(out of 5)
Jack Ryan’s first adventure is a fantastic thriller, expertly directed by John McTiernan and brilliantly scripted from the novel by Tom Clancy. Alec Baldwin (the best actor to play Ryan yet) is a CIA operative who is sure that a Russian submarine heading for American waters isn’t in any way hostile. The Americans are getting ready for a hotter-than-cold war to start, while Ryan is convinced that the captain of the Russian submarine (Sean Connery) is trying to defect. The game of mistaken intentions and underwater cat-and-mouse is one of the most entertaining experiences you’ll have in front of a movie screen. The film launched a Jack Ryan franchise, all based on Clancy’s novels, with this still the best of them.
Directed by John McTiernan
Cinematography by Jan de Bont
Produced by Mace Neufeld
Music by Basil Poledouris
Production Design by Terence Marsh
Costume Design by James W. Tyson