The Sum of All FearsDirector: Phil Alden Robinson
The successful franchise of Paramount motion pictures based on novelist Tom Clancy's techno-thrillers featuring heroic CIA intelligence analyst Jack Ryan stages a much-publicized "do-over" with this action-adventure that recasts the character of Ryan as a rookie to the complex game of geopolitical warfare. Ben Affleck takes the reins from Harrison Ford as Ryan, a greenhorn CIA historian and analyst who finds himself thrust front and center into the spy community's spotlight when Nemerov (Ciaran Hinds), a Russian politician on whom Ryan is an expert, suddenly becomes the leader of the former Soviet Union upon the current president's unexpected demise. Attached to the director of the CIA, Cabot (Morgan Freeman), Ryan insists -- contrary to the opinions of many high-ranking White House officials -- that Nemerov is not a warmonger. Meanwhile, a cadre of neo-fascists, led by Dressler (Alan Bates), plots the detonation at the Super Bowl in Baltimore, MD, of a nuclear device recovered from a long-ago Israeli fighter jet crash, a terrorist incident they intend to spark a war between the super powers, leaving them to conquer the world in the conflict's post-apocalyptic vacuum. The Sum of All Fears co-stars James Cromwell, Bridget Moynahan, and Liev Schreiber as covert operative John Clark, a character central to another series of Clancy's best-selling tomes.
Director Phil Alden Robinson and his writers, Paul Attanasio and Daniel Pyne, do a spellbinding job of cranking up the tension. Roger Ebert
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Cast & Crew
|Ben Affleck||Jack Ryan|
|Morgan Freeman||William Cabot|
|James Cromwell||President Fowler|
|Liev Schreiber||John Clark|
|Alan Bates||Richard Dressler|
|Philip Baker Hall||Defense Secretary Becker|
|Ron Rifkin||Secretary of State Owens|
|Bruce McGill||National Security Advisor Revell|
|Ciarán Hinds||President Nemerov|
|Bridget Moynahan||Dr. Cathy Muller|
|Josef Sommer||Senator Jessup|
|Ken Jenkins||Admiral Pollack|
|Michael Byrne||Anatoli Grushkov|
|John Beasley||General Lasseter|
|Sven Ole Thorsen||Haft|
|Phil Alden Robinson||Director|
|Cindy Carr||Set Decoration/Design|
|Tom Clancy||Executive Producer,Source Author|
|Nicolas de Toth||Editor|
|Marie-Sylvie Deveau||Costumes/Costume Designer|
|Martin Gendron||Art Director|
|Jerry Goldsmith||Score Composer|
|Isabelle Guay||Art Director|
|Claude Lafrance||Set Decoration/Design|
|Michele Laliberte||Art Director|
|Celine Lampron||Set Decoration/Design|
|Raynald Langelier||Set Decoration/Design|
|Jean-Pierre Lavoie||Set Decoration/Design|
|Stratton Leopold||Executive Producer|
|Andrew Neskoromny||Art Director|
|Jeannine Oppewall||Production Designer|
|Claude Pare||Art Director|
|Michael J. Payne||Sound/Sound Designer|
|Charlotte Rouleau||Set Decoration/Design|
|Patrick Rousseau||Sound/Sound Designer|
|David Sardi||Asst. Director|
|Al di Sarro||Special Effects Supervisor|
|Rick Shean||Set Decoration/Design|
|Tom Walston||Sound/Sound Designer|
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I am a fan of the original Tom Clancy novel, which this movie largely deviates from. However, where doing so negatively impacted the narrative in earlier Jack Ryan films Patriot Games and Clear and Present Danger, this one does it without compromising the story. Sure, some characters and situations get swapped around, mostly due to drastic world-view changes in the 12 year gap between book and film (replace an American Indian Movement fighter, radical Muslims, and volunteer East German scientists with a European neo-Nazi politician, corrupt Russian officials, and kidnapped Russian scientists, etc.), but the basic premise of the United States at a de facto state of war with Russia over bureaucratic posturing and a crisis mentality is still intact. In a reboot of the Ryanverse from the previous three films, Ben Affleck is Jack Ryan, at this point in time an up-and-coming analyst at the CIA, dealing mostly with surveilling the Russian government. When Alexander Nemerov suddenly becomes the new Russian president, his hard-line stance on military affairs worries the American government. Director of Central Intelligence William Cabot (Morgan Freeman) seeks Ryan's opinion on matters dealing with Nemerov, as he has extensively researched Nemerov's life, and subsequently brings him on a state-sponsored visit to Russia to meet the new President and tour a nuclear weapons facility. Both Cabot and Ryan notice that three scientists from said facility are missing. Facility directors make excuses for their absence, but a source inside the Kremlin, code-named Spinnaker, reveals that their whereabouts are unknown. Cabot sends CIA agent John Clark after them, who finds them working in the Ukraine building a bomb for Austrian neo-Nazi Richard Dressler. The bomb components, specifically the nuclear core, come from a single American-made nuclear missile that was lost during the 1973 Yom Kippur War when the Israeli jet carrying it was shot down (this sequence was shown during the opening credits); Dressler had bought the bomb on the black market after it was recovered by entrepreneurial Syrians in the present day. Meanwhile, Russian forces gas the capital of Chechnya, Grozny, apparently on orders from Nemerov. While Ryan vehemently defends Nemerov, the Russian president publicly announces he was responsible, thus beginning a strain on US-Russian relations and making Ryan a laughingstock. At around the same time, Dressler's bomb arrives on American soil, with the intent to make the US and Russia fight and destroy each other. When I first watched this movie, I really enjoyed it, not knowing at the time it had anything to do with Tom Clancy's novels. I've since read quite a few of them, but still find this film enjoyable. Ben Affleck is not bad in his turn as Ryan, but he's not great either. Morgan Freeman as usual delivers a great performance. The other actors who play the Russian and American politicians I believe accurately portray the anger and bravado that would bubble to the surface if a real version of this scenario were to occur. It kind of makes you scared that complete annihilation from nuclear weapons could so easily happen, similar to what War Games did in 1983. While not a great movie, the action is intense, which is what action movies are supposed to have. Great tension, some effective camerawork mixed with appropriate musical pieces, and an interesting plot all help make the movie interesting. I give it 4 out of 5.
i thought this film needed a new director and actor but it was an okay movie to reboot the series
If Morgan Freeman is in the movie, it must have class. He never fails to convince me and entertain. He's great.
Great cast. A spell binding, on the edge of your seat, thrill ride of a movie. Fantastic flick.....
I enjoyed the movie, but was haunted by the premise that the Israelis knowing that their plane had not reached its target, and that there was no detonation, would not have launched a successful covert or overt recovery effort over several decades -- thus rendering the plot improbable.
I really love this movie! Really action filled and set an impact in our lives. I really liked how it combined a fictional story with facts from september 11th. Really interesting and attention grabbing. :)
The Sum of All Fears is a nerve wracking thriller that also tugs on the heart strings. After the 9/11 attacks I found myself unable to contain my emotions during the attack scene. The movie also does a good job of making you care about the characters.
This movie was fantastic. Harrison Ford would have been too old to pull off a prequel, and Ben Affleck does a great job. I love all of the Tom Clancy movies, and I think this is one of the best.
While Ben Affleck plays the role in a campy, almost immature manner, this movie was excellent. Affleck gets help though, in the form of Morgan Freeman and Liev Schriber,(in a somwhat small but excellently played crucial role)to even out the plot. The idea of conflict between the two most powerful countries on the planet is exciting and horrifying at the same time. The tension between the two Presidents is well played, with the CIA giving it all they can to stop the most unnerving thing about war; nuclear conflict.
The main reason this movie stinks is that the excellent (and believable) story Clancy tells in the book has been sacrificed on the altar of political correctness. Add the substitution of Ben Affleck for Harrison Ford (necessitating a horrendous wrenching change in the timing and order of the Jack Ryan chronicles) and not even the inestimable Morgan Freeman can redeem the film.
I like all the other Clancy films, but I can see why Harrison Ford said ''No'' to this one. It's a piece of junk, from the writing to the direction, to the acting, especially Ben Affleck who is too goofy and boyish to pull off the lead role. I should say Morgan Freeman is great, as always, but he dies off early in the film, and your left with nothing good the rest the way.