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Russian terrorists conspire to hijack the aircraft with the president and his family on board. The commander in chief finds himself facing an impossible predicament: give in to the terrorists and sacrifice his family, or risk everything to uphold his principles - and the integrity of the nation.
How often do you think Obama turns to someone on Air Force One and says "Get off my plane!" like Harrison Ford? Six, seven times a day?
Whenever this film get's talked about I always seem to remember the line
"Get off my plane"
Such a memorable line that Arnold or Stallone would be proud to say in their film.
Harrison shows he is a great President and it's a shame he is too old to start an campaign right now. Arnold did it so why not him!
The action and effects hold together very well but you can't ignore the American theme (in your face) which is still there.
The sound is incredible to use for a decent sound system, jets,bullets fly from front to back when needed.
What is really ridiculous is Agent Gibbs who we see as a Russian terrorist from the start but…
A perfectly cast, expertly crafted action epic, Wolfgang Petersen's "Air Force" is a thrilling, engrossing piece of work. Starring Harrison Ford as the President of the United States, the film follows the post-"Die Hard" action template of hero-takes-on-bad-guys-in-specific-location but never feels derivative or uninspired. It is full-bodied, fully entertaining spectacle.
The story at work in "Air Force One" is straightforward and streamlined: POTAS's plane is hijacked, and the President is pressed into action. The script is taut, offering early bursts of information that set up the President's character and the film's themes. "Air Force One" observes a leader who commits to tough policy and then is forced to stand by his words to the potential detriment of his family and…
Two words: Kick ass.
Some action films don't exactly get better after each viewing, but "Air Force One" (like "Die Hard" before it) is a rarity. This is a tight, macho, patriotic thriller, featuring Harrison Ford, God bless him, as the President of the United States who doesn't want to be fucked with.
Wolfgang Petersen is a fantastic visual director, and he frames the plane sequences with uncommon finesse. Equipped with terrific, quotable lines of dialogue ("If this works, you get to be Postmaster General"), this is a smart, fast-paced, R-rated blockbuster.
It's expensive '90s Hollywood at its best.
Remember a simpler time? A time when characters could say things like, "Nobody does this to the United States. The President will get his baseball glove back and play catch with this guy's balls!"
Those were the days, when USA was number one and woe to all those who dared to cross her mighty strength.
Perhaps my second favourite line is "I'm counting on you, red, white and blue."
Yes, but of course. When dealing with a crisis situation involving complex aircraft mechanics the best thing to do is to true in the colour of the flags. Because terrorists never win when blind patriotism is on hand.
Simpler times, simpler films. Not the worst and not the best. But certainly unintentionally hilarious at times.
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Die Hard Clones: Air Force One (1997)
Harrison Ford's Die Hard, a movie so overly-patriotic that even U.S president Bill Clinton praised it. When a group of Russian militants (led by one Ivan Korshunov) hijack the president's plane known as Air Force One and take the people inside hostage in exchange for the release of a vicious dictator, U.S. President James Marshall (Ford) is the only man who can stop it. Not only for his country, but for his wife and daughter who are among the many hostages kept on board.
It's well-directed most of the time, expect for the extremely dated CG that's unfortunately WAY too over-used. It's well-cast, with Ford making for a…
Was AIR FORCE ONE the last time Harrison Ford meant something to mainstream audiences? Sure, in the past few years he's had a bit of a career resurgence, but is that due to his popularity as an actor or just that of the iconic characters he's been reprising? Probably the latter, but really, when you consider AIR FORCE ONE is the last film in a twenty year streak that began with STAR WARS in 1977, it's hard to complain that he hasn't had that kind of clout since.
It might be overly patriotic but Harrison Ford and Gary Oldman are so good opposing each other as the good and the bad guy and it might be a bit rediculous at time but it is just an exciting and thrilling ride with president Marshall on board hijacked Air Force One.
"Get off my Plane!" + President Ford (not Gerald Ford lol) + Gary old man as a terrorist = 90s Cheese.
Peli de Domingo.
Can you imagine how many times people have yelled at Gary Oldman to get off their plane?
Harrison Ford 😍
I thought this might be a bit more fun to revisit. It's still as mediocre as I remembered. If it wasn't for Harrison Ford yelling "Get off my plane," I would say it's a total waste of time.
By today's standards Air Force One is ironically grounded. Hollywood action films have largely homogenized between globe trekking explosion-fests or small scale thrillers. Personally I like the medium ground, high action but in a confined space. Die Hard was one of the best at this, and Air Force One is an adaptation of its formula with the President as our underdog hero. The movie fumbles trying to find novelty in setting up the action, but excels at carrying it out after terrorists take control and Ford must sneak around the cargo holds. The movie feels well balanced building tension and raising stakes without its cliches becoming too hammy and predictable.
A large help in that effort lies in the casting.…
An immaculate, if goofy, 90s high concept action thriller. Hard to believe it's longer than 2 hrs as the film rockets by. Snappy yet completely unbelievable script, strong performances from the cast, and the action scenes hold up incredibly well. Really great support from a raft of actors including Xander Berkeley and William H. Macy too. Oldman is ridiculous but also hugely enjoyable.
Every film that has ever been nominated for an Academy Award in any category. Enjoy!