Patriot Games (1992)


Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5

USA, 1992.  Mace Neufeld Productions, Paramount Pictures.  Screenplay by , , based on the novel by .  Cinematography by . Produced by , .  Music by .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by , .

CIA man Jack Ryan (Harrison Ford, continuing the role that Alec Baldwin created in The Hunt For Red October) becomes the target of revenge after he takes out an IRA terrorist on a visit to Ireland. The victim’s brother () travels to America in order for payback, starting a series of tense situations, high-speed chases and a thrilling climax in the last reel. It’s all really well made, crowd pleasing stuff, but The Fugitive came along a year later and showed that blockbuster action movies could also well afford a lot of class on top of everything else. Anne Archer is excellent as Ford’s doctor wife, and both of them reprise their roles in Clear and Present Danger.

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