This is the third movie with Jack as its hero, so he is a known quantity -- a humanist spook with an overdeveloped moral sense -- but Ford, playing the part for the second time, knows how to keep his earnestness fresh.
I have always enjoyed this movie. I just recently found out this is by the same director that did Patriot Games,Clear and Present Danger,The Bone Collector,and most recently Salt. If you enjoy any of those movies be sure and check this out.
Oscar nominations it richly deserves, not least for Michael Caine, whose performance as an English reporter goaded out of his comfortable, opium-clouded, ex-pat lifestyle ranks among the very best of his career.