The Menace Is Missing

TITLE: PATRIOT GAMES

DIRECTOR: PHILLIP NOYCE

WRITERS: DONALD STEWART, W. PETER ILIFF AND STEVEN ZAILLIAN

THE BOTTOM LINE: A star turn and smart action sequences enliven an otherwise abstract film.

Harrison Ford is like one of those sports cars that advertise acceleration ! from 0 to 60 m.p.h. in three or four seconds. He can go from slightly broody inaction to ferocious reaction in approximately the same time span. And he handles the tight turns and corkscrew twists of a suspense story without losing his balance or leaving skid marks on the film. But maybe the best and most interesting thing...

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