Patriot Games (1992)

Philip Noyce directs Harrison Ford, Sean Bean and Anne Archer in this espionage thriller where former-CIA family man Jack Ryan angers a crazy IRA terrorist when he foils an assassination attempt on holiday.

One or two action sequences short of being impressive. What excitement there is is emotionally engaging rather than particularly eventful. That is down to Ford’s star power being so dependably exploited as the lead and Noyce zipping through the doorstep airport novel’s reams of subplots with a nimble confidence. Faultless but nothing special.


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