When CIA Analyst Jack Ryan interferes with an IRA assassination, a renegade faction targets him and his family for revenge.
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Spy thriller mixes nonstop violence with pro-family message.
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Rotten: Director Phillip Noyce, who made the gripping thriller Dead Calm, has earned his directorial hack license here.
- Desson Thomson, Washington Post, Saturday, January 1, 2000
Having recently seen Salt, by director Phillip Noyce, I became curious to find out what other movies he's made. So I did what I always do when in need of such info: I turned to IMDB. It was then that I stumbled upon this film. A thriller not unfamiliar to me, but one I've (for some reason or another) neglected until now. At any rate, there's a lot to like about the cast in this film. Not only does it star one of my all-time favourite actors, Harrison Ford, but it also includes a superb Sean Bean, and great supporting roles by actors like James Earl Jones and Samuel L. Jackson. That in hand with some riveting drama bits and suspenseful action scenes, makes this into (to use a military metaphor) another medal on Phillip Noyce's uniform. Maybe not a golden one, but shiny nevertheless.
- CloudStrife84, Wednesday, August 25, 2010
I thought I had seen this. But I hadn't. But now I have. How do I feel about that? Pretty neutral. I still think Alec Baldwin was the best Jack Ryan. I have a hard time thinking of Harrison as anyone other than the president (when he's being part of the American government, that is. He can still be Han or Indy, of course.)
- Julie, Friday, April 9, 2010