EVERYTHING ABOUT A MOVIE?
|CLEAR AND PRESENT DANGER (director: Phillip Noyce; screenwriters: Donald Stewart/Steven Zaillian/John Milius/based on the novel by Tom Clancy; cinematographer: Donald M. McAlpine; editor: Neil Travis; music: James Horner; cast: Harrison Ford (Jack Ryan), Willem Dafoe (Mr. Clark), Anne Archer (Cathy Ryan), James Earl Jones (Admiral Greer), Joaquim de Almeida (Felix Cortez), Henry Czerny (Robert Ritter), Harris Yulin (James Cutter), Donald Moffat (President Bennett), Miguel Sandoval (Ernesto Escobedo), Benjamin Bratt (Ramirez); Runtime: 142; MPAA Rating: PG-13; producers: Mace Neufeld/Robert Rehme; Paramount Pictures; 1994)|
of it is
uplifting or tells us something fresh, but it passes
as easy viewing
Reviewed by Dennis Schwartz
Another Jack Ryan adventure tale that's based on the novel by Tom Clancy (the third film after Patriot Games and The Hunt for Red October) and is written by Donald Stewart, Steven Zaillian and John Milius. Director Phillip Noyce ("Newsfront"/"Patriot Games"/"The Bone Collector") keeps it simple, fairly intelligent, and moving quickly, as he tells about betrayal and the abuse of power in America's War on Drugs. None of it is uplifting or tells us something fresh, but it passes as easy viewing entertainment.
Jack Ryan (Harrison
a rugged CIA operative who is promoted to Deputy
Director after the
current job holder, Admiral Greer (James Earl Jones),
is diagnosed with
terminal pancreatic cancer. The
Moffat) friend is knocked off by a Colombian drug
cartel. It's soon learned that the Prez's rich friend
was tight with
the cartel, thereby the Reagan-like Prez's sly
adviser (Harris Yulin) and his ambitious CIA deputy
send a secret paramilitary force into Colombia to kill
lords. The evil cartel's (the drug kingpin Ernesto
Sandoval) and his henchman, the suave lawyer Felix
Cortez (Joaquim de
and family-oriented home
life is shown.
In the jungle, the paramilitary force is captured and then abandoned by these lackeys. It now becomes Ryan's problem and he arrives in Colombia on a rescue mission, aided only by the mysterious rouge CIA operative Clark (Willem Dafoe). In the end, Ryan must choose between covering up for the corrupt men who lied to him, or embarrassing the country by telling the truth.
You've seen it all
but Ford is a pleasant actor and Dafoe is always good
for some edgy
REVIEWED ON 2/7/2010 GRADE: B-
Dennis Schwartz: "Ozus' World Movie Reviews"
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