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Air Force One
The fate of a nation rests on the courage of one man.
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.
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…
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.
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.
The #90s run continues. Air Force One could easily be half an hour shorter, but it's still an action-packed and effective thriller.
All the best action movies have a very strict formula that they have to stick to in order to be considered a success. With regards to Air Force One, I’d like to briefly tackle this formula by breaking it down into its five constituent parts. These are:
1. A ludicrous storyline / situation.
2. A neoconservative backdrop, into which said storyline can comfortably slot.
3. A pantomime villain and a hero whom it is impossible to dislike.
4. A cliché-ridden and jingoistic, yet hugely quotable script.
5. An epic soundtrack.
Allow me to begin, as one should, with the first two points on the above checklist. Dragged kicking and screaming out of the eighties, Air Force One is a…
It's a shame a great guy like Wolfgang Peterson was into the making such a propagandistic, Americans-are-the-greatest-saviors-of-the-Earth kind of film, usually plagued with the same kind of patriotic music. But he nevertheless proved he still had the talent at creating tension powerfully in a bland story through immaculate and exciting dialog exchanges, good action, good pacing and an amazing film-editing. Is erroneous and visual effects don't match the brilliance set by other films like Titanic, but is a really fun and joyous watch. The leading role was made for Harrison Ford and I've always loved how he breathes life in his character simply with his personality. His dialog work further elevates it to a new level. Apart from his irritating love for his family in the film, everything else about him was cooool.
I'm drunk ,this movie is too fucking long and a soft R. Also, Harrison Ford has previous military experience and expertise??? Bullshit. He wouldn't of got elected and that ruins it all. CGI planes. 1997. Long movie. Fuck. Happy 4th
I know that you could argue that there are several problems with this movie. That being said, I love it. I haven't watched it in years and decided to commemorate the week of the 4th of July by giving it another round. It's still awesome. Edge-of-your-seat entertainment. The only thing that I really have a problem with is the CGI at some points. Most movies from this time that attempted a few slick shots utilizing CGI have not aged well. It's easy to forgive and certainly doesn't take me out of the action. Love it.
A better DIE HARD film than anything post-VENGEANCE, AIR FORCE ONE is a very entertaining 'what if terrorists hijacked the President's plane?' scenario, that perhaps helped inspire the TV series 24.
Xander Berkeley and Glenn Morshower from that Fox show both appear in Wolfgang Petersen's movie, giving the theory added credence (although both just have 'the look' for Secret Service types, it's true). You can see it's a clear antecedent of other POTUS-imperilled hits like WHITE HOUSE DOWN/OLYMPUS HAS FALLEN, too.
This film is ludicrously jingoistic throughout, but there was unexpected comfort in re-watching a pre-9/11 film that had a simpler 'good vs evil' mentality; behaving like a throwback to something from the Cold War '80s.
Harrison Ford and Gary…
It's an entertaining 90s Die Hard knockoff with a really solid cast and goofy moments that make you laugh here and there. The ending feels like it goes on longer than it should and past its peak, but it doesn't diminish the entertainment value too much.
"GET OFF MY PLANE!"
Harrison Ford as the president? Check. Gary Oldman once again playing a 90s villain? Check. Die Hard on a plane? Check.
All those ingredients make this a fun action thriller with far better acting than most 90s action movies have.
Harrison Ford stars as the President whose airplane is taken over by a Russian terrorist (Oldman).
A competently written action film that isn't directed as well as it should've been, but enjoyable nonetheless.
This is undoubtedly Wolfgang Peterson's best action film and second best film overall behind The Perfect Storm.
Appearances can sometimes be deceptive. While Air Force One may immediately seem like a light-hearted popcorn blockbuster (complete with excessive patriotism), it sets somewhat higher aspirations for itself. It's a serious, and even grim thriller where the lives of others matter, and the death of the innocent leaves no morbid pleasure.
Russian terrorists, angered by the recent capture of their leader, hijack Air Force One and threaten to kill off one passenger every 30 minutes until their orders are fulfilled. Missing among the hostages is President James Marshall, who manages to hide away in an effort to save his wife and daughter, who are currently enduring the worst - and possibly last - plane ride of their life.
Die Hard on air force one, with Harrison Ford as the badass POTUS. Air Force One is a fairly cut and dry high concept '90's action/thriller, with a great cast and nice political overtones but is just overall pretty forgettable. The plot is insanely stupid and improbable and director Wolfgang Peterson does what he can with the material by being able to generate some suspense, but it pales to his earlier and much superior Das Boot. There's only so much tension one can glean from Harrison Ford being stuck in a baggage compartment for a quarter of the film. Gary Oldman is a hoot as the hilarious token Russian separatist villain. Also of note are the downright awful special effects; the majority of the film's budget must of went to the cast because the CGI is laughably bad and obvious.
Becoming increasingly dated - the effects are very 90s, as is the political subtext - it still packs a punch, particularly in the first hour when Ford is doing his John McClane on a plane.
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