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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.

The Sum of All Fears
type
  • Movie
genre
mpaa
  • PG-13
runtime
  • 124 minutes
director
  • Phil Alden Robinson

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