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January 14, 2018
An intriguing action thriller lead by Ford who gives a strong, yet vulnerable performance. Some great twists and turns lead to a solid ending where of course ***spoiler alert**** Sean Bean dies.
½ December 18, 2017
Director Phillip Noyce's second entry in the "Jack Ryan" franchise is definitely not as narratively deft as 1990's "Red October," but a slog of a film this definitely is not. In fact, "Patriot Games" marks a solid effort in not only the Tom Clancy cinematic catalog, but the spy thriller sub-genre in general, offering up a charismatic lead performance from Harrison Ford, a number of satisfying set pieces (including a truly impactful finale), a healthy dose of espionage intrigue, and a tantalizing series of cat-and-mouse-esque revenge elements that end up tying the whole movie together overall. Definitely a little more by-the-numbers than I would prefer at times, but still mostly watchable, entertaining, and even thrilling most other times.
December 12, 2017
Fun crime Thriller featuring Harrison Ford as Jack Ryan for the first time. He thwarts n assassination by the IRS on the British Monarchy, and now he must suffer the consequences of an IRA assassin getting his revenge. The whole plot it's a bit far-fetched but certainly entertaining. and that ending with the two boats in a raging storm has to be seen to be believed.
October 28, 2017
Terrific but Clear and Present Danger was way better!
September 14, 2017
A good thriller - slightly showing its age but good nonetheless.
½ August 12, 2017
I expected it to be better but it's still enjoyable. Harrison did an amazing job, as always.
½ July 24, 2017
4.5/5. An excellent thriller with a great performance from Harrison Ford, an awesome villain in Sean Bean, and a solid supporting cast, including Samuel L. Jackson and James Earl Jones. It's close, but I think Patriot Games is superior to Hunt for Red October.
½ July 14, 2017
My favorite Jack Ryan movie and still one of Harrison Ford's best action movies. Even though, technically, Jack is more of a beta than an alpha. He's a CIA analyst whom is accidentally turned into a man of action when he foils a terrorist plot to kidnap royalty. Tom Clancy May distanced himself from this flick since, in his opinion, it strayed too far from his novel. It's like this, if you are more about the inner workings of the CIA and the technical jargon, go for the novel. If you want an entertaining action thriller with an amazing cast led by one of the best leading men to ever live? See the movie.
½ July 9, 2017
Patriot Games tends to drag in it's middle portion and doesn't offer the dramatic climax that the beginning hints at, but the film exceeds in it's direction, tension, and great leading man Harrison Ford, making a suitably entertaining and competently made thriller.
May 20, 2017
Entertaining and well made. An unusual adversary in the IRA, but compelling nonetheless.
½ March 5, 2017
A great political thriller, with a great performance by Harrison Ford. The last third of the movie falls into the trap of generic 80s revenge movies.
February 12, 2017
one of the best jack ryan adaptations
½ September 8, 2016
Solid and still enjoyable. Lots of action and a decent message make it fun to watch.
August 27, 2016
A very good action/spy adventure, it would have been better save for its heavy-handed ending.
August 13, 2016
One of the many Harrison Ford thrillers during the late 80s and 90s. Starting off pretty good with pure extremists terror and with both balls and guts. At the time (92) uprising actor Sean Bean giving it all into taking down Ford. Changing his actually strong ideological standpoint and turning it in to a political vendetta. The last 30 minutes the movie itself, loses all credibility with a very monstreous action kamikaze ending.
July 28, 2016
It has an interesting story, good acting from all involved, and some great action. Harrison Ford really is great as Jack Ryan. It's a typical Ford film, and that basically means it's brilliant.
June 3, 2016
good actioner & another lost review!!!!!
May 3, 2016
Patriot Games (1992) ???
Slam-bang action entertainment has Harrison Ford forced to protect his family from renegade faction after he stopped an IRA assassination. Lost of interesting plot turns and dilemmas. Ford is fine in action-packed, very exciting action movie which only falters at the final chase scene, that seems more appropriate to Indiana Jones. Second of the "Jack Ryan" series by Tom Clancy.
April 9, 2016
It's more of a political drama/thriller than an action movie which, given the marketing, will be disappointing for some people but with an awesome cast and a pretty intense third act, it delivers.

February 29, 2016
I feel like the movie, Patriot Games, directed by Phillip Noyce was a good movie. If I were to rate the movie out of five, I would give the movie a four out of five. The movie did a good job following the book, but they left out some big parts and other small parts of the book.
The beginning of the movie had some action because Ryan got in a gunfight with the IRA terrorists who were trying to assassinate the Royal family. Then after the assassination attempt was stopped by Ryan, the movie slowed down. They had Ryan in the hospital, then sent home to Maryland, and then continuing to live his life until he gets the news that the captured IRA terrorist got out of police custody. After Ryan got the news, the suspension was building up.
You watched Sean Miller plot his revenge on Ryan and his family for killing his younger brother. Sean had some of his people try to kill Ryan outside of his work while Sean went after Ryan's wife and daughter. Since Ryan killed Miller's brother, he would kill Ryan's wife and daughter. After Miller tried to kill Ryan's wife and daughter the suspense kept on building. As the movie went on, you started to think when would Miller try to kill Ryan.
Then at the end of the movie, it took place at Ryan's house. Miller and his people went to kill Ryan. Ryan and his people were looking through his house, but because Ryan was apart of the Marines he knew how to evade an enemy. Ryan's wife and daughter were upstairs hiding because one of Miller's people was on there way up. When the IRA member got closer to where Ryan's wife and daughter was, you started to think if something was going to happen to them, but they are main character so you knew nothing was going to happen to them. Ryan and family evaded the IRA members and ran away from the house. Ryan and his family ran to the boats they own and Ryan decided that he would make Miller think they all went on the boats. You knew in this ending scene that one of them is going to live or both of them will die.
Miller's people thought their mission was the Prince of Wales who was visiting Ryan, but Miller's mission was to kill Ryan. Miller and his people saw that Ryan was the only one on the boat so the IRA members told Miller that their mission was to get the Prince, but they ended getting killed because they tried to tell Miller to turn the boat around. You didn't expect that Miller would kill his own people. It was a jaw dropping moment. Miller kept going with the mission. Miller caught up with Ryan and jumped on his boat. They started to fight it out on a moving boat on the ocean during a storm. The adrenaline was rushing watching and waiting to see what happens. In the end, Ryan ends of pushing Miller into an anchor and killing him.
Like I said in the intro, the movie did a good job following the book, but left out some big parts of the book. In the book, while Ryan was in the hospital, the doctor said that Ryan had nerve damage in his shoulder and might not be able to use his arm. In the movie, they had Ryan in the hospital for a few days then sent him home. In the movie, after Ryan gets back home asks Ryan if he wants to work at the CIA again as an analyst, but Ryan says no until his wife and daughter are sent to the hospital after being attacked. In the book, Ryan is asked to work again at the CIA and Ryan decided to work there part-time. Then in the book, after Ryan's wife and daughter are attacked and are sent to the hospital, Ryan is surprised to see his father-in-law there because they haven't spoken for three years. In the movie, Ryan's father-in-law was never there. A smaller part that was in the book, but not in the movie is that Miller was helped by an African-American terrorist organization.
Then at the ending of the book, the Prince and Princess of Wales came to visit and have dinner with the Ryan's. Then Robby and Sissy Jackson came over too. They got the news that there were shootings near by. In the movie, only the Prince of Wales went to the Ryan's, but both Robby and Sissy Jackson went too. Then there was no shootings in the area too. In the final part of the movie, Miller and his IRA members broke into Ryan's home to kill Ryan and take the Prince of Wales. Ryan, his family, the Prince, and the Jackson's escaped the house and ended up leading Miller to the boats. Ryan took one of the boats to let the others escape. Miller and his IRA members took the other boat and chased Ryan. Miller and his people realized that the others weren't with Ryan. They tried to turn the boat around, but ended up getting killed because they would of stopped Miller's mission. Miller caught up with Ryan and jumped into his boat. Ryan and Miller started to fight.
At the end of the fight, Ryan killed Miller by pushing him into an anchor. Ryan saw that they were about to crash into a rock so he jumped off. The FBI hostage rescue team was looking for the boat, but didn't have any luck until they saw the explosion from boat. In the book, the Prince pilots the boat and heads to Annapolis Naval Academy where military personnel help.
This movie did a good job following the book, but left out some big parts. It got stale at some parts of the movie, but it was pretty good overall. Like I said, I would give it a four out of five. The actors and actresses were good, but they probably could've found some other actors or actresses.
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