3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Well constructed, but a little flat,
This review is from: The Sum Of All Fears - Special Collector's Edition [DVD]  (DVD)
Possibly the best adapted Clancy book, although great liberties are taken with the novel and the plot. Somehow, it hangs together far better than "Patriot Games" or "Clear and Present Danger".
I have to admit to enjoying this movie, up to a certain point. That point became obvious when I realised that, for all the well-rehearsed action scenes, the pivotal point of the movie-the tension which should build up and up during the time when Ryan hi-jacks the "hot line" to the Kremlin-just didn't work. It felt flat and routine. Maybe a closer allegiance to the novel, in which Ryan is under suspicion and out of favour with his own side, would have helped to make this a more dramatic movie, or at least to have added some much-needed tension in its final quarter.
All of that being said, this is a well scripted, generally well acted and engaging film. Had it moved me a bit nearer to the edge of my seat, I would have given it 4 stars. Try it and see what you think-at the very least, it is entertaining escapism.