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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: 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: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (671 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005JL8F
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #24,050 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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48 of 53 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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58 of 70 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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21 of 25 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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17 of 20 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Butchering a Good Book January 29, 2003
Evidently some of us take our Clancy straight. While this movie isn't bad in it's own light, it's such a complete departure from the book, it loses all connection for those of us who know and are friends of Clancy's many characters. Altering the Middle east attackers to Neo-Nazis completely changes the tone of the movie as well as throwing a bone to the PC element. Changing Ryan to a young punk - new to the organization and untried - also significantly changes the complexion of the movie, and not for the better. The character playing John Clark should be put in the penalty box for the next couple of years - his portrayal of Clark and Clark's method simply doesn't work and is a betrayal to the character Clancy created.
Simply put, this movie had so little to do with the EXCELLENT story written by Clancy, it seems unfair to advertise it as the same story.
For all that, Afleck did a good job (though Harrison is a HARD act to follow.) As always, Cromwell played his role with style and grace, I've yet to see him in any role where he did not excel.
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21 of 26 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars This film was an immense disappointment! September 26, 2003
So there I am on the couch, the DVD is loaded, the snacks are within reach, the opening credits are playing, and then... one of the worst movies I have ever seen spins out before me!
I have been a Clancy fan since the beginning. I have read every book, seen every movie, and I will willingly admit that I have often been a bit soft when reviewing Tom Clancy's work because I genuinely like the guy's stories and what he has to say in them. I actually LOVED this book, so when I saw that Clancy himself was the executive producer of the film I thought great, he'll make it true to form. I was so wrong.
Instead of angry militant middle-eastern fanatics discovering the means to construct a nuclear bomb (very scary and believable), he/they changed it to a secret international "society" of neo-Nazis (not very believable) constructing a bomb to start a nuclear war between the U.S. and Russia. In the book, the motives of the bad guys were clear. In the movie we barely are aware of who the bad guys really are. In the book, the bad guys own stupidity leads to a nuclear device which doesn't properly function, in the movie we see a full-blown, successful nuclear detonation. And speaking of said detonation, anybody over the age of 25 who remembers the cold war can only wonder why the movie never mentions radiation fallout from a bomb that detonated in a packed football stadium less than an hour from Washington D.C. The closing scene shows Ben Affleck's character lounging on the grass within sight of the White House, presumably only a short time after the nuclear explosion!?!?
Speaking of Ben Affleck, I really like the guy and most of the roles he has played but he is monumentally unconvincing as Jack Ryan.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun political/disaster thriller
Fun to watch. Reasonably plausible plotline. Suspenseful. Affleck was okay, not great. Get a big bowl of popcorn and watch.
Published 1 day ago by S. Owens
5.0 out of 5 stars Good movie
Good movie, good story, I enjoyed it. Free is always good, quality was good. I've seen the movie more than once, still as good as ever.
Published 4 days ago by KSST
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable Movie
I had seen this movie before on TV but it's worth seeing again. I enjoyed the story as well as the actors
Published 4 days ago by Luke's Mom
5.0 out of 5 stars Definitely a 5 star rarting.
This movie kept me on the edge of my seat the whole time. I would recommend it to anyone that likes this type of movie.
Published 5 days ago by Donald P Gauthier
5.0 out of 5 stars Great intense movie
This movie was very intense. Some scenes skip along almost too quickly leaving you to catch up, but very interesting movie.
Published 5 days ago by Mike222528
5.0 out of 5 stars Politically relevant... then and now!
...One of my favorite movies; however, I am not a Tom Clancy reader. I've always believed a movie cannot live up to a novel- it is a different form of medium, and the human... Read more
Published 7 days ago by Kristofer Sandlund
4.0 out of 5 stars Worth the Watch
The story was OK, but the stars made this film worth watching. The HD and sound separation added to the movie.
Published 8 days ago by Barbara Brown
4.0 out of 5 stars Good movie
This was a good movie but did not follow the book very close and would have been better if it had.
Published 9 days ago by M. J. Murray
4.0 out of 5 stars The last of the original Jack Ryan series
Jack Ryan is a CIA Analyst, not an operative. This movie keeps with that theme and is the last made that does.
Published 9 days ago by Logan
4.0 out of 5 stars Good movie
I had seen this movie years ago and liked it. I just re-watched it once more and still found it entertaining.
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