American President James Marshall (Harrison Ford) is flying home from Moscow with his family and entourage on the presidential plane Air Force One. After posing as journalists to get on board, a group of terrorists, led by Ivan Korshunov (Gary Oldman), seize control of the craft. They threaten to kill everyone on board unless their leader, General Radek, is released from prison by the White House. It seems that Marshall has escaped in a pod, but in reality he has concealed himself in the hold. After telephoning the White House on his mobile phone with instructions not to negotiate, Marshall sets about releasing the hostages.
If you can manage to suspend your disbelief for the duration, you won't be disappointed with Air Force One
. Harrison Ford plays a US president who single-handedly employs his rigid anti-terrorism policy when a band of Russian thugs hatch a mid-flight takeover of Air Force One. Gary Oldman, who chews the scenery as the lead terrorist, will shoot a hostage at the slightest provocation. Glenn Close plays the sternly pragmatic vice president who negotiates with Oldman from her Washington seat of power. If you can believe that the aircraft's pressurised cabin can sustain hundreds of rounds of machine-gun fire, you'll buy anything in this entertaining potboiler, especially thanks to Ford's stalwart heroics and some nifty special effects. Director Wolfgang Petersen (Das Boot
) keeps the action moving so fast you won't be sweating the details.--Jeff Shannon, Amazon.com