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Nuclear Bunker Busters
Instant Event Idea
The Sum of All Fears
The successful franchise of Paramount motion pictures
based on novelist Tom Clancy's techno-thrillers featuring heroic
CIA intelligence analyst Jack Ryan stages a much-publicized "do-over"
with this action-adventure that recasts the character of Ryan as
a rookie to the complex game of geopolitical warfare. Ben Affleck
takes the reins from Harrison Ford as Ryan, a greenhorn CIA historian
and analyst who finds himself thrust front and center into the spy
community's spotlight when Nemerov (Ciaran Hinds), a Russian politician
on whom Ryan is an expert, suddenly becomes the leader of the former
Soviet Union upon the current president's unexpected demise. Attached
to the director of the CIA, Cabot (Morgan Freeman), Ryan insists
-- contrary to the opinions of many high-ranking White House officials
-- that Nemerov is not a warmonger. Meanwhile, a cadre of neo-fascists,
led by Dressler (Alan Bates), plots the detonation at the Super
Bowl in Baltimore, MD, of a nuclear device recovered from a long-ago
Israeli fighter jet crash, a terrorist incident they intend to spark
a war between the super powers, leaving them to conquer the world
in the conflict's post-apocalyptic vacuum. The Sum of All Fears
co-stars James Cromwell, Bridget Moynahan, and Liev Schreiber as
covert operative John Clark, a character central to another series
of Clancy's best-selling tomes. ~ Karl Williams, All Movie Guide
1. Examine the means in which the nuclear weapon entered the United
States. Is this a likely possibility? What could be done to stop
2. Is it possible for relations between two major powers, such as
the United States and Russia, to deteriorate as fast as they did
in this movie? Explain your answer.
3. If a situation such as this were to actually happen, a nuclear
strike on the United States, what response do you think would be
warranted and within what kind of time frame?
4. Examine the chaos and breakdown of command and control within
the cabinet after the attack. What could be done to ensure such
things do not happen?
5. Is the plan of counter attack with a nuclear strike in response
to a similar attack, as was suggested by this movie, a reasonable
response on the part of the United States? If so, justify such action.
If not, what other course of action do you think would be appropriate?