His days as an intelligence agent behind him, former CIA analyst Jack Ryan has travelled to London to vacation with his wife and child.
Meeting his family outside Buckingham Palace, Ryan is caught in the middle of a terrorist attack on Lord Holmes, a member of the Royal Family.
Ryan helps to thwart Holmes' assailants and becomes a local hero. But Ryan's courageous act marks him as a target in the sights of the terrorist whose brother he killed.
Now Ryan must return to action for the most vital assignment of his life: to save his family......
Oh yes, the film has flaws, the depiction of the Irish is as bad as 'Blown Away', everyone drinks Guiness, listens to Clannad and send Leprechauns as gifts, but this is Hollywood, so it can be forgiven.
As for the rest of the movie, it's one of the most taut and intense thrillers of 1992, and furthermore, it's one of Fords last movies where his name guaranteed a hit (fugitive, CAPD, AFO after this), and it still proves he was a major draw.
Why? Because Ryan is the Everyman, he's not superhuman, or an action hero, he's just a family man trying to protect his family.
Bean is great as the villain, and this film bases it's main plot on family. Bean And Ford meet when Ford is trying to protect his, Ford kills his Brother, Bean goes after Fords, coming around in full circle.
It's really well made, with some great support from a who's who of Hollywood. It's not as action packed as one would think, but it keeps you on the edge of your seat.
And it has one of the best endings a film has.