Friday, November 1, 2013

THE SUM OF ALL FEARS (2002)

Completely disregarding the other three Jack Ryan films, THE SUM OF ALL FEARS casts Ben Affleck as a young CIA analyst who is an expert on a a little known Russian figure (Ciaran Hinds) who is suddenly announced as the new Russian president after the old one unexpectedly kicks the bucket.  Because of this Ryan is summoned by the CIA Director Morgan Freeman.  At the same time an old nuclear bomb gets into the hands of the Nazis.  Yeah, the Nazis.  Anyway, tensions rise between America and Russia so it's up to Jack Ryan to save the day.

I really enjoyed the first three Jack Ryan films, but TSOAF was pretty lame.  Not only was Affleck unable to fill the screen character created by Alec Baldwin and perfected by Harrison Ford, but the story was just boring!  Yeah, there's a few explosions and a gun or two fired, but overall TSOAF is a snoozer.  Blah, blah, blah, bomb missing, yelling and posturing, helicopter crashing, fast typing...I don't know, the supporting cast (all except Ryan's girlfriend) were really good, but the direction was so bland and the story so played out that there was zero tension.  It made money at the box office, but it's easy to see why this reboot failed to garner any sequels.   

Part 1 - The Hunt for Red October
Part 2 - Patriot Games
Part 3 - Clear and Present Danger
Reboot 2 - Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit