Sum of All Fears, The (2002, USA/GER) C-124m. SCOPE ** D: Phil Alden Robinson. Starring Ben Affleck, Morgan Freeman, James Cromwell, Ken Jenkins, Liev Schreiber, Bruce McGill, John Beasley, Philip Baker Hall, Alan Bates, Bridget Moynahan, Josef Sommer, Ciarán Hinds, Ron Rifkin. Tom Clancy adaptation with Affleck taking over Jack Ryan role from Harrison Ford. The CIA man becomes a key figure in a conflict between the U.S. and Russia deliberately created by Neo-Nazi Bates, who is in possession of an old atomic bomb and intends the super-powers to wipe out each other. Script is preposterous, but entertainment and excitement you cannot deny. One of Jerry Goldsmith's last film scores.

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