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The Sum of All Fears

  PG-13 HD Closed Captioning

Phil Alden Robinson

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Plot Summary

Ben Affleck is ready for action, commanding the role of CIA agent Jack Ryan in this thrilling adventure based on the Tom Clancy bestseller. America's Cold War fears are rekindled after the President of Russia dies and is succeeded by a man with a cryptic past. But East-West tensions erupt when the CIA suspects that renegade Russian scientists are developing more nuclear weapons. Mobilized into action by CIA Director William Cabot (Morgan Freeman), Jack Ryan (Affleck) follows a danger-ridden trail to a shocking conclusion: terrorists plan to provoke a war between the U.S. and Russia - by detonating a nuclear bomb at a championship football game! Costarring James Cromwell and Liev Schreiber, The Sum of All Fears adds up to the year's most explosive entertainment.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews

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59%
  • Reviews Counted: 170
  • Fresh: 100
  • Rotten: 70
  • Average Rating: 5.9/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Rotten: Affleck merely creates an outline for a role he still needs to grow into, a role that Ford effortlessly filled with authority. – Peter Travers, Rolling Stone, Nov 24, 2006

Rotten: The Sum of All Fears pretends to be a serious exploration of nuclear terrorism, but it's really nothing more than warmed-over Cold War paranoia. – Charles Taylor, Salon.com, Jul 7, 2010

Fresh: It's a smartly directed, grown-up film of ideas. – Ella Taylor, L.A. Weekly, Jun 24, 2010

Fresh: Subtract the slickness, and Sum adds up to a smart thriller. – Erik Lundegaard, Seattle Times, Jun 24, 2010

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Customer Reviews

The threat of our times, Neo Nazi Types...yeah right...

Yes, the most pressing threat we face today, is from NeoNazies getting a nuke. Please, talk about PC gutting what was a good book and turning it into a silly movie. The left in Hollywood is so gutless about making a movie that shows where the real threat comes from that they have to retreat to the one acceptable bad guy, that being the Nazi. Don't get me wrong, The Nazi is a great villian to see killed, but pretty much only if your film is based in the 30s and the 40s. To make one the villian of a modern era based film is to wimp out on showing who is most desiring of setting off an atomic bomb in an American city.

Get the book

I have always been a fan of Tom Clancy's books and movies, but this movie was a disappointment. It lacks the realism and continuity Clancy fans have come to expect from movie versions of his books, and in fact it has little in common with the book. The acting appears amature for these powerful actors, and the story line is both unrealistic and disjointed. While no movie can really capture a book author's intent, this movie was way off the mark. As if that weren't enough, the performances by the actors was the worst I've ever seen from normally excellent performers. The plot was so different from the book as to become unbelievable. Much of this can be attributed to changes made midproduction, in the wake of 9/11. Apparently these changes were intended to avoid offending certain political and ethnic groups, placing political correctness over quality, realism, and story continuity.

Great!

very suspenseful. great acting. twists around every corner.

The Sum of All Fears
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  • $14.99
  • Genre: Thriller
  • Released: 2002

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  1. The Jack Ryan Collection, Paramount