THE SUM OF ALL FEARS (2002 USA)

Ben Meyers’ rating: 3.3|5.0 Starsììì

The Sum of All Fears—a little boring and slow—just does not have the action feel that other apocalyptic movies have. Morgan Freeman (DCI William Cabot) and Liev Schreiber (John Clark) play strong parts, but their strength makes the rest of the cast seem weak and amateurish.

Storyline

A Syrian finds an unexploded bomb in the Golan Heights and sells it to a South African black market arms dealer. The bomb eventually finds its way to a Baltimore, Maryland football game where it detonates and destroys the stadium and miles of the city. United States CIA believes the activity originates with Russia. Tensions between Russia and the United States heighten to the brink of nuclear war. Jack Ryan (Ben Affleck) works to prove that the bombing is not of Russian origin.

Additional Thanks

Good Work for Director Phil Alden Robinson. Thank you to Executive Producers Tom Clancy and Stratton Leopold for making the film possible. Additional characters/cast include: Syrian Radar Operator (Ian Mongrain), Israeli Pilot (Russell Bobbitt), Admiral Pollack (Ken Jenkins), National Security Advisor Revell (Bruce McGill), General Lasseter (John Beasley), Defense Secretary Becker (Philip Baker Hall), and US STRATCOM Colonel (Al Vandecruys).
 
Buy a ticket? Yes? No? Maybe?

Maybe. It’s not the best spy thriller flick, but it’s not the worst either.

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