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The Sum of All Fears /

Rated: PG-13

Starring: Ben Affleck, Morgan Freeman, Bridget Moynahan, Liev Schreiber, Alan Bates 

Directed by: Phil Alden Robinson 

Produced by: Mace Neufeld 

Written by: Akiva Goldsman, Paul Attanasio, Daniel Pynee, Daniel Pyne 

Distributor: Paramount Pictures


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     This is a very unique idea for a movie, even though most people don't think so. I loved The Sum of All Fears beyond explanation. This might be hard to take right after 9/11, but the entertainment industry will be the entertainment industry and how very well they entertain. The three keys to The Sum of All Fears outstanding performance were the acting, drama, and plot. As a whole, this film reigned supreme.

     The acting was wonderful in this movie. Surprisingly, Ben Affleck offered an above average performance in this case. He was a whole lot better here than he was in Changing Lanes! Morgan Freeman brought something exceptional to the table. They made the movie have a certain realism to it, because they played the stereotypical roles of what you'd expect the characters to be like. I would definitely like to thank the casting direct of The Sum of All Fears.

     I loved the drama and suspense constantly building in this film; it captured my undivided attention immensely. The though provoking chills came from the characters and plot binding closer and closer together. As the movie grew on, you gained emotional attachment for the diverse characters. When a movie can make you feel emotional attachment it shows you what a close simulation to real life it is. It's the actors job to help make you feel the attachment.

     Another thing I found wonderful about this film was the story. The writer of the original book, Tom Clancy, is really quite amazing. He writes every day of every week of every year, yet never stops making wonderful action stories. The script was the magic here, as it is in almost every other film ever made! I cannot stress enough about the importance of a good script.

     As a whole, The Sum of All Fears was a remarkable film. Ben Affleck is showing rapid signs of improvement in his acting. Morgan Freeman put on a delightful performance. Clancy offered a delightful (You Know What I Mean) story. And it all tied together to create one heck of a film. The Sum of All Fears is definitely worth your while.


-Danny, Bucket Reviews


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