Sum of All Fears, The

MPAA Rating: PG-13

Entertainment: +3

Content: -2 1/2

Based on Tom Clancys novel, this political thriller may disappoint avid fans of the book. In the book, Clancy hero Jack Ryan has risen through the ranks from CIA analyst to Director, but the film takes Jack back to the beginning of his career as a virtually unknown intelligence analyst. When Nemerov (Ciarn Hinds) suddenly becomes President of Russia, U.S. President Robert Fowler (James Cromwell) turns to the CIA for information about the new leaders political views. CIA Director William Cabot (Morgan Freeman) looks to analyst Jack Ryan (Ben Affleck), who wrote a previous brief about the Russian. Cabot takes Ryan to Moscow on an Arms Limitation inspection that turns up suspicious data. But when a nuclear device is exploded in Baltimore, injuring Cabot, Ryan has little time to discover the real enemy before the U.S. and Russia launch a deadly nuclear exchange. Fans of political thrillers may enjoy this updated FAIL SAFE, but the terrorist aspect may remind too many of the attacks on New York.

Along with the implied death of thousands in the nuclear explosion, numerous violent acts occur throughout the film. Bloody injuries, dead bodies, and graphic burn wounds share time with explosions, fires and military attacks. Although more limited than some films, the intense situation invokes many profanities and several obscenities from the characters. Despite promoting action based on knowledge rather than fear, graphic violence and obscene dialogue in THE SUM OF ALL FEARS doesnt add up to a positive view.

Preview Reviewer: Paul Bicking
Paramount Pictures, 5555 Melrose Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90038

The following categories contain objective listings of film content which contribute to the subjective numeric Content ratings posted to the left and on the Home page.

Crude Language: Several (8) times Mild 6, moderate 2

Obscene Language: Several (8) times F-word 1, s-word 6, other 1

Profanity: Many (16) times Regular 12 (GD 10, J, C sake, G sake); exclamatory 4 (OMG, OG 3)

Violence: Many times Moderate and severe (heart attack/ fall into hole, choking death, dead bodies w/bloody wounds, explosions/ fires, car wrecks, helicopter crash, military attack on ship, graphic burn wounds, hanging body, hits, kicks, throat cut off screen, shooting)

Sex: Once Implied (unmarried couple kissing in bed)

Nudity: None

Sexual Dialogue/Gesture: Few times (suggestive comments by couple, crude comment about activity)

Drugs: Few times cigarette smoking, alcoholic drinks, joke about smoking marijuana on job

Other: Swastika on mans watch, references to terrorists joining forces, man encourages action based on knowledge rather than fear

Running Time: 119 minutes
Intended Audience: Older teens and adults

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