Thursday, October 25, 2012
Directed by Phil Alden Robinson
Starring Ben Affleck, Morgan Freeman, Bridget Moynahan, James Cromwell, Ciarán Hinds, Liev Schreiber, Alan Bates, Ron Rifkin, Colm Feore, Philip Baker Hall, Sven-Ole Thorsen
I decided to give this fourth Jack Ryan film a look after a long while and it truly is a measure of how a decent action thriller is supposed to be made. Director Robinson has been known to make films of lighter genres (Field Of Dreams for example), but as he demonstrated with Sneakers back in 1992, he can easily pull off suspense and Fears is another magnificent benchmark of this. Neo-nazis are pinning US and Russia against each other by framing each other of terrorist acts and (in this film still up and coming) CIA analyst Ryan (Affleck) is the man to stop world destruction. Freeman's mentor to Ryan, Cabot beautifully reflects James Earl Jones' Admiral Greer from previous Ryan films while Cromwell and Hinds face each other off as presidents of the two fuming nations. You could cut the brilliantly built tension with a knife and the only small complaint comes from Affleck's mannerisms still on display at this point of his career. A special mention must be given to Jerry Goldsmith for a memorable and hauntingly beautiful score (as showcased below). A fifth self-titled Jack Ryan film is currently filming with Chris Pine as the lead, Costner lending support and Kenneth Branagh behind the camera. They better not fuck up the gold winning streak which has been going all the way from the superb The Hunt For Red October through Patriot Games and Clear And Present Danger to this. Here's hoping.
The Sum Of All Fears at IMDb