Patriot Games

Year: 1992
Studio: Paramount
Director: Phillip Noyce
Writer: Tom Clancy
Cast: Harrison Ford, Anne Archer, Sean Bean, Patrick Bergin, Thora Birch, James Earl Jones, Samuel L Jackson, Richard Harris
The second Jack Ryan adventure, and Harrison Ford's already looking kind of old and tired (Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull is about to be unleashed on the world as I write this, and he's looking decidedly past it in the trailer).

When he interferes with an IRA assassination perpetrated by a very young Sean Bean, he gets a target painted firmly on his head and those of his young families.

While the Irish bad guy (yes, his name's Sean) goes to train in a North African terrorist hideout, Ryan tries to stay one step ahead of his would-be killer, until he realises he has to stand and fight.

After a sweeping, politically-charged and international-style plot, the climax where the two men fight hand to hand on an out of control speedboat seems a little humdrum, but the tension's well maintained.

One the studio hack jobs Phillip Noyce turned his back on after the crisis of conscience that led to Rabbit Proof Fence.

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