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'The Sum of All Fears' (2002)
I'm not exactly sure why we decided to do "Sum of All Fears" for the praise-worthy Jack Ryan reboot when we could just as easily have done "Patriot Games," in which Alec Baldwin metamorphosed into Harrison Ford for two wildly successful films. And this Jack Ryan film wasn't successful enough to launch a new run of Ben Affleck-centric films, leading to a decade fallow and an upcoming reboot starring Chris Pine. That being said, "Sum of All Fears" is a surprisingly audacious political thriller that packed extra punch as one of the first films to tackle this sort of catastrophic terrorist event in the aftermath of 9/11. It's hard to know how the movie plays today, but in 2002, it was a powerful punch in the gut. Phil Alden Robinson's direction is taut and Paul Attanasio's screenplay is smarter than it probably needs to be. And if Affleck is only passable, the cornucopia of character actors in the supporting cast -- James Cromwell, Bruce McGill, Philip Baker Hall and, if you choose to count him, Morgan Freeman -- elevates the proceedings.