The Sum of All Fears (2002)


“[to Jack] When I asked for your advice, I didn’t mean that you should actually speak.” – Bill Cabot

Number of Times Seen – 3 (17 Sep 2002, Feb 2007 and 9 Aug 2017)

Brief Synopsis – A young CIA analyst must try and help figure out what is going on when tensions between the Russians and Americans begins to escalate.

My Take on it – As I’ve stated numerous times before, I’ve always been a fan of Tom Clancy’s stories but never was able to really enjoy his writing style per se.

This allows me the opportunity to completely enjoy the movie adaptations of his novels without having the chance to read his descriptive narrative novels.

This film is another example of a great Clancy story because it keeps things thrilling the whole time.

His ability to keep the story thrilling despite the fact that the main character is an analyst and not an action hero is done so well.

I really liked the casting of Ben Affleck as the lead role of Jack Ryan because he is able to bring so much energy into the character who has now been de-aged  in order to present this re-boot of the character of Jack Ryan.

Besides Affleck, the supporting cast is amazing with James Cromwell, Morgan Freeman, Bridget Moynahan and Leiv Schreiber all helping to create a story that tells a greater idea than just following one character’s arc.

The added mixture of some humorous lines in this film helps ease some of the very tense moments and keeps the story balanced due to its sprinkling of lighter scenes here and there to complement the tense and dark one.

Bottom Line – Another great Clancy story that is presented in a thrilling way despite the character not being an action hero. Affleck does a great job in the lead role and brings a lot more energy to the role that has been de-aged in this reboot.  Great supporting cast led by Cromwell, Freeman, Moynahan and Schreiber help keep us focused on the overall story instead of just following one character’s arc. They do a great job of mixing a bit of humor into tense situations to keep things somewhat lighter. Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – The spray can that Liev Schreiber uses to cut through the chain link fence, is supposed to be a real-life C.I.A. chemical spray, known as “Ice Piss”. When asked if a real can of Ice Piss could be acquired for the scene, the Technical Advisor said, “I don’t want to go to prison!” (From IMDB)

Rating – Globe Worthy

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2 thoughts on “The Sum of All Fears (2002)

  1. Agree with you. In the canon of Jack Ryan films – this might not be at the very top on my list, but it is a very solid addition to the group. Affleck is effective (especially considering the shoes in which he was walking) and I thought Schreiber was great. A real standout amongst this excellent group of actors. The Baltimore nuke and it’s aftermath are stunningly done. Once you get past the “who the hell could’ve survived” aspect – it really ramps the action up through the roof. And I love that final scene…

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