PATRIOT GAMES is a stolid, reactionary thriller in which the good old nuclear family becomes the last line of defense against that favorite action-movie staple, a group of international terrorists. In this wooden adaptation of Tom Clancy's best-seller, Harrison Ford plays Jack Ryan, an
ex-C.I.A. analyst who single-handedly foils an I.R.A. kidnap attempt while on vacation in London. Ryan kills one of the terrorists, which makes the young man's elder brother, Sean Miller (Sean Bean), really
mad--so mad, he spends the rest of the movie either scowling moodily into the distance, or
trying to do away with Ryan and his family. Just in case there were any doubt abo...