31 January 2013 | ma-cortes
Jack Ryan witness a terrorist attack on a royal member , he intervenes and kills one of the attackers , but terrorists seek a lethal vengeance
Jack Ryan's entry with lots of noisy action , tension and thriller . The title of the film is a reference to an Irish Ballad called "The Patriot Game" which is popular song within the nationalist movement . This is a second installment of the Agent Jack Ryan with lots of gun-rattling action , suspense and intrigue . Ryan (Harrison Ford) is a high officer from CIA , married (Anne Archer) and with a daughter (Thora Birch). Now Jack Ryan is a history professor at the U.S. Naval Academy and former CIA agent on holiday in London . As ex-CIA Analyst Jack Ryan interferes with an IRA assassination, as he thwarts a terrorist attack , outside Buckingham Palace on Lord Holmes (James Fox who replaced his brother Edward Fox) , a member of the royal family . Then a renegade faction (Sean Bean , Polly Walker , Patrick Bergin) targets him and his family for revenge . Now Ryan goes back in action for the most vital assignment of his life : to save his wife and daughter . CIA staff (James Earl Jones, Samuel L. Jackson) sanctions a covert operation against terrorists by sending crack soldiers into Libya (the country in North Africa in which the IRA train is never named, although a map of the camps is shown, and they are clearly in Libya) under the command of SAS (however in the book, it is carried out by French special forces).
This blockbuster is an excellent adaptation of the novel by Tom Clancy , companion to ¨The hunt for Red October¨ by John McTiernan with Ford taking over the role of Ryan from Alec Baldwin and third part ¨Clear and present danger¨ again with Harrison Ford , who's becoming the king of trilogies ; furthermore subsequent outing starred by Ben Affleck titled ¨The sum of all fears¨ by Phil Alden Robinson . Extraordinary nail-biting action scenes, specially when Ryan is trapped and spoils an assassination attempt on an important member of the Royal Family , and of course , the breathtaking final images . Good production design , in fact , the CIA scenes were filmed at the actual CIA headquarters ; this was the first time the CIA had ever done such a thing. Interesting screenplay plenty of twists and thrills by Donald Stewart . Sensitive as well as thrilling musical score fitting to action and suspense by James Horner . However , he borrows part of his score from Aliens in scoring this film , Horner like all composers, often re-uses his own material. The satellite attack-watching sequence features rather emotional, thinly scored music , but the soundtrack is, in fact, taken quite directly from the slow movement of Dmitri Shostakovich's 5th Symphony . Colorful and atmospheric cinematography by Donald McAlpine . The picture was well directed by Phillip Noyce, an action movies expert , but he directed ¨Blind fury¨, ¨The Saint¨ , ¨The Bone Collectors¨ and the following : ¨Clear and present danger¨ among others . Rating: Above average, the film will appeal to Harrison Ford fans and Jack Ryan novels followers .