Patriot Games Reviews
Jack Ryan: I don't know. I wasn't thinking.
Lt. Cmdr. Robby Jackson: That's it? You sound like some of my students.
Jack Ryan: It just pissed me off. I couldn't just stand there and watch him shoot those people right in front of me. It was... rage. Pure rage... Just made me mad.
Lt. Cmdr. Robby Jackson: Here's hoping you never get mad at me, man.
The second Tom Clancy/Jack Ryan film. Here Alec Baldwin's Jack Ryan has been recast to be played by Harrison Ford, who is good, if a little old for the part. The movie is a revenge driven action film that strips away the plot complexities of Clancy novels in favor of action. That being said, the film stretches its plot pretty thin and doesn't become very enjoyable.
As mentioned, Ford is Jack Ryan. He is in London with his family, when he witnesses an attempted IRA assassination. Ryan is able to become involved, killing one of the assassins in the process. Bad new for Jack arises, when the assassin is shown to be the brother of one of the other assassins, played by Sean "why can't you play more good guys" Bean.
Following the inevitable prison escape, Jack Ryan must now fight to prevent revenge from being taken on him and his family.
What the movie benefits from is its lead actors. Ford is always capable, conveying the emotion of a man who doesn't like violence, but is forced to use it. Bean is equally good as the villain and the movie provides a good amount of screen time to developing him as such.
Once again however, the movie is dragged down by stretching its plot out for two hours, without being very elaborate to make it very bearable. The last part is good enough, but also drowns itself in cliches involving sneaking around the darkened house, before jumping into a rainy night speed boat chase sequence.
Its made well enough as a film, but not entertaining enough or very deep as a substitute.
Sean Miller: How's the family, Ryan? Nearly lost 'em, didn't you? It's easy to get at them. You should look after your family better, you know? Are you there?
Jack Ryan: Yeah.
Sean Miller: I understand your little girl's feeling better, eh? Lost her spleen though, eh? Pity, that. Make it a mighty tough on her to fight off infection, eh Jacky?
Jack Ryan: You sick son of a bitch!