2nd Annual Remembering James Horner Blogathon – Clear and Present Danger (1994)


This is the second of 3 reviews that are part of The 2nd Annual Remembering James Horner Blogathon hosted by Becca over at Film Music Central.  Tnx for letting me participate!


“Let me make this very clear: this is your deal, not mine, so unless I have written authorization, this whole thing is over before it starts because I’m not going to be the only one left without a chair when the music stops. ” – Ritter

Number of Times Seen – 1 (21 Jun 2017)

Brief Synopsis – Jack Ryan, now a high level CIA analyst is tasked with trying to stop the drug cartels in Latin America after the President’s close friend and family are murdered in a drug cartel related incident.

My Take on it – I ave always realaly enjoye dthe stories that Tom Clancy always told us, but never really had the patience to read his books due to their highly descriptive nature.

I recall trying to read this book once and almost falling asleep during the first chapter because of the way he goes into so much detail describing the scene before anything really happens.

I’m sure that there are other out there for agree with me, but the majority loved the descriptive narrative.

BTW, I felt the same way about Tolkien’s writing; love the stories, hate the writing itself.

This is why I have always loved the adaptations of Clancy’s work, because they are always able to tell us the thrilling stories the way we want to see them onscreen.

Harrison Ford is a great Jack Ryan and it’s really a shame that he only portrayed the character twice because it would have been nice to see where he could have taken the character.

The political intrigue in this film is so much fun to watch unfold and I loved the way that they showed us numerous vantage points on certain situations in order to give us a broader look at everything happening.

The fact that different characters use different methods to eventually get to similar conclusions is a great way to show us that not everything has a singular path.

The story flows really well and I really enjoye dthe way that they mix political and military ideas in order to tell such a thrilling tale.

The best scene of this movie is by far the ambush scene and it is one that will stick with you for decades because it is done so well.

The fact that the TV show JAG used some of the footage in a scene during its first season is proof that it would be hard to do a similar scene so well, so you might as well just take the best one and use the same footage. 🙂

I was pleasantly surprised to learn that the score of this film was composed by James Horner because it has always been one of my favorite movie themes and even appears on my playlist of movie themes but didn’t recall is was by Horner.

The theme is extremely patriotic sounding and works really well with the themes of the film and in some ways helps make them feel even more thrilling and patriotic.

Check it out here:

Bottom Line – Clancy always was an amazing storyteller and his movie adaptations always are able to be more focused than his very descriptive novels.  Ford is once again great as Ryan and its too bad he only played the character twice.  Loved the political intrigued involved here and the ways that the characters gather their own information separately using very different methods.  The ambush scene is such an amazing one that will stay with you for decades and still remains one of the best of its kind to this day. Loved the way the story flowed and gave us multiple perspectives of the whole situation. Amazing score by Horner that gives off such a patriotic feeling. Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – The drug lord mansion destroyed by the missile was a real brick-and-mortar residence in Mexico purchased by the filmmakers from a divorcée who had unpleasant memories of the place. The filmmakers bought the mansion and destroyed it. The divorcée kept the land and presumably built a new house after clearing out the rubble. (From IMDB)

Rating – Globe Worthy

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