This movie is an action-thriller, a standard one at that. It's a basic revenge story. Ford, a former CIA agent, happens to be on the spot when a radical splinter group of the IRA goes against the IRA agenda and tries to assassinate members of the royal family. Ford intervenes. In the process he kills the younger brother of Sean Bean, a terrorist. Bean takes it into his head to gather his buddies, cross the ocean to Maryland, and dispose of Ford and family. The story gets sidetracked in Act 2 when Ford returns to the CIA fold. That's Tom Clancy's forte, I read, and may explain this part of the movie. Nevertheless, a paean to the capabilities of the CIA and a sequence involving the destruction of a terrorist training camp, seen only on monitors at Langley that illustrates a kind of push button warfare, adds nothing to the story of Bean's deadly attempts. We know what the outcome is going to be, because this movie is not neo-noir. The family man will protect the integrity of his family, even though his daughter has lost her spleen. The CIA will be your friendly, avuncular and intelligent entity represented by James Earl Jones, fully capable of turning off his Darth Vader switch. The "good" IRA guys represented by Richard Harris will even help Ford identify the "bad" IRA guys. Anne Archer will be all smiles to have her husband back and to be ready to give birth to a new family member, whose sex will remain a secret known only to Ford, Archer and their daughter, unless the screenwriter has spilled the beans somewhere else.