The Sum of All Fears

2002

Action / Drama / Thriller / War

107
Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Rotten 59%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Spilled 50%
IMDb Rating 6.4 10 92833

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Cast

Ben Affleck as Jack Ryan
Liev Schreiber as John Clark
Morgan Freeman as DCI William Cabot
Bridget Moynahan as Dr. Cathy Muller
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Movie Reviews

Reviewed by cinemajesty 6 / 10

Lurking Through The Official's Office With A Purpose

Movie Review: "The Sum of All Fears" (2002)

Paramount Pictures presents this "war-on-terror" thriller as an event movie for the masses in May 2002, which hardly delivers any suspense in an 115-Minute-Editorial by just ultra-conversative footage-given to editor Neil Travis (1936-2012), where just puzzling scenes get mixed together in order put the Director of the Central Intelligence Agency (DCI) William Cabot, performed with professionalism and picture-carrying convictions by Morgan Freeman, but then due to a miscast Ben Affleck in the role of 30-year-old Jack Ryan, who turns from bureau analyst to his first mission as CIA spy operative, when this flaw-struck adaptation from one of the weaker Tom Clancy novels falls short in order to build Paramount-desired reboot efforts of a Harrison Ford led smash hits from the 1990s with an already-established Ryan in "Patriot Games" (1992) and "Clear and Present Danger" (1994); a circumstance, which brings high-end budget-granting producer Mace Neufeld into poor decision-making with regard to Director Phil Alden Robinson, at age 51, who should have enforce a proper pre-production for actor Ben Affleck, who completely missed action high pitch moment for international audiences to share on, who are just able to turn their heads with two massive scenes of left-out-cold disaster as an attacked aircraft carrier going up in flames, while the CIA-initiated task forces by all-too-depressed playing under-appreciated actor James Cromwell as U.S. American president gives orders without delegating his staff to "Martial Law" proportions, when threats are at its peak at an game-given American Football station in late Tom Clancy's former hometown of Baltimore only to get pushed into safety, when on-screen terror takes its turn to fully-missing character confrontations for Jack Ryan despite a satellite phone call in a mid-air helicopter.

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Reviewed by Jason Reed 5 / 10

I'm almost disappointed, but not quite

Well, if you've read the book and you're expecting a representation of what Clancy wrote, you're going to be disappointed.

Very few details of the film matched the book.

Jack Ryan was nowhere nearly developed as a person as Clancy's book. The reason for most of the actions done by antagonists was completely changed. Even the role of John Clark...

I'm disappointed that the film did not even closely parallel the book - and at the same time, not so much - because the book was long-winded and painfully slow.

Reviewed by NateWatchesCoolMovies 7 / 10

My preferred Ryan film

Surprisingly, The Sum Of All Fears is my favourite film version of Tom Clancy's Jack Ryan novels. Alec Baldwin did a bang up job in the superb Hunt For Red October, Harrison Ford held his in two beyond excellent entries, and we won't speak of the Chris Pine/Keira Knightley snooze-palooza from a few years back. Why then do I gravitate towards this Ben Affleck incarnation? Who knows. Battfleck himself makes an adequate, inquisitive Ryan, on the younger end of the rope and under the guidance of CIA Yoda Morgan Freeman. I think it's the early 00's tone of the film itself though, the whip smart editing, Bourne-style escalation of suspense and terrific ensemble cast, a hallmark among Clancy films. Affleck embodies a younger, inexperienced Ryan whose infamous intuition is just breaching the surface of his character, right on time for a deadly plot to set off a nuclear device on American soil. A German radical (Alan Bates, underplaying evil nicely) with vague ties to a Neo Nazi faction is cooking up a false flag attack against Russia, using a long dormant warhead supplied by arch mercenary Colm Feore. Or at least I think that's the crux of it, these cloak and dagger affairs can get pretty dense on you sometimes. There's a sense of global danger though, a level of stress that ratchets up until even the stoic US President (an explosive James Cromwell) begins to lose it. The Russian President (Ciaran Hinds) gravely tries to sort out the misunderstanding, whilst Clancy staple character John Clark (Liev Schreiber gives Willem Dafoe a run for his money) covertly smokes out conspirators. Unease and tension nestle into the narrative, and when that impending disaster is minutes away during a hectic NFL game, you can feel the suspense in the air. The supporting cast is rich with talent including Michael Byrne, Bruce McGill, Philip Baker Hall, Josef Sommer, Ron Rifkin, Lisa Gay Hamilton and gorgeous Bridget Moynahan as Ryan's fiancé. I've got nothing but love for Red October, Patriot Hames and Clear & Present Danger, but something about this one hit a frequency and resonated with me a little better, coming out on top as the most re-watchable, enjoyable entry.

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