The war of drugs would lead him to the war of power.
CIA Analyst Jack Ryan is drawn into an illegal war fought by the US government against a Colombian drug cartel.
CIA Analyst Jack Ryan is drawn into an illegal war fought by the US government against a Colombian drug cartel.
Harrison Ford Willem Dafoe Anne Archer Joaquim de Almeida Henry Czerny Harris Yulin Donald Moffat Miguel Sandoval Benjamin Bratt Raymond Cruz Dean Jones Thora Birch Ann Magnuson Hope Lange Tom Tammi James Earl Jones Ted Raimi Greg Germann Tim Grimm Belita Moreno Jorge Luke Jared Chandler Ellen Geer Vondie Curtis-Hall John Lafayette Beau Lotterman Rex Linn Ken Howard Alexander Lester Show All…
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A Sunday afternoon classic. Felt weird watching this not on TNT or AMC, but it's still quite the thrill. Highlights aren't just the traditional action moments, like a crazy convoy ambush, but also the scene where Harrison Ford is attempting to print the receipts before it's all deleted off the hacked computer. Wish there were a couple more of these Phillip Noyce/Tom Clancy cable staples, because they're perfect for a lazy day.
perfectly simulates the feeling of visiting your grandpa and getting to pick a movie from his VHS stack. pure comfort food
This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.
While some of the action sequences are utterly ludicrous, this is a good deal smarter and far less jingoistic than I remembered or expected. The film’s true villains aren’t the drug kingpins who set the plot in motion; they’re the image-conscious, war-hungry bureaucrats in the Department of Defense who instigate an unauthorized war in Colombia, along with the President of the United States who tacitly authorizes the scheme. If the past few years have taught us nothing else, it’s that an ending where a morally-righteous crusader tells the truth and brings about some kind of sea change in government is pure fiction. Still, the cynical view of the military-industrial complex here is like something out of a paranoid 70s thriller rather than a stolid ’90s blockbuster, and that’s not nothing.
Patriot Games really suffers by comparison to this much better sequel. They get rid of almost all of the Ryan family dynamics and bring on Milius to punch up the screenplay about the CIA's secret war on a Colombian cartel, yes please. Milius really brings Clancy's fetishism of American military hardware to the fore, especially in the scene where they drop a "cellulose encased laser guided bomb" on a cartel compound. Also the scene where the FBI director, his SUV convoy, and like 20 agents get owned with RPGs in a Bogota alley is still so hard.
The "bad guys" on both the Colombian and American sides have realistic motivations, unlike in Patriot Games where they are just dumb micks…
Awkwardly dated but the square-jawed righteousness I remembered is kind of a smokescreen, as this makes hegemonic analogs of the U.S. government and its self-righteous stupid President, and a drug cartel and its vengeful, fearless kingpin. It even goes so far as to suggest a sort of mutually beneficial economic relationship between the two, how crazy.
Also the killbox sequence here is probably the highlight of Noyce's highly over-appreciated career, but on the other hand it never should have happened because everyone's OpSec is just terrible. You got people making all kinds of unsecured phone calls and forging documents on personal computers, you got millions of dollars in illicit narcotraffic thoroughly documented on a single floppy disk, you got security guys not spotting simple tails or ignoring basic tactical rules like "look up and see the 10 snipers on the roof" or "have alternate routes."
One of the most underrated political thrillers of the 90's, Clear and Present Danger is to my mind the strongest adaptation of Tom Clancy's novels to feature the thinking man's hero, Jack Ryan. Harrison Ford, still nominally the most recognisable figure of the four men to play the role, picks up the part for a second time and as with Philip Noyce's earlier adaptation, Patriot Games, imbues the whole production with that earnest sense of all-American everyman charm few other actors can portray. Doubtless in these days of up-tempo action and big budget thrills, Noyce's piece could feel somewhat tame in comparison as Clancy's narrative about corruption in the White House linked to Colombian drug cartels involved, but he skillfully…
The last honest man in Washington—watch your back, Jack.
“These drug cartels represent a clear and present danger to the national security of the United States.”
They did it! They said it! And it only took 9 minutes for someone to do so. I just love it when a movie’s title is so blatantly shoehorned into a script like this.
This was pretty much on a par with Patriot Games for me, though I think this one deserves greater credit for having a story that seems a little more grounded in topical issues—namely the drug trafficking operations of the Columbian cartels, and the murky world of political corruption and subterfuge that surrounds them. Despite having a narrative that is pure fiction, that drastically oversimplifies its subject matter, it’s nonetheless…
Most actors are lucky to be remembered for more than one character they portray throughout their careers. Harrison Ford has three iconic characters that will live forever in cinema history, Han Solo, Indiana Jones, and to a lesser extent his version of CIA agent Jack Ryan, a character who has now featured in five different movies.
Clear and Present Danger was Ford's second bow as Ryan. More complicated than 92's Patriot Games, Phillip Noyce's drug cartel thriller based on Tom Clancy's superior novel has another impressive cast, complex plot, and thrilling action sequences that back up a fine script and even finer performances from Ford, Dafoe, and the always reliable James Earl Jones. Corruption at the highest level, Presidential ties…
Interestingly, Ebert disliked the slam-bang ending of Patriot Games, but praised the slam-bang ending of Clear and Present Danger. If nothing else, this is just proof that movie criticism often just comes down to the mood one is in when they watch something. Excruciatingly paced at times, and definitely overlong for what it’s trying to do, Clear and Present Danger is still a fine political thriller. Harrison Ford is always immensely watchable. He owns the role of Jack Ryan once again, and he’s definitely the best thing about the movie. Willem Dafoe is really the only other memorable actor here, in an idiosyncratic mercenary veteran guy who remains one of the film’s most interesting characters throughout the affair. As for…
"Soldier, how did you get that close to me?"
"Sniper approached instructor by being a sneaky bastard, Sergeant Major!"
Of the four Jack Ryan films I've seen (The Sum of All Fears is the last) this was definitely the best. It finally seems to nail the character down and creates an effectively characterized nation in which to place him. He's like the desk job version of Captain America: he works for the country but prioritizes truth over patriotism. This conflict structure works well because it pits the ideal America against the reality, and although the movie never delves too deeply into the politics of nationalism it does enough to satisfy in an action thriller like this.
The film has also…
Tom Clancy's Jack Ryan books have certainly given filmmakers plenty of material to base films around. Clancy penned 15 of them apparently, but alas we've only had 5 cinematic turns for his favourite ex-marine turned CIA analyst/field officer. The films haven't seen Ryan follow the same path as his literary persona, he's been in the field stopping nuclear Armageddon, twice, averting an attack on the Minister of State for Northern Ireland, and also having to put up with some great actors using terrible Russian accents. Big Sean didn't even try as Captain Ramius, Kenneth Branagh thought he was Sergei from the Compare the Market adverts, and even Ciaran Hinds, as good an actor as he is, sounded distinctly un-Ruskie-like. In…
You simply must give it up for a movie that is loaded with Guys.
A bonanza of movie fellas.
I don't have a lot to say about this film, but I will say that it was a good movie. It has a lot of amazing actors in it that made it realistic, including Harrison Ford, James Earl Jones, Willem Dafoe, and more. I wish James Earl Jone's character was more involved with the story because I really him as an actor, but I can't see where he would fit in as a main character so I guess it is fine. Considering how much of an action movie star Harrison Ford is, I was expecting more action, but what I got was still enjoyable and when there was action it was great, and really exciting. I didn't really like…
Indiana Jones and the Corrupt Government
While the 'Jack Ryan' films are not my thing, they are still good films. In the case for 'Clear and Present Danger', it still carries the talented performances (particically Harrison Ford and James Earl Jones), the exciting action scenes, James Horner's score, and some entertaining moments. It doesn't feel timeless as 'The Hunt for Red October' in terms of atmosphere and tone, but the premise has more substance than 'Patriot Games'. A recommendation.
It took me an hour into this movie to realize I had seen it already, so that should tell you how outstanding it in. If you think office arguments is your kind of espionage, then this ones for you. It’s convoluted. It’s confusing at times. Most of all I just wish it was the Ford/Dafoe buddy cop movie we’ve all been waiting for. Very down the middle.
I don’t know if my dad would have called Clear and Present Danger his favorite film, but it is the one I saw him watch the most, and I can still hear him laughing at a few of the jokes (today it was the “You got any time in this type?” “Yeah it’s 9am” exchange between Jack Ryan and the untrustworthy helicopter pilot). Even though the cat-and-mouse submarine game of The Hunt for Red October is tighter than the comparatively sprawling Colombian drug war plot, Harrison Ford’s sheepish-yet-steadfastly-moral take on the character carries more Dad Vibes than Alec Baldwin’s try-hard angle. CAPD balances the action scenes and the political maneuvering quite well, the cast is uniformly excellent (Willem Dafoe, Raymond…
Kaum was gerafft, viel unnötiges BlaBla wie bei so Serie. Am Ende kämpften alle in so Dschungel, es war aber nicht Vietnam.
A considerable step-up from Patriot Games but still hampered by the fact that Harrison Ford seems to be sleepwalking through the first two thirds of this political thriller. Honestly, for someone who (apparently) aggressively campaigned for the role he certainly does a great job of looking like he doesn't give a shit.
All of the underhanded, greyscale spy craft stuff is great, and the final reel team-up between Ford and Dafoe is most welcome. I love the fact that the judge from Ghostbusters II, the head of IMF and that bloke from The Thing are just a dastardly bunch of duplicitous geezers. Frankly, I could've done with more of their sneer and less RPGs in Bogota.
While I'll never watch…
Having a watch through of the Jack Ryan series and didn’t enjoy this anywhere near as much as the first two. Patriot Games was really good and Hunt For The Red October a really suspenseful opening to the series.
This one fell short for me after two stronger movies.
Final Tom Clancy film I hadn't seen. Better than Patriot Games but that's not that high praise. Harrison Ford was good and Willem Dafoe was a solid John Clark but no way this should have been 2hrs and 20min.
Tries to be a conspiracy thriller and an action thriller but doesn't do enough of either to succeed.
Never realized how much Henry Czerny looks like evil Chris Hayes
Of all the movies I’ve seen, that was one of them. This might’ve been the first time I stayed awake through the end.
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