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THE SUM OF ALL FEARS

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The Sum of All Fears

type:
Movie
Current Status:
In Season
mpaa:
PG-13
runtime:
124 minutes
Wide Release Date:
05/31/02
performer:
Ben Affleck, Alan Bates, James Cromwell, Morgan Freeman, Philip Baker Hall, Bridget Moynahan, Ron Rifkin, Liev Schreiber
director:
Phil Alden Robinson
distributor:
Paramount Pictures
author:
Paul Attanasio
genre:
ActionAdventure, Mystery and Thriller, Drama

We gave it a B-

Ben Affleck smartly takes over the role of CIA analyst Jack Ryan in The Sum of All Fears, a world-detonation thriller that is at once urgent and lazy — benefiting from its connection to current events and also, by the end, suffering from it. The first half has been put together with a good deal of paranoid urgency. Once it gooses our deepest dread, though, the movie has nowhere to go. Morgan Freeman, as the CIA director, and Affleck demonstrate a seasoned team’s nimbly cutting spontaneity.