THE SUM OF ALL FEARS (2002) ONE, 8.30PM, M, THRILLER

The Sunday Mail (Queensland) - TV Guide - - HIGHLIGHTS -

Af­ter Har­ri­son Ford por­trayed Tom Clancy’s but­toned-down hero in the last two Jack Ryan films, this reinvention of the re­source­ful CIA an­a­lyst sees Ben Af­fleck (above, out of his depth) as more of a Jack-the-lad Ryan. With nu­clear-armed neo-Nazis threat­en­ing world peace, the CIA di­rec­tor (Mor­gan Free­man) leaves the fate of the world in the hands of the young go-get­ter. It’s ter­ri­fy­ingly top­i­cal, yet any sem­blance of re­al­ity is un­der­mined by a sec­ond-rate script and a ro­man­tic sub-plot ill at ease with the sub­ject mat­ter. ★★

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