This is the third movie with Jack as its hero, so he is a known quantity -- a humanist spook with an overdeveloped moral sense -- but Ford, playing the part for the second time, knows how to keep his earnestness fresh.
Narrative complexity and momentum make this a true cinematic equivalent of an absorbing page-turner.
There's a glimmer of interest in the film's ideological contortions, but as a commercial action thriller this is inflated and sluggish.
In a film that opens with the sight of a waving American flag, subtlety may not be foremost on anyone's mind. But Mr. Ford's wary intelligence does wonders for a potentially one-dimensional character.
| Original Score: 3/4
For what it is, Clear and Present Danger is fun to sit through.
The film seems to have its pulse on some peculiarly modern varieties of madness.
[Noyce] dramatizes Tom Clancy's obsessively detailed plot in a straightforward fashion while staging spectacular showpieces of action.
An absorbing, if overlong adaptation of Tom Clancy's bestseller.
The uneven flow is as likely to lead to a snoozing viewer as to one on the edge of their seat.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
| Original Score: C+