The Flaws of All ‘Fears’
Kevin Thomas was far too kind to “The Sum of All Fears” (“A Complex Nuclear Equation,” May 31).
Not only does the cheesy screenplay emphasize all the wrong things (Ben Affleck’s pointless love affair, trucks that won’t start, by-the-book plot mechanisms), we are also struck with Affleck as a lightweight Jack Ryan. This is a 12-year-old Boy Scout going for a merit badge, not a CIA agent in training.
But, most important, “The West Wing” has made it impossible for us to accept the kind of bogus dialogue we are meant to take seriously between the president of the United States and his advisors.