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The Sum of All Fears

  • Drama
  • 2002
  • Phil Alden Robinson
  • 118 mins
  • 12

Summary

The CIA becomes suspicious of Russia's nuclear activities, and agent Jack Ryan is ordered to investigate. However, it is not long before the threat of terrorists detonating a nuclear bomb on American soil is on the cards, sparking a race against the clock to avert disaster. Thriller based on Tom Clancy's novel, starring Ben Affleck, Morgan Freeman, James Cromwell, Liev Schreiber, Bridget Moynahan and Alan Bates.

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Review

Rating: 3 out of 5.

This absorbing adaptation of a typically intricate Tom Clancy novel takes a couple of big gambles. The first is replacing Harrison Ford as CIA analyst Jack Ryan with Ben Affleck, who's 30 years younger - the story has been re-written to accommodate a less savvy, lower-ranking hero. The other is a shocking act of international terrorism that takes place around the halfway mark and transforms the film from a thinking person's thriller into a contemporary version of Sidney Lumet's doom-laden Fail-Safe. Unexpectedly, perhaps, the appealing Affleck and director Phil Alden Robinson (Field of Dreams, Sneakers) pull it off, with the help of a superior supporting cast that includes Morgan Freeman and James Cromwell, as well as the disturbing post-11 September credibility of the terrorist scenario. Only Alan Bates rings a false note as the one-dimensional villain, but the intelligent twists and taut pacing ensure entertaining, albeit occasionally uncomfortable, viewing.

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Credits

Cast

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Jack RyanBen Affleck
DCI William CabotMorgan Freeman
President FowlerJames Cromwell
John ClarkLiev Schreiber
Dr Cathy MullerBridget Moynahan
Richard DresslerAlan Bates
President NemerovCiaran Hinds
Defense Secretary BeckerPhilip Baker Hall
Secretary of State OwensRon Rifkin
National Security Advisor RevellBruce McGill
OlsonColm Feore
Senator JessupJosef Sommer
Anatoli GrushkovMichael Byrne
HaftSven-Ole Thorsen
President ZorkinRichard Marner

Crew

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DirectorPhil Alden Robinson

Details

Theatrical distributor
UIP
Released on
2002-08-16
Language
English
Guidance
Swearing.
Available on
video and DVD
Formats
Colour
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