CINEMA: Clear and Present Thriller

The latest Tom Clancy adaptation is forceful and even coherent

What do Jack Ryan, a spectacularly energetic CIA operative, and a spectacularly sedentary movie reviewer have in common? In the end, both of them have to make an audience of clueless innocents understand the incredibly complex series of events related in Clear and Present Danger -- and keep them alert in the process.

As Jack, played by Harrison Ford, will ultimately testify before a Senate committee, it all starts with a President and his men deciding to insert a small guerrilla force into Colombia to hit one of the cocaine cartels. This is done in deep secrecy, and among those left...

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