The Harrison Ford Thriller Sequel On Netflix That’s Better Than The Original

By Charlene Badasie | Updated

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Harrison Ford in Clear and Present Danger

The 1994 action-thriller Clear and Present Danger is currently streaming on Netflix. The film, directed by Phillip Noyce, is based on Tom Clancy’s 1989 novel of the same name. It stars Harrison Ford as Jack Ryan, reprising his role as the character from the previous Clancy adaptation, Patriot Games. Willem Dafoe, Anne Archer, Joaquim de Almeida, Henry Czerny, Benjamin Bratt, and Raymond Cruz also star.

Clear and Present Danger follows Jack Ryan, now serving as Deputy Director of Intelligence for the CIA, as he becomes involved in a covert war against a Colombian drug cartel led by the ruthless Ernesto Escobedo (Miguel Sandoval). When a close friend of the President of the United States (Donald Moffat) is murdered by cartel members, Ryan is tasked with investigating the incident.

Harrison Ford stars in Tom Clancy’s Clear and Present Danger, and you can watch it on Netflix.

Ryan discovers that the CIA has been funding an anti-drug paramilitary group operating in Colombia without the knowledge of the President or Congress. As Ryan digs deeper into the situation, he uncovers a web of deception and betrayal. With Escobedo’s cartel expanding its reach, Ryan must navigate the dangerous waters of international espionage to expose the truth and protect American interests.

Harrison Ford as Jack Ryan in Clear and Present Danger

Clear and Present Danger was produced by Mace Neufeld and Robert Rehme, with the screenplay adapted by Donald E. Stewart and Steven Zaillian. Principal photography occurred in various locations, including the United States, Mexico, and the Philippines. The film had a budget of approximately $62 million, making it one of the most expensive projects of its time.

Clear and Present Danger remains a notable entry in the Jack Ryan film series and a classic in the action-thriller genre.

The film performed exceptionally well at the box office, grossing over $200 million worldwide, solidifying the status of Clear and Present Danger as a major commercial success. The movie also received positive reviews from critics who praised Harrison Ford’s performance as Jack Ryan. The action sequences were also hailed for creating tension and excitement throughout the story.

Clear and Present Danger currently holds an 81 percent approval rating on review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes, with critics appreciating the film’s exploration of political intrigue and moral dilemmas. The audience score stands at an equally impressive 74 percent based on over 50,000 viewer ratings. The site’s general consensus says the movie perfected the formula established in earlier installments.

Clear and Present Danger

Interestingly, Harrison Ford was the second actor to play Jack Ryan in the film adaptations of Tom Clancy’s novels. Alec Baldwin played the character in The Hunt for Red October before Ford took over in Patriot Games and Clear and Present Danger. Ben Affleck took over the role in 2002’s The Sum of All Fears, which rebooted the film series with a younger version of Jack Ryan.

Composer James Horner provided the score for Clear and Present Danger, which contributed to its tension and suspense. The movie remains a notable entry in the Jack Ryan film series and a classic in the action-thriller genre. Its complex plot continues to make it a compelling watch for audiences interested in espionage and suspense.

Harrison Ford After Clear And Present Danger

After his role in Clear and Present Danger in 1994, Harrison Ford enjoyed a successful and varied career in Hollywood. In 1995, he starred in the romantic comedy Sabrina alongside Julia Ormond and Greg Kinnear. The film was directed by Sydney Pollack and offered Ford a departure from his typical action and adventure roles.

While not directly after Clear and Present Danger, The Fugitive is worth mentioning as it was a critical and commercial success. Ford played the lead role of Dr. Richard Kimble, a man wrongfully accused of murder. In 1997, Ford took on the role of the President of the United States in Air Force One, where his character fights terrorists who hijack a plane.

Several other notable films followed Clear and Present Danger. However, Ford’s most recent projects include Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destinyreleased in May 2023. Reprising his role as the titular adventurer, the story sees Indy race against time to find a legendary dial that can change the course of history before the Nazis.

Ford will next be seen in Captain America: Brave New World as Thaddeus “Thunderbolt” Ross. The movie is produced by Marvel Studios and is the fourth installment in the Captain America film series. Directed by Julius Onah from a script he co-wrote with Malcolm Spellman and Dalan Musson, the story sees Sam Wilson (Anthony Mackie) take up the mantle of Captain America.

The cast of Captain America: Brave New World also includes Danny Ramirez, Carl Lumbly, Tim Blake Nelson, Shira Haas, Harrison Ford, and Liv Tyler. The movie is set for release on July 26, 2024. But for now, fans can catch Harrison Ford in Clear and Present Danger on Netflix.