Director: Phil Alden Robinson Starring: Ben Affleck, Morgan Freeman, James Cromwell, Liev Schreiber, Bruce McGill, Phillip Baker Hall, John Beasley, Ciaran Hinds, Alan Bates, Bridget Moynahan
Certificate: 12 Running Time: 124 Minutes
Tagline: "27,000 Nuclear Weapons. One Is Missing."
Terrorism thrillers have certainly been around for a long time now, since the debut of a certain James Bond at least, but a majority of them have always seemed to adhere to the same sort of template. This one is a bit different. It was adapted from the Tom Clancey novel of the same name and is part of the convoluted 'Jack Ryan' series that has a rather confusing timeline anyway, nevermind when you take the films into consideration, each of which has changed various details. We'll just concentrate on the films for now though which began with first The Hunt For Red October (with Alec Baldin as Ryan), then Patriot Games and Clear and Present Danger (both of which starred Harrison Ford in the main role). For this film the part was handed to Affleck and, unlike the novel, is set early in his CIA career when he was a mere analyst.
|Ryan and Cabot meet the new Russian President...|
|A glum-looking President Fowler and Cabot...|
|Ryan and Clark go over their 'recce' plan...|
|Eeek! That's not a fire engine!|
|Good Will Hunting is NOT my only good film! Grrr!|
RKS Score: 9/10