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Overall Rating
2.71

Awesome: 10.53%
Worth A Look: 13.16%
Average: 21.05%
Pretty Bad47.37%
Total Crap: 7.89%

2 reviews, 26 user ratings


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Patriot Games
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by Ryan Arthur

"Inferior to its predacessor."
2 stars

Harrison Ford in action mode.

The good thing about films based on Tom Clancy's books as that they're not nearly as dense. Clancy's novels are 75% technobabble, and the characters take a backseat to the new technology that no reader in their right mind would understand. But in movies, the technology is reduced to being the latest special effect, while the characters move to the forefront.

But the plot of Patriot Games fails us. CIA guy Jack Ryan returns, this time played by Harrison Ford rather than Alec Baldwin (I like Baldwin better). He singlehandedly stops an IRA terrorist attack in England and then becomes the target of a splinter group of the IRA. It's a revenge movie. Ryan spends the rest of the film on the run and in hiding from these terrorists, who eventually make it out to his home for one big showdown.

The technology scenes aren't handled all that well. We see hi-rez cameras showing a raid on a terrorist camp and a satellite photo revealing what appear to be breasts(!), but really it's not all that exciting. In the film's final reel, when terrorist invade Ryan's home, there's an extended sequence of the terrorist hunting the family with night vision goggles. The sequence is dark and muddy, completely devoid of action.

Among the actors, Ford's boring. He lacks the intensity that Alec Baldwin originated with the role, and he lacks the compassion that we need to see in order to believe him as a family man to his wife (Anne Archer) and child (Thora Birch). As the head terrorist, Sean Bean and Patrick Bergin aren't the least bit menacing. Just kinda dirty.

There's a reason Clancy had his name removed from the film before it opened, you know.

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User Comments

4/08/10 PAUL SHORTT TENSE, EDGE-OF-THE-SEAT THRILLER 3 stars
11/24/08 Shaun Wallner This movie was stupid! 2 stars
8/25/05 ES my favourite of the Jack Ryan series 4 stars
3/25/05 me I loved this film when I first saw it at the cinema, but it has dated badly 4 stars
5/11/04 J.Peckerfoot its okay,as my mate liam says,"don't plan your night around it" 3 stars
12/20/03 john why is this film so boring with an intriguing concept like this? 2 stars
11/27/03 he an okay film 3 stars
6/16/03 rory excellant 5 stars
3/26/03 Spiderfan729 Marginal to Good. I would watch it again but nothing surpurb either! 4 stars
3/09/03 Jack Sommersby Colorful and well-staged, but it's just too dumb and contived. 2 stars
1/30/03 Pinkline Jones About as memorable as an ant's footprint 1 stars
11/23/02 Charles Tatum Who cares? 2 stars
7/12/02 KMG Pretty good 4 stars
6/11/02 Spanky this movee is gud. harrison is 10x better than baldwin, come on 5 stars
10/25/01 jawsboy from what I remember, this was a pretty good movie, not total crap. 4 stars
8/08/01 Mr. Hat Teen Movie Critic II is uninformed. Ford wasn't in "Star Trek." He was in "Star WARS." 3 stars
3/06/01 R.W. Welch Thrillers are supposed to gain momentum, not lose it. 3 stars
12/28/00 Viking the ending was a let down. Check out the book 3 stars
12/02/00 The Evil Penguin the book was better 3 stars
11/28/00 Cristopher Revilla read the book instead, don't watch this piece of shit! 2 stars
5/29/00 Cooke Ford is awesome yet again. 5 stars
5/19/00 Clare Reid It was crap 1 stars
7/05/99 Ben Leostein Rating: ** (out of ****) Category: "Above Average" 3 stars
6/24/99 Bennett Santangelo Dreadful Movie 1 stars
4/21/99 lucas jackson I thought this was a great action movie with a great story,check out the fucking book 5 stars
10/31/98 Silent Rob An example of the beloved phrase 'Re-Shoot'. I've seen cooking grease gel better than this 2 stars
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  05-Jun-1992 (R)

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  02-Feb-1993




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