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Stephen Orr

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He saw it last night at a private screening, and really liked it (not that he's any kind of film expert or anything like that.

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Anyway....

He said that one of the two nuclear blasts in the film comes from a bomb the size of a cigarette pack hidden in a vending machine!
 

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There are a lot of unkind things I could say about Rush Limbaugh, but I 'll stick to the topic at hand.

Mr. Limbaugh should keep his mouth shut and not broadcast plot points of unreleased films.
 

Holadem

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Well, guess what: I just spoiled it for myself by pointing to this thread. The spoiler tag doesn't work in the preview! :angry:
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MickeS

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Holadem, I did the same thing... :frowning:
I hope it's not a major plot point.
The spoiler tag doesn't work in the e-mail reminders either, by the way.
/Mike
 

Rich Malloy

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I'm not interested in the movie - spoil away if you wish - but I am surprised that they show the nuclear blast in the commercials. Maybe it's no give-away here, but usually the question of whether the bomb gets diffused or goes off amounts to at least 20-30 minutes of the film's, er, "suspense".
 

Damian James

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I was bummed that Harrison Ford wasn't in this one. I really enjoyed his performance in previous Clancy flicks.

As for Rush, he should stick to political commentary.
 

Walter Kittel

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Spoiler for Rich, which reveals a plot point of the novel...

The fact that a bomb goes off isn't the surprise. How the bomb goes off is the surprise. At least that's how it went in Clancy's novel.

- Walter.
 

Hakan Powers

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If the movie follows the general tempo as the book, the events leading up to the bomb are not where the tension is. If done right, the bomb should explode roughly 50% into the movie. It's the chaos following the detonation that is really tense.
 

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I've edited the initial post so that the spoiler won't show up in the thread preview.

M.
 

Mark Pfeiffer

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I'm curious if he saw the "final" version since I just saw it last week, but it was a work in progress print. (Why Paramount is showing these to those of us who typically don't see them is beyond me. It's the second time in the last month they've done so.)

Anyway, if you've read this far, I assume you don't mind things being spoiled... Yes, this event occurs around halfway or so through the film.
 

Jason Hughes

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Ugh...who wants to watch a movie about would could (and, sadly likely will) happen someday if some wack-job gets his hands on weapons grade plutonium...

Good book, but I'll probably pass on this one.
 

Danny R

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Just a nitpick, but isn't Rush's spoiler impossible given the laws of physics?

It takes a certain mass of plutonium/uranium to reach critical mass. Federation of American Scientists notes that the smallest critical mass for plutonium is a 10.5 kg sphere 10.1 cm across. That however doesn't take into account the explosives needed to trigger the critical mass in the first place. A briefcase bomb is about the best that one can do I believe. The W54 is our smallest warhead (that we know of), and it weighs 51 lbs and is a LOT larger than a cigarette box.
 

Keith Yatsuhashi

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I'm a Rush fan too. I'm not into his football commentary though. He trashed my NE Patriots! I guess you have to live here to know how remarkable what they did was. Not alot of talent, not a great team, no chance to make it, yet somehow they did.
 

GaryEA

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Anyway, if you've read this far, I assume you don't mind things being spoiled...
I DO mind.

I was reading this thread in its entirety to see what everyone's opinions were about Rush and his spilling the beans, but I haven't opened a single spoiler field yet. I'm interested in the topic, but not enough to prevent my possible enjoyment of the movie.

Please don't make assumptions for all of us and toss plot points out without using the spoiler function. Thank you.
 

John_VI

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Well, unfortunately the movie does NOT follow the book, at least from what I've heard. And the fact that Clancy signed off on the movie is a major problem for me. Doesn't he care about the integrity of his work?

The villans are different, the explosions are different, the plot is different - all in an apparent attempt to not offend Arabs or anyone else. I say CRAP!! Stick the the friggin book or don't make the friggin movie!!!


And Ben Affleck as Jack Ryan is a MAJOR problem for me.
 

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