is still so hard.
The "bad guys" on both the Colombian and American sides have realistic motivations, unlike in Patriot Games where they are just dumb micks…
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, how crazy.
Also the killbox sequence here is probably the highlight of Noyce's highly over-appreciated 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."
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…
The last honest man in Washington—watch your back, Jack.
“These drug cartels represent a clear and present danger to the national security of the United States.”
They did it! They said it! And it only took 9 minutes for someone to do so. I just love it when a movie’s title is so blatantly shoehorned into a script like this.
This was pretty much on a par with Patriot Games for me, though I think this one deserves greater credit for having a story that seems a little more grounded in topical issues—namely the drug trafficking operations of the Columbian cartels, and the murky world of political corruption and subterfuge that surrounds them. Despite having a narrative that is pure fiction, that drastically oversimplifies its subject matter, it’s nonetheless…
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…
Interestingly, Ebert disliked the slam-bang ending of Patriot Games, but praised the slam-bang ending of Clear and Present Danger. If nothing else, this is just proof that movie criticism often just comes down to the mood one is in when they watch something. Excruciatingly paced at times, and definitely overlong for what it’s trying to do, Clear and Present Danger is still a fine political thriller. Harrison Ford is always immensely watchable. He owns the role of Jack Ryan once again, and he’s definitely the best thing about the movie. Willem Dafoe is really the only other memorable actor here, in an idiosyncratic mercenary veteran guy who remains one of the film’s most interesting characters throughout the affair. As for…
With the exception of Hunt for Red October I’ve had a Jack Ryan sized hole in my watch-ography for years —that ends today!
I really enjoyed this tense and intricate politico-spy thriller. It was difficult to follow all the plot lines first time around, but I enjoy movies that are just slightly outside my comprehension. It gives them a layer of mystery and sophistication I can unravel over multiple rewatches...and there will be rewatches!
"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…
Harrison ford is a G
annoying how james horner just repeats himself. i am emotionally attached to the score from Alien, you cannot just throw it around like the wilhelm scream, dude!
The movie works, but just barely. The cheesy/lame script is not doing it any favors, and you can see the seams in some of the action scenes. Harrison Ford and the dueling computers scene makes it though. Great stuff.
This is, for the most part, your typical spy action thriller, and I will say up front that this is NOT my genre -- lots and lots of pieces, lots and lots of gun fights, lots and lots of names being thrown around and characters switching sides, none of which would be difficult to track if I cared, but I usually don't. It does delve into some interesting themes near the end about government overreach and abuse of power, but those are definitely meant to take a back seat to the action sequences. Harrison Ford is great here -- he so often gets to play tough and jaded characters in action films, but here he brings a refreshing amount of…
Zwar sind die Ränkespiele im politischen Washington recht interessant und Harrison Ford ist ein besserer Jack Ryan als sein Vorgänger Alec Baldwin, aber sowohl das Drehbuch, das offensichtliche Schwächen aufweist, als auch die klischeehaften Kartell- und Kolumbien-Darstellungen zerstören das Bild vom gelungenen Verschwörungsthriller.
A solid thriller that also works as an unintentional comedy through its flabbergasted-boy-scout view of the US launching an illegal war in a foreign country. Still a better depiction of American empire than you'll find in most movies, but, like, what exactly did Jack Ryan think the CIA does
I'm realizing that I like a lot of plot in my Jack Ryans. What I enjoy most about The Sum of All Fears & Clear and Present Danger is there's this whole other story going on that Jack Ryan kind of unknowingly wades into. Kind of noir-adjacent. The plot feels kind of overwhelming, until Ryan himself can get his head/hands around it.
I'm really torn between rating this 3.5 or 4 stars, because the first hour of Clear and Present Danger is A LOT of table setting. It's not boring per say, but Ford's Ryan is barely in it (which didn't bother me, but I understand could upset some people coming to see a Harrison Ford movie). But because of all…
Classic CIA action flick, highly enjoyable, not too distressing. All around good experience.
Ford's Jack Ryan opus. It's long and slow and absolutely riveting. And with one of the most perfect mid-management blackhats of all time. I can't think of anyone who portrays starchy, bureaucratic menace better than Henry Czerny.
I think movies like this are essential again. Cynical thrillers that acknowledge the moral sewer our government has become while still extolling the virtues of... well... virtuousness.
I love this movie.
Needed to watch the best Tom Clancy film after watching Without Remorse . This film subtly f@@ks.
First, Jack Ryan doesn't need to be an action star here. This is what went wrong with the awful Chris Pine version . He just needs to be the smartest guy in the room, and isn't even happy or proud about it.
Second, fill the room with important characters Ryan needs to work with to succeed. That's John Clark, played perfectly by Willem Dafoe. Now add in a James Earl Jones, Greer, and sprinkle in a little Ding Chavez, and that's a team that can get things done.
Yeh Henry Czerny as Bob Ritter is a little bit of a type cast, as…
sometimes you're just in a mood only harrison ford can assuage. and i've seen witness too many times.
anyways this is pretty boring by today's standards.
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