Wednesday, 8 August 2012

Clear and Present Danger (1994)

Harrison Ford is Jack Ryan straight from the pages of the books by Tom Clancy, this is a follow up to Patriot Games. It sees Jack Ryan involved in looking at the drugs coming from Columbia and as he has to take on a more senior role within the CIA he becomes involved with the president. Including the fact that he starts to realise he can influence policy within the government. I have not read any of the Jack Ryan books and not considered the films as a proper series, especially as you have 3 actors having now played Jack Ryan and all of the films have been produced out of order.

With Willem Dafoe as an operative in Columbia with Benjamin Bratt and Raymond Cruz. With Henry Czerny and Harris Yulin playing a different game that Jack has to go in and sort it out. The politicians allow and sign off on a war on the drug cartels and then when the heat comes up they leave the soldiers hanging and Jack runs off to save them. It is all very action packed and exciting and there are quite a few plots running through the film and you have to pay attention so you know what everybody is up to.

This is a fun packed film with lots of good acting and plenty of explosions for the boys; I think there is too much going on and this probably has a lot to do with the size of The Tom Clancy books and the difficulty in trying to condense them in to a two hour film. Overall an enjoyable film and should been seen as a 7 out of 10. 


  1. This and patriot games are fine movies in their own rights. Compared to the books.... Well, hunt for red October was the best adaptation imo, and they went down until the bottomed out with sum of all fears. If you liked movies, you'll like the books. If you want, I can provide you with the correct reading order, as they do form a complete narrative. The movies are out of order.

  2. Thanks for that, the correct order would be appreciated.

  3. Without Remorse - Story about John Clark. Ryan makes a cameo
    Patriot Games
    Red Rabbit
    The Hunt for Red October
    The Cardinal of the Kremlin
    Clear and Present Danger
    The Sum of All Fears
    Debt of Honor
    Executive Decision
    Rainbow Six
    Bear and the Dragon
    The Teeth of The Tiger

    Have not read these two
    Dead or Alive
    Locked On

    This is the chronological order of the Jack Ryan saga. Lots of pages, but I've always enjoyed them.