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The Sum of All Fears (Special Collector's Edition) (2002)

Ben Affleck , Morgan Freeman , Phil Alden Robinson  |  PG-13 |  DVD
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  • Actors: Ben Affleck, Morgan Freeman, Ian Mongrain, Russell Bobbitt, James Cromwell
  • Directors: Phil Alden Robinson
  • Writers: Tom Clancy, Daniel Pyne, Paul Attanasio
  • Producers: Mace Neufeld, Stratton Leopold, Tom Clancy
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English, French
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Paramount
  • DVD Release Date: October 29, 2002
  • Run Time: 124 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (879 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005JL8F
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #22,513 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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Ben Affleck, Morgan Freeman, James Cromwell. Rookie CIA agent Jack Ryan returns to find a stolen nuclear bomb before it's too late in this thrilling tale of suspense and intrigue based on Tom Clancy's novel. 2002/color/123 min/PG-13/widescreen.

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55 of 63 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars It's a *movie* folks... June 19, 2002
I've read Clancy (but not this one) and I've seen all the "Clancy" movies many times. My wife drives me nuts by saying, "that wouldn't happen..." so I understand all you who try to analyze the plot for theoretical accuracy. But.... this is a work of entertainment based on fictional accounts of political conflict. Did it entertain? Absolutely. Did Affleck portray Jack Ryan the way Clancy wrote him? Of course. Are the plot points of the movie plausible? Well, maybe, but - that's the point of Clancy. In case you didn't notice, Tom Clancy was executive producer of this film so he certainly had considerable input. Yeah, they changed the chronology of Jack Ryan. Whooppee! That makes Debt of Honor and Executive Orders completely future potential for Ben Affleck as Ryan considering they can now do Cardinal of the Kremlin which they couldn't have done with Harrison Ford. Hmmmm, do we want to see more Clancy movies? Yes!
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59 of 72 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun and suspenseful April 26, 2002
I'm a hard-core Tom Clancy fan and was surprised to see how much this latest film adaptation wandered from the book, but it was still very entertaining. The latest incarnation of Jack Ryan is very young and inexperienced. The film seems to pretend the other Jack Ryan adventures haven't happened. Jack is new with the CIA and doesn't know the ropes the way he does in the book. He isn't even married yet. Morgan Freeman is wonderful as his boss (no surprise there) and the relationship between them is the best part of the film.
I'm no expert, but there seemed to be some technical flaws which required that the viewer suspend their skepticism. (Would cell phones continue to work when your local area has been hit by a nuke?) Still a worthy addition to the series. Clancy's readers will have to be especially open-minded though.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Faulty acting can't quite undermine terrifying tale June 19, 2002
There is a scene early in "The Sum of All Fears" where Morgan Freeman's character, Bill Cabot (deputy CIA director), tells Ben Affleck's Jack Ryan (now, a young CIA turk) to "pay attention, because you are about to breath air that's way over your pay grade". Freeman could very well have been speaking to Affleck in a real-life conversation in reference to acting. Freeman's mere presence runs circles around Affleck's attempts to act. Unfortunately, that is one negatives that prevents "Sum..." from being more of a landmark movie. I struggled with the decision over whether to give this movie 3 or 4 star. In the end, the acting deficiencies by some of main characters and some of the too-convenient plot devices, caused me to settle on 3 stars.
While Affleck's acting left something to be desired, I can't be totally critical of his performance. He really did try. He put forth as workman-like an effort as anyone could hope for. He just simply does not have the talent or presence to fill the formidable shoes of an action hero like Jack Ryan. Action hero roles are proving to be a difficult type of acting. Add to that the premise of this movie, a nuclear attack on Baltimore followed by mounting tensions between the U.S. and Russia in its aftermath, and you have a tall order for any actor to fill. The true acting disaster in this movie belongs to Bridget Moynahan who plays his girl friend (soon-to-be wife) Cathy Muller. Moynahan's most notable previous work was as one of the dancing waitresses in "Coyote Ugly", not exactly a stellar pedigree. Maybe in time she will improve as an actress, but in "Sum of All Fears", Moynahan shows absolutely no acting or emotional range.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not really following the story March 14, 2003
If you have not read the book ,then this review will not really pertain to you. This movie followed the book in only one sense. A nuclear bomb went off. It wasn't even in the right city. Jack Ryan isn't a rookie in the book, he the Deputy Director. Tom, the book was good, you didn't really need to change it. You lost a lot of plot twists like the reports of missing nukes and the whole affair thing. The lack of all of this really messed up on the story in the book. Just a note if you have read the book, haven't seen the movie, and don't want to be disapointed.
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25 of 33 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars The fears of all post-9/11 filmmakers. November 26, 2002
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Deeply compromised adaptation of the Tom Clancy potboiler. Director Phil Alden Robinson and his cadre of screenwriters tippy-toe around, about, but never directly on, the subject of mass murder by terrorists. The immediate point of comparison to 9/11 in this film would be the small nuclear bomb that presumably obliterates the city of Baltimore, MD. I say "presumably" because we're of course not permitted to see the results of the devastation: Robinson & Co., by the use of very heavy editing, attempt to spare us from associating their fictional event to the real event that occurred a year ago. (Well, some windows are blown out, and a small, rather pretty computer-animated mushroom cloud is perceived for a split-second, indicating the city may not be completely wiped-out, after all.) Indeed, by film's end, it's as if the blast never occurred: in the last scene, Ben Affleck and his pretty wife are having lunch in the park. The End. One wonders why the film studio simply didn't scrap this whole project and eat the loss, if they were so fearful of the movie's subject-matter. Why go to the trouble of making a movie about a catastrophic event if you're not even going to play that event for dramatic value? Of course, the supreme irony is that the fearful filmmakers, who shot this movie before 9/11, changed the Muslim villains of Clancy's story to a cabal of Neo-Nazis, in order to avoid accusations of insensitivity from the Arab-American community. (If what I've heard is true. I've never read the book, myself. If the book doesn't feature Arab terrorists, I stand humbly corrected.) I give *The Sum of All Fears* a 2nd star primarily for the excellent supporting actors (Morgan Freeman, a delightfully smooth Liev Schreiber, James Cromwell, Philip Baker Hall, et al. Read more ›
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