Sunday, May 26, 2013

Clear and Present Danger

Clear and Present Danger is a 1994 film, 3rd of the movies based on the Tom Clancey novels and the last starring Harrison Ford. Also in this are Willem Dafoe, James Earl Jones, Dean Jones, Hope Lange, Raymond Cruz (who has a Star Trek connection), Reg E. Cathey (who has a Star Trek connection) and Ellen Geer (who has a Star Trek connection). Harris Yulin (with a Star Trek connection), Vaughn Armstrong (who may have more separate Star Trek connections than anybody), Kamala Dawson (Star Trek connection), Elizabeth Dennehy (ST connection), Michael Jace (ST) and John Putch (also in ST).

To be honest, I think each film in this series is fine. It's not that I have any complaints. It's just that the more of them I see, the less interested I am in seeing any of them again. I didn't finish watching this one. It was big and splashy and filled with grim-faced men being very intensely serious; and I wasn't in the mood. I'll get back to it, I'm sure.


Rolling Stone says, "Harrison Ford is in peak form in Clear and Present Danger. It's the summer's smartest thriller: a gripping blend of suspense and surprising humor." What Culture says,
Despite its flaws, Clear And Present Danger is still a fairly solid, if overlong thriller. Ford, as always, is an extremely watchable actor and totally believable as the desk jockey forced to become a man of action to get things done. His interpretation of Jack Ryan is really all that holds the film together making it a shame that this proved to be his final, slightly anti-climactic outing.
Rotten Tomatoes gives it a critics score of 82%.

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