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11 December 2006

[Reel-Reviews] The Sum of All Fears (2 stars)

This is one of those slightly silly terrorist/ nuclear bomb films that Hollywood loves to make. Ben Affleck as the rooky - check.
Morgan Freeman as his knowing boss – check.
A best-selling thriller adaptation – check.
Good cameo turns by familiar faces (in this case James Cromwell and Philip Baker Hall) to keep you guessing what else they’ve been in – check.

Although this might be an odd thing to say, the redeeming feature is that at least the bomb goes off – it does NOT for once fall to Affleck and co. to cut the blue (or is it red?) wire with seconds to go. But overall, it’s nothing more than an average blockbuster thriller/ action fare, suitable for a mindless Saturday night.

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