|The Sum Of All Fears|
Phil Alden Robinson
Ben Affleck, Morgan Freeman, James Cromwell, Liev Schreiber, Bridget Moynahan, Alan Bates, Ciarán Hinds, Philip Baker Hall, Ron Rifkin
Widescreen; closed caption; English, French audio tracks; English subtitles; commentary by director Phil Alden Robinson and novelist Tom Clancy; commentary by director Phil Alden Robinson and cinematographer John Lindley; "The Making of 'The Sum of All Fears'" featurette; "Creating Reality: The Visual Effects"; theatrical trailer.
|Ben Affleck is CIA agent Jack Ryan at least, in this particular adaptation of a Tom Clancy novel. Affleck replaces the considerably older Harrison Ford, who starred as Ryan in "Patriot Games" and "Clear and Present Danger"; Ford took over for Alec Baldwin as the resourceful government operative after "The Hunt for Red October." So Affleck's presence as a younger, callow version of the character signals a re-boot of the film series based on Clancy's political thrillers. (It's getting like the parade of actors who have portrayed James Bond.) "The Sum of All Fears" adds up to a shrewdly made tension machine with a timely plot about terrorists using a stolen nuke to kindle a world war. Get this: Only novice CIA analyst Ryan can prevent a global holocaust. Some major plot points plant the film in an alternative universe, and Ryan's many audacious feats are a reach, but Affleck, Morgan Freeman as the CIA director and Liev Schreiber as a cunning U.S. agent give us steadfast heroes to cheer.|