The Sum of All Fears
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||Ben Affleck, Morgan Freeman,
James Cromwell, Liev Schreiber
||Leave them at
home, except maybe the later teens.
||She might get
scared, or wish you were Ben Affleck, but you know you're
better than Ben.
||A scene in a bed
but nothing horrible.
||The bomb explodes.
||Jack Ryan has to
||Freeman ads a
couple of chuckles.
||The bomb exploding
is a little disturbing.
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
The Sum of All Fears
A Movie Review
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!!!