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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%

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Patriot Games
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by Slyder

"A true letdown"
2 stars

You know a lot happened between the time The Hunt for Red October was released and the time that Patriot Games came out: Alec Baldwin bowed out of the Jack Ryan role and Harrison Ford stepped in; John McTiernan was not returning and was replaced by Phillip Noyce, and finally Larry Ferguson was replaced by W. Peter Iliff as co-screenwriter with Donald Stewart. When the film was released, it was obvious that something was wrong.

So why did the film perform as bad as it did? Because this is the dumbest Tom Clancy adaptation ever, all thanks to these changes, especially the moronic liberties they took in ignoring and altering the basic motivations which were laid out in the book. Jack Ryan (Harrison Ford) gets pissed while watching IRA fuckers attacking one of the Royals, he saves the day helps bust one of the terrorists, Sean Miller (Sean Bean), and kills Millerís brother. Ryan is a hero but also a target as Miller, who later escapes British imprisonment thanks to his friend/partner Kevin OíDonnell (Patrick Bergin) is hell-bent on revenge on both Ryan and his family.

I could rip this film to shreds based on the aberrations they inflicted on the book, which is one of the best techno-political thrillers out there, but that would be missing the point. So letís take the film as it is, is it actually any better? No, because now, itís a typical revenge film with some gadgetry and almost no character developments or insights into the several political connections and motivations that it makes (the whole IRA structure or a bit more on the IRAís fight against the British), and ultimately lead off into nothing. Richard Harrisís character of an IRA fundraiser is completely flat. Not to mention that the film is full of potholes and implausible moments enough to make your stomach kick: A member of the Royal family holding a government position, gimme a fucking break; Members of the royal family canít hold government positions, damn it. The royal family heading off with no armed escort, oh gee this Royal must be some true dumb-fuck. The mole at the Royalís house, absolutely predictable; if the British Police didnít see this guy within half-a-mile, then they must be the stupidest police organization at that time until the FBI showed their incompetence of hiring an IRA terrorist to track down a known assassin. The boat chase scene Ė ok, my head is hurting.

This film also has to be one of the dumbest executions ever by a director; in other words, Noyce had no fucking clue what he was doing or had no idea how to do an action film. And it shows, whenever an explosion is made, its shot either at the distance or the object blown up is never shown, like the case of the scene where Sean gets freed. Rarely do you see somebody get his brains shot off or whatever and that omission takes the punch out of those scenes. The big fucker was the ďWar game roomĒ scene in which supposedly itís a satellite view of the SAS forces taking out a terrorist camp where supposedly Miller and the boys are, the scene is completely chopped up and the infrared view prevents us further from knowing what the hell is going on. Why the fuck didnít they interplay this scene with actual action going on? Truly annoying.

Harrison Ford is alright, but he doesnít hold a candle to Alec Baldwin; his Jack Ryan is a little more hardened, inflexible and just doesnít give the necessary emotion that heís supposed to give as a man loving of his wife and daughter. Anne Archer as Cathy Ryan is passable, though her character needs work. Sean Bean though, shows some real screen presence and emotion and was truly a talent to watch for back then.

In the end, this film is probably only suited to die-hard Tom Clancy/Jack Ryan fans; that is if they can accept the shit thatís floating around. Personally I canít look at this film without cringing. Pretty much a waste of what was actually a great Tom Clancy thriller. This should be shown in film schools as an example of how NOT to write and direct an action movie. 2-5

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originally posted: 10/24/04 04:57:09
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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: **Ĺ (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
IF YOU'VE SEEN THIS FILM, RATE IT!
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USA
  05-Jun-1992 (R)

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Australia
  02-Feb-1993




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