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Ben Affleck: A Movie-By-Movie Guide
The good, the bad and the Gigli

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Ben Affleck: A Movie-By-Movie Guide  | The Sum Of All Fears (2002)
The Sum Of All Fears (2002)

Following in the footprints of Harrison Ford and Alec Baldwin, Affleck makes a credibly rebooted Jack Ryan: younger, more naïve and with more immaculate hair than his wizened predecessors. He’s a convincingly greenhorned CIA analyst trying his darndest to prevent America from getting blown back into the Dark Ages by a combination of nuke-armed neo-Nazis and about 6000 Russian ICBMs. Admittedly, amid the nuclear paranoia, the role largely demands him to pull faces that run the emotional spectrum from ‘quite alarmed’ to ‘very alarmed indeed’, but he does show off a rather snappy Russian accent. He rarely looked likely to carve a niche as an action star, cerebral or otherwise, though, but this very pre-9/11 thriller was already outdated by the time it was released, and was overshadowed by his old mate Matt’s first outing as Jason Bourne.
 

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Quality feature - well worth it just for the last page - I'd never seen either of those two clips. Handsome Men Club was funny, and it was interesting to see all the cameos. However, The "Ben Affleck" video had me in stitches - I don't know how long this has been kicking around the internet, but it's been long time since I've seen something that has had me laughing so much it hurt ! I had to watch it again just to try and spot all the cameos in it.   The fact that Affleck is willing to send himself up like this grants him a lot of respect from me (not that I imagine that matters sp; Top class! More

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