Not only was author Tom Clancy, who died October 1 at age 66, one of America’s prolific writers – he was also one of our most popular. Concentrating on spies and espionage, several of his projects have made it to the big and small screen — including video games that grew out of his Red Storm Entertainment. Eventually bought by Ubisoft, film adaptations of games like “Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell” and “Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon” are in the works. While we will have to wait for reviews of these movies to come in, here’s a look at what Variety critics thought of some other works that bore his name.
The Hunt for Red October (1990)
Variety’s review: Tom Clancy’s 1984 Cold War thriller has been thoughtfully adapted to reflect the mellowing in the US-Soviet relationship.
Patriot Games (1992)
Variety’s review:Paramount’s “Patriot Games” is an expensive stiff. Mindless, morally repugnant and ineptly directed to boot, it’s a shoddy followup to Par’s 1990 hit “The Hunt for Red October.”
Clear and Present Danger (1994)
Variety’s review: Narrative complexity and momentum make this a true cinematic equivalent of an absorbing page-turner.
Tom Clancy’s OP Center (1995)
Variety’s review: Apparently bucking for a series or vidpic franchise, the high-powered producers of this two-parter can rest assured they’ve established a solid premise and viable characters.
The Sum of All Fears (2002)
Variety’s review: Jack Ryan reverses the aging process, and the Cold War stubbornly returns with a vengeance in “The Sum of All Fears,” a film that’s a more satisfying whole than are some of its curious parts.