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4.0 out of 5 stars Welcome Jack Ryan MKIII, 11 Mar. 2003
This review is from: The Sum Of All Fears - Special Collector's Edition [DVD] [2002] (DVD)
The first thing that everyone knows about this film is that we have the third reincarnation of Jack Ryan. And this can be a bit disturbing to some people.
We've had the hammy Alec Baldwin and the heavyweight Harrison Ford. Now for film 4 we have the pretty but not that convincing Ben Affleck.
This caused a dilemma for the director and led to a wholesale script rewrite. Out have gone the Arab terrorists of the book and are replaced by a neo-Nazi group of Europeans. Evidently we can't offend Arabs but Europeans are open season for Hollywood. The film still centres on a nuclear bomb being smuggled into the US and used to destroy a city.
The other problem for the film makers was the need to reinvent Ryan as a younger character to accomodate Affleck. As such they have used it to show some of Ryan's earlier life and to include the meeting and courtship of his future wife.
The film is an engrossing thriller but not a blood and guts action movie. There is a strong cast and a good, well told story.
Does Affleck cut it as a young Jack Ryan? I think that depends on your view of him. I think he's a liitle too wooden but this is a good addition to the series. Let's hope he gets another chance.
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