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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perfectly simulates the feeling of visiting your grandpa and getting to pick a movie from his VHS stack. pure comfort food
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…
“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…
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.
The best of the five films to feature Tom Clancy's Jake Ryan, "Clear and Present Danger" is a sturdy and steady action-drama. Finding Harrison Ford's Ryan taking on the ethics of the beltway while politicians wage a shadow war against a Colombian cartel, the film is handsomely assembled and thoroughly involving.
A chess game pitting the machinations of a Presidential vendetta against a South American drug syndicate, the film sees its hero caught in the middle as a political pawn. The story is a tale of right versus wrong drawn with bullets, bombs, and furrowed brows.
Director, Phillip Noyce, allows the work to move slowly in the early going, but its grip on its audience tightens as the drama's stakes…
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…
"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…
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, and he still 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.…
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…
Philip Noyce’s CLEAR AND PRESENT DANGER, as a 25-year-old box office hit, is dated in its blockbuster filmmaking attitude. The film was marketed on the strength of lead-actor star-power, popular literature, some action, and the promise of at least a somewhat sophisticated political thriller. Nary a special effects character, billion-dollar movie brand, merchandise tie-in in sight. The Tom Clancy movie brand has waned over the years not because of quality necessarily, but because of its deteriorating distinguishable marketing assets. Quite simply star-power is a less important commodity in Hollywood, and political thrillers and action films belong on streaming platforms, not big screens.
CLEAR AND PRESENT DANGER is a shining example of this the political thriller. There is lots going on…
The film’s terrifically paced, well written & is terrifically acted where the cast understands their characters & the story. (84%)
CIA agent Jack Ryan is called in by his boss Admiral James Greer to investigate the brutal murder on a personal friend of the US President, by a Colombian drug cartel on Hardin. Ryan learns that Hardin was laundering money for the drug cartel. When Greer falls seriously ill, Jack must take over as head of the CIA.
The trail soon leads to the powerful Colombian drug lord Ernesto Escobada. In his sleuthing Jack is hampered by people, both within the CIA and close to Escobada, who plays a mysterious double game. It turns out that National Security Advisor James Cutter has started a war against drug lords in Colombia. An action that threatens to make Jack a political victim.…
Popular consensus is, while Patriot Games might be a good movie, it was a little to “action-y” for a Tom Clancy adaptation, and this movie is a more sober, more mature take on the source material. And I can say, having seen this movie twice now, that that’s a load of bullshit. Oh, I can see why people call this one “mature”; movies like this are expected to make sense, and when they don’t, it’s natural to assume the fault lies with the viewer. I first saw this when I was much younger - early teens - and that’s what I came away assuming. Rewatching it, however, I can safely say that this movie’s plot is just an incomprehensible jumble.…
Oh I get it it’s Pablo Escobar
These Jack Ryan movies are spy thrillers made by people taking horse tranquilizers. I get that’s sorta the Tom Clancy thing, but this movie puts more emphasis on a race to delete emails—it’s always about the emails—then any action sequence in the film.
This is the antithesis of Philip Noyce’s own Blind Fury.
The kill box sequence is obviously great, even in the bad pan&scan version I watched.
The sound mix in this is an all time great LD Dolby track. I’d assume the letterboxed LD looks great, but it should be criminal to crop a CinemaScope movie like this.
I thought this was a pretty good follow up to Patriot Games. The story was strong and Harrison Ford was great! I thought the direction was fantastic. Willem Dafoe is great and I really liked his characters motivation. Where this movie lacks is the villains. I didn’t feel the same type of emotional connection with them as I did in the previous movie. I also wished that Jack Ryan’s family had more to do, without them, the movie was left a little shallow in the aspect of emotion.
Zero mention of Thora Birch’s lack of a spleen so I assume everything worked out ok with that.
Watched this for the first time since 1995 or so.
It's a very beige movie. Lots of scowling white faces in drab office interiors. Two big scenes where a desk-jockey CIA analyst inexplicably turns into a superhero. No matter your political persuasion, the entire thing feels so naive -- it has a conception of America and American power that seems foolish. And it just goes on forever.
Probably the most epic of the bunch so far. Harrison Ford is really good here, he seems to have settled into the role nicely, it’s too bad there isn’t another with him. Another great cast, and Willem Dafoe is aces here.
I never knew that I needed a DaFoe and Ford movie
Compared to Patriot Games this has less action but has a more nuanced storyline which probably makes it slightly better than it's predecessor.
The cast is pretty great, although none of the bad guys come close to matching Sean Bean. All in all it's a solid action(ish) thriller but certainly nothing to write home about.
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This is one of those thrillers that was purely enjoyable on first viewing and I enjoyed the hell out of it when it first hit theaters in '94. But the more you think about it, the less the overall story - especially the third act - really holds up. And that's because this was a full-on star vehicle, this was Harrison Ford in the '90's after all: he had to wag that finger....scream things like "MY wife!!!" or "How dare YOU sir!!"....and of course HE had to be the one to punch the bad guy's lights out in the end! 🤤 This was loosely adapted from a very popular Tom Clancy novel at the time, one which I had read…
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