The Sum of All Fears

There’s a great T shirt at Threadless, printed on the front it says “Movies – Ruining the Book since 1920”

Over the last couple of weeks I have read Tom Clancy’s The Sum of All Fears Book and also seen the movie.  Its interesting to compare the book to the film.  After finishing the book you could almost say that they are different stories.  In case you haven’t read the book or seen the film I won’t reveal too much.

What’s the same

In both film and book terrorists have discovered a Israeli nuclear weapon and re engineered it into a bomb with which they intend to destroy the superbowl.  The main characters are also the same in the book and film.

What’s Different

The book focuses on the manufacter of the bomb, the political situation in Russia and also contains a lot of back story relating to other characthers from previous books such as the Maine Submarine crew.  The film contains a lot less characthers and all of the key Characthers are at the centre of the action.  For example the main characther Jack Ryan is based in Langley for almost the entire book but in the film is out in Baltimore where the bomb is.

What do I think

I actually think that the film is a great adaptation of the book.  As film and book are so different you can see/read both and it not affect your viewing/reading pleasure.  I’m on to Debt of Honor next!

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