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The Sum of All Fears
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Starring: Ben Affleck, Morgan Freeman, James Cromwell, Liev Schreiber
MPAA Rated: PG-13
Released By: Paramount Pictures
Kiddie Movie: Leave them at home, except maybe the later teens.
Date Movie: She might get scared, or wish you were Ben Affleck, but you know you're better than Ben.
Gratuitous Sex: A scene in a bed but nothing horrible.
Gratuitous Violence: The bomb explodes.  That's enough.
Action: Jack Ryan has to chase people.
Laughs: Freeman ads a couple of chuckles.
Memorable Scene: The bomb exploding is a little disturbing.
Memorable Quote: None.
Directed By: Phil Alden Robinson
Produced By: Mace Neufeld

The Sum of All Fears
A Movie Review

MPAA Rated - PG-13

It's 1:59 Long

A Review by
The Dude on the Right
I know Ben Affleck is supposed to be playing Jack Ryan at the beginning of his CIA career, before he is innocent and scared yet confident in his thoughts and strong on his fighting in "The Hunt for Red October," (played by Alec Baldwin) and much before his able to kick ass and able to see a double-cross from a million miles away in the "Patriot Games" and "Clear and Present Danger" days (played by Harrison Ford), but in the end, I just donít think Ben Affleck comes across well as that guy. He just doesnít come across as a guy who came out of the Marines only because of a back injury, or something like that.

Here we goÖ

Itís a scary time for the United States. The Soviet Unionís leader has just died and Jack Ryan seems to be the only guy who kinda knows about the new leader because he did a report on him (Ryan has seemed to have written a lot of reports on Russian soldiers). William Cabot (Morgan Freeman), the high dude in the CIA, needs to go to The Soviet Union to check on the nuclear weapons decommissioning, and he brings along Ryan. Ryan notices some Russian scientists are missing, Cabot enlists his buddy to find out where they went, and both start to figure that someone is trying to make a nuclear weapon to detonate on US soil. Blah, blah, blah, the bomb goes off, but the President is safe, except the Nazis, those responsible for the explosion, have set off a pretty good plan for the Americans and Russians to blow the shit out of each other. Ryan figures out the plan, but now he must convince the President of Russia and the US that neither are really at fault for the destruction has just come about.

Morgan Freeman is great as the CIA guy, happily overshadowing the image of Ben Affleck. Sadly Freeman isnít there in the end to keep things from turning into a "give me a break" story, but thatís what it turns in to. James Cromwell does a decent job as President Fowler, up until he loses his cool and common sense, and the acting by his advisors show that sometimes it can really suck to be the President Ė almost too much information without substantiation being given at one time, but such can be a high level position.

You can say this movie is kind of scary since September 11th, but who didnít wonder about this happening before Ė itís always been a horrific possibility, but all this crap about how Hollywood is insensitive to the feelings of the citizens sucks. The movie is alright, Iíd give it 3 Ĺ stars out of 5. You will, hopefully, get a smattering of fear when the bomb goes off, but youíll probably just hope whoever might be President if something like this ever happens has a leveler head than the movie President, or at least better advisors, or maybe a Jack Ryan like Alec Baldwin or Harrison Ford rather than Ben Affleck.

Thatís it for this one! Iím The Dude on the Right!! L8R!!!

 

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