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Clear and Present Danger (1994) Is the best of Harrison Ford's classic action political thriller since The Fugitive! I know this film is based on Tom Clancy's novel Clear and Present Danger and is directed by Phillip Noyce. It is a sequel to Patriot games (1992) in which Harrison Ford started as CIA analyst Jack Ryan. Alec Baldwin started as Jack Ryan in an action thriller brilliant flick The Hunt For Red October (1990) with Sean Connery and with the director John McTiernan. Those were all novels that films were based by writer Tom Clancy. My all time favorite films of all five Jack Ryan movies, that were released and are based on Tom Clancy's novels are: The Hunt For Red October (1990) and this one (Clear and Present Danger). Of course The Hunt For Red October isn't Harrison Ford's film, but he later started with Phillip Noyce twice, with the film Patriot Games (1992) and this film (Clear and Present Danger) that I absolutely love it. As a kid, again the same that I have saw the trailer for the film The Fugitive (1993), year later I saw the trailer for this film which it became a hit in 1994, that time I watched Patriot Games with Harrison Ford which I liked. But watching this one again, I must say it is my second favorite Harrison Ford film not counting Indiana Jones films. The first one is The Fugitive and the second one is this one (Clear and Present Danger).
Plot: CIA Analyst Jack Ryan is drawn into an illegal war fought by the US government against a Colombian drug cartel.
I love this film and it is the second favorite film of mine that I just love to death! Beside Harrison Ford gives you the best outstanding perfect brilliant performance, they are still a support cast from this film that you like to see and are famous. Beside Harrison, James Earl Jones, Anne Archer and Thora Birch all reprise there roles back from Patriot Games. I still don't know why actor Samuel L. Jackson did not reprise his role back to the sequel,but still this film works. When his mentor James Greer (James Earl Jones) becomes gravely ill, Ryan (Harrison Ford)is appointed acting CIA Deputy Director of Intelligence. His first assignment: Investigate the murder of one of the president's friends, a prominent U.S. businessman with secret ties to Colombian drug cartels. Unbeknownst to Ryan, the CIA has already dispatched a deadly field operative (Willem Dafoe) to lead a paramilitary force against the Colombian drug lords. Caught in the crossfire, Ryan takes matters into his own hands, risking his career and life for the only cause he still believes in - the truth.
This movie is about Colombian drug cartels, investigation of a murder of one of the president friends and his family, conspiracy and a rescue mission on the end of the film. This movie is intelligent, entertaining and brilliant, it keeps you on the edge of your seat. It keeps guessing you what will happened next. Willem Dafoe finally plays the good guy in this film, which I love him. The action sequences are excellent, the explosions are wonderful and perfectly executed. No CGI or shaky cam in here. The body keeps rising and the acting is brilliant, everyone does an excellent job. In here we have Joaquim de Almeida who is playing another villain, we see him playing another drug lord 17 years later in Fast Five (2011). Here you also have a marines who are destroying a drug cartels and risking their own lives. You even have Tom Bower from Die Hard 2 (1990) in here, who plays a helicopter pilot on a rescue mission. Than is Henry Czerny as another villain in CIA who later started in Mission: Impossible (1996) film. The special effects are perfect, the film is fast paced and goes quickly around for the two hours.
About the cast: Harrison Ford did a perfect job playing Jack Ryan CIA analysts who becomes director of CIA when his friend becomes ill, you even have a funeral scene in here and the music score from James Horner is awesome for this film and I love it. James Earl Jones did a perfect acting support. Willem Dafoe was incredible in his role and in my opinion he gave us a perfect acting performance. Henry Czerny did a solid job and Thora Birch in a minor role was perfect. Anne Archer was also great as Jack's wife. "I'm sorry, Mr. President, I don't dance." Jack Ryan's best quote for me.
Overall: Clear and Present Danger is a classic a perfect 10. Far way better than the last two films that come out and way better than Patriot Games. For me Harrison Ford is the only Jack Ryan CIA analyst I love and no one talks about this film today. I love this film to death!
Clear and Present Danger is a 1994 American spy thriller film directed by Phillip Noyce, based on Tom Clancy's book of the same name. It was preceded by the 1990 film The Hunt for Red October and the 1992 film Patriot Games, all three featuring Clancy's fictional character Jack Ryan.
10/10 Grade: Bad Ass Seal Of Approval Studio: Paramount Pictures Starring: Harrison Ford, Willem Dafoe, Anne Archer, Joaquim de Almeida, James Earl Jones, Miguel Sandoval, Henry Czerny, Harris Yulin, Donald Moffat, Benjamin Bratt, Raymond Cruz, Thora Birch Director: Phillip Noyce Producers: Mace Neufeld, Robert Rehme Screenplay: Donald E. Stewart, Steven Zaillian, John Milius Based on Clear and Present Danger by Tom Clancy Rated: PG-13 Running Time: 2 Hrs. 21 Mins. Budget: $62.000.000 Box Office: $215,887,717