The Sum of All Fears

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Paramount Released 2002

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Director:
Phil Alden Robinson
Released:
2002
Rating:
PG-13

The Sum of All Fears starts when a nuclear bomb is found in Syria and unwittingly sold to an arms dealer. When a new man, Alexander Nemerov (Ciar''n Hinds) ascends to the presidency of Russia, Central Intelligence calls in Jack Ryan (Ben Affleck) to take a look around Russia. On a routine inspection of weapons facilities in Russia, Ryan and his boss notice three nuclear scientists are missing, all with false cover stories. Meanwhile, the nuclear bomb unearthed in Syria has ended up in the hands of an Austrian neo-nazi named Richard Dressler (Alan Bates). Ryan discovers the three missing scientists dead, and works on tracing their path. As he does this, Dressler has already initiated his plan - shipping the bomb to the US hidden in a cigarette vending machine. In a massively escalating situation, the bomb goes off and the U.S. President communicates with the Russian President even as rogue Russian air force members cripple a US aircraft carrier. Ryan has to figure out who sent the bomb to the US before the President issues the order to retaliate against Russia.

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  • 80

    Variety Robert Koehler

    Director Phil Alden Robinson -- has done just about everything he can do to build a sleek, involving and -- for a few minutes -- terrifying movie that can get viewers past the youn...

  • 70

    Los Angeles Times Kevin Thomas

    Has vast scope, unflagging energy, a rousing Jerry Goldsmith score and a horrendous disaster sequence that conveys much in discreet fashion in keeping with post-Sept. 11 sensibilit...

  • 40

    The New York Times Stephen Holden

    It's a striking measure of the nervousness of the country right now that a movie so full of holes should be as gripping as it is, at least for its first two-thirds, after which it ...

Morgan Freeman

Morgan Freeman

DCI William Cabot

James Cromwell

James Cromwell

President Fowler

Ben Affleck

Ben Affleck

Jack Ryan

Philip Baker Hall

Philip Baker Hall

Defense Secretary David Becker

Bruce McGill

Bruce McGill

National Security Advisor Revell

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