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VINE VOICEon 7 August 2014
Only a few select actors can have the honour, in cinema audience’s eyes, of playing the US President with great acclaim. Jamie Foxx and Aaron Eckhart have tried recently and faded into obscurity. Leslie Nielsen even had a go for the ‘Scary Movie’ franchise, but didn’t cut the mustard. Harrison Ford, however, just seems perfect for the part and remains a firm favourite. The everyday family man, politician and former war hero rolled into one make his performance brilliant and a real joy to watch in this taught thriller.

Going up against the electric Gary Oldman who turns from calm freedom fighter to psychotic murder in a heartbeat, Ford spends a good portion of the film almost a nervous, worried wreck of a man. His hands tremble as he comes to terms with the deadly hijacking as he races to find the materials he needs to save those on-board, and his face frowns and grimaces at each gunshot and bone-crunching punch landed. He’s not a willing action hero, he’s a normal man that only Ford can convincingly portray with such power, but he has an imposing and dramatic presence as his bravery increases and his drive never falters; one of the last few “American everyday heroes” of the 1990s.

The strong supporting cast are all very convincing in their roles, from Glenn Close as a strong-willed but desperate Vice President with the dilemma of taking one life to save thousands over her head, and Xander Berkeley as the deceptive and wonderfully cold Agent Gibbs. Oldman however leads the way in another exciting and wild villainous role that allows him to show his dramatic flair and passion when he reveals his intentions and motives behind the hijacking. We are also treated to his talent for action going up against Ford in a few shoot-outs and melee fights which his later films now shy away from, so it’s great seeing what made, and what continues to make, Oldman an untamed but wonderfully talented British gem.

Director Wolfgang Petersen blends his usual mix of action and thriller against a very real political background as much like he did with ‘Das Boot’. The majority of the action takes place on the Air Force One plane and it’s a brilliant set, an almost maze-like funnel of engine rooms, control panels and deceptive living quarters for the team to play cat-and-mouse in. It’s the tension of the counting-down clock for Ford to act upon that provides lots of the thrills here, as his quick thinking communication and ideas to disrupt and distract the terrorist and the plan itself lend to some great action sequences and visual effects, such as the German airfield disaster aversion and the mid-air refuelling crash. All wonderfully epic before CGI dominated films; the few major visual effects here were the payoff for joining this thriller from the start and they are all very memorable even today. The very patriotic soundtrack also accompanies the film very well, but at times overdoing that heroic flourish of brass and strings whenever Harrison Ford appears on screen or does something heroic. But some of the visual effects are a little ropey still, which can only be connected to the time before CGI really took off with ‘The Phantom Menace’ in 1999. So for 1997, it does a good job for what it needs to do in telling a dangerous story and touched up with the dramatic flair we all need from a tongue-in-cheek action film such as this.

Lots of political talk and some over-long cat-and-mouse sequences may prove a little much for those who basically know what is going on and just want to progress without the continuous threat of detection by the terrorists, and it could be trimmed down a little to make it a more smooth ride in the middle act. However that is nothing major to spoil the enjoyment of a stellar cast in a very memorable actioner that takes an original idea, combining it with a unique setting, a strong cast and some exciting action and stunt-work.
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on 14 November 2013
The President goes to Moscow and gives a speech outlining the USA's new "Zero- tolerance" policy with respect to terrorism.

On the flight home, terrorists take over Air Force One, and take the passengers, including his wife and daughter, hostage.

The terrorists plan to execute one hostage every half-hour until their demands are met.

However, the President is Harrison Ford, a former Medal of Honour winner.....

How can anyone hate this movie, if you suspend your disbelief for two hours and try to ignore the blatant patriotism? Its Die Hard on a plane (again), but with Harrison Ford as The President of The USA. The pitch must have been amazing.

Its a no brainier. I cannot think of anyone better for the role, and the casting of Oldman is genius, because at the time, thanks to Leon, The Fifth Element, and True Romance, he was the go to guy for playing the villain, plus he's British, and we all know that Brits are the best Bad Guys (according to Hollywood).

Yes it's a silly film, and the script is cringeworthy (get off my plane is worthy of Schwarzennegar), but the action is solid, Ford will never be better, and Oldman is brilliant, even thought there is one line he spouts in a cockney accent.

And for a two hour movie, it goes at a hectic pace, even when we go through the old round the table stuff with the VP and Dean Stockwell looking serious, like you do in all these types of movies.

Turn off your brains for a couple of hours, and you will be in for a treat...
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VINE VOICEon 28 February 2010
Great action film

I had heard that this film was a preposterously patriotic film for Americans.

In all action films you have to suspend belief so nit picking about whether any of these things could happen is a waste of time. It is just a story.

Once the plane is hi jacked the action is relentless and Harrison Ford is very good as the action hero and Gary Oldman is excellent as the ominous hijacker. He makes a great baddy. there is a tradition in American films to have English actors as the villains and Gary Oldman does this very well even though he is playing a Russian or was it someone from Kazakhstan?

You know that the goodies have to win it is just a question of time and how they are going to do it.

It is also really a cowboy film as it is one man against all the forces of evil and he succeeds just by his sheer ingenuity.

There is nothing that this man does not know.

The realistic parts of the film were when he phoned the White House he was not immediately believed to be the President and he was jerked around by the operator. It was good to see and hear the the president of the United states gets messed around by telephone operators.

Also he sends a fax and no one seems to read it for quite awhile again a true scenario as I send a lot of faxes that never get read or received and I make a lot of phone calls that don't get acknowledged.

In that respects it was a very realistic film.

How many stories would be resolved quicker if someones who swears by modern forms of communication actually answer their phones and read their faxes.

I will quote it to people who complain that I don't carry a mobile phone or send texts or communicate by email on a regular basis.

All in all a very exciting film even though some of the actions and feats were fairly inconceivable. That is what aciton films are all about.

They will be telling me next Clint Eastwood can't really kill five baddies with five shots after a quick draw.

Great film.
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on 24 April 2016
Harrison Ford plays former US President turned airline steward Richard Wamkler in this tense action thriller.

While on board a flight from New York to Ireland, Wamkler thinks he has spotted fifty terrorists sitting in first class who should be seated in economy. What follows is a seriously long and dragged out process where Wamkler must check all their tickets and attempt to resolve the issue with as minimum disruption as possible. Things do not go as planned though when one terrorist kicks off about not having received his in-flight meal.

Ford is wonderful in the role and looks a treat in his orange steward outfit, however he does uncomfortable in the love scenes. I found the scenes where he romances all seven air hostesses a little awkward. It did not help that six of the air hostesses were all played by the same actress (Whoopi Goldberg.)

The special effects are acceptable, I particularly liked the waxwork of Ford that was used for most of his action scenes, though this became less convincing when the skin started to melt halfway through the movie.

Gary Oldman makes a blink and you'll miss it appearance as an airport groundsman. He has no dialogue but can be seen from a distance raising his left arm and gesturing to a landing plane to pull into a docking bay.

If you like action films then this should do the trick and if you like musicals you may also like this because there is a great moment when Ford leads all the passengers in a sing-a-along rendition of Dolly Parton's '9 To Life.'
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TOP 1000 REVIEWERon 2 February 2015
Harrison Ford plays... well, basically Harrison Ford, only he’s President of America. And that’s pretty believable. He’s at his most charming all the way through the film – basically Han Solo crossed with Indiana Jones. It doesn’t take much imagination to see how easily he was ‘elected’ into the White House. But of course the cons of being the most powerful man in the world means that people like Gary Oldman will try and slip on board your plane, take your family hostage and threaten to murder them unless he gets what he wants. In this case... some rogue dictator general needs freeing from prison, but that’s by the by. All that matters is that President Ford (no, that’s not his name, but I can’t remember what it was) is on the loose aboard the presidential plane, Air Force One, and not too happy about the unwanted guests.

When I first went to see Air Force One in the cinema, the film ‘Die Hard’ was at the back of my mind. In Die Hard, Bruce Willis had an entire skyscraper to hide in while he picked off the terrorists one by one. I did wonder whether a film about a man trying to hide in a plane (even Air Force One) would actually be believable. I was wrong. Don’t think that just because the action centres on one (slightly smaller) location that it isn’t brilliantly tense.

It’s an action film, so if you’re into your tense stand-offs and shooting bad-guys, you should love this. There are plenty of decent enough characters, but it’s Harrison Ford who carries the film on his own. Like I say, he’s at his most charming and you can’t help but root for him. And it’s worth mentioning Gary Oldman, who, whereas Ford is at his most charming, Oldman revels in his evil-doings. There’s no mistaking ‘good’ and ‘bad’ in this film.

It’s nearly two hours long, but it doesn’t seem that way. Just like its simple setting, it has an equally simple plot and you don’t really need to use too much brainpower to understand anything. But then that’s its major selling point – it doesn’t try to be anything other than a rocking action film. And, based on that, it succeeds.

And, when Barrack Obama steps down, I really think Harrison Ford should take up the mantle.
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on 7 October 2008
President James Marshall (Ford) is in danger when a group of Russian terrorists take control of Air Force One.

Wolfgang Peterson (In the line of fire) delivers a fast and tense action thriller in which Harrison Ford (Star Wars) gives a good performance as President Marshall alongside a terrific act by Gary Oldman (Dracula) as the lead terrorist Ivan Korshunov.

Ford and Oldman give good performances but the star of the show is Peterson whose action style of direction maintains the tension and delivers excitement and claustrophobia on all the right levels, as does the writing by Andrew Marlowe.

The film gets off to the right start with a group of agents parachuting into General Radek's mansion and kidnapping him, laying down the tone for the plot to take full swing and after an inspirational speech by the President, the real action and intensity begin.

Though perhaps predictable as to what will happen on the plane, there is still an intensity so high and exciting that you can't tear your eyes away as the stakes rise and the drama reaches boiling point.

The narrative flows consistently and creates its own realism and conforms well to the action thriller genre. What is impressive is that the action and intensity never let up and the stakes just keep getting higher and higher until the ultimate climax, and even then it keeps going. Thankfully hardly any clichés get in the way to spoil it.

Peterson's direction helps bring the action to life, but also the characters, and none more so than Oldman's Korshunov, who is a true joy to watch. Like Alan Rickman in Die Hard, Oldman masters the foreign accent and creates that essence of control and evil, matched well by Ford who delivers another exciting action character.

Without these characters, the plot would not have been as exciting or intriguing, and is a credit to Ford and Oldman. Glenn Close (Dangerous Liaisons) also delivers a good character as the Vice President.

If you find the thriller genre hard to digest in terms of realism, you can take comfort in the acting and the characters but ultimately, this is a top notch exciting thriller.

9/10
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on 9 July 2004
There's no denying Harrison Ford's ability to open a movie. Since STAR WARS, he has a whole legion of fans willing to pay good movie to see him on the big screen, regardless of whether or not the flick is good. He's certainly not the greatest actor on the block, but he has one of the best track records for picking entertaining material in the modern film world. AIR FORCE ONE is no exception. It's not at all realistic, struggling at times to retain any sense of believability, has plot holes the size of the Grand Canyon and an ending that you have to see to believe. And yet, it was still able to create enough suspense to keep me gripping the edge of my seat. All due to the acting of both Ford and the always interesting Gary Oldman.
The initial take-over of the plane is frightening and intense. Every flier's worst nightmare. Smoke, gunfire, blood and death are not things you want to see at 30,000 feet. The film then retreats into "Die Hard in the Sky" during the middle section when Ford takes out the bad guys one by one from the storage space below the passenger cabins. "Who's down there? Did the President really leave in the escape pod or could he still be on the plane?" The suspense was just gripping. Not. I would also like to get my hands on the cell phone he had. I wasn't aware they made any that could place a call halfway round the world and with such clear reception. Of course, maybe they're only available to world leaders. There are many inconsistencies at this point in the film, that had me going, "Huh?", but once Ford meets Oldman all judgments get pushed aside.
It's great to see one of cinema's consistently crazy actors going mano-e-mano with one of Hollywood's greatest crusaders. Their scenes together are fabulous with neither man giving an inch to the other. No one does righteous and pissed better than Ford. He's such an honest presence you'll wish he really was running the country. Oldman is the ultimate intelligent, psychotic. A dormant volcano about to blow. A chain saw would be required to cut the tension between them. The plot takes a little too long to get to this point, but their struggle for supremacy is worth the wait. Their are too many other characters to enable them to really shine. Though Glenn Close, as the Vice Pres, and Wendy Crewson, as the First Lady, make the most of their characters and screen time. Close shows women in power can show compassion without sacrificing their strength.
My biggest complaint about the film was it's length...one of my biggest pet peeve's. An action movie should not be more then 2 hours long. Period. Exclamation point. Action movies are not about character development, they're about tempo, explosions and the good guy whipping the bad guy's ass. Yes, we need compelling reasons to love the hero and hate the villain, but AIR FORCE should have spent more time with them than on all the supporting players. It also has a lot of extra footage - the secretary and other hostages parachuting away from the plane, the release of the political leader - that takes away from the one reason audiences went to the theater: Ford beating up Oldman. For a film that mostly takes place on an airplane, Peterson does a good job keeping the suspense up and the action interesting. The stunts are great, except many of them seem to be included merely because they look cool and not for plot value. While not the best Ford or Oldman flick to choose from, their onscreen pairing actually makes it more of a must-see than it might have been otherwise.
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on 9 July 2004
There's no denying Harrison Ford's ability to open a movie. Since STAR WARS, he has a whole legion of fans willing to pay good movie to see him on the big screen, regardless of whether or not the flick is good. He's certainly not the greatest actor on the block, but he has one of the best track records for picking entertaining material in the modern film world. AIR FORCE ONE is no exception. It's not at all realistic, struggling at times to retain any sense of believability, has plot holes the size of the Grand Canyon and an ending that you have to see to believe. And yet, it was still able to create enough suspense to keep me gripping the edge of my seat. All due to the acting of both Ford and the always interesting Gary Oldman.
The initial take-over of the plane is frightening and intense. Every flier's worst nightmare. Smoke, gunfire, blood and death are not things you want to see at 30,000 feet. The film then retreats into "Die Hard in the Sky" during the middle section when Ford takes out the bad guys one by one from the storage space below the passenger cabins. "Who's down there? Did the President really leave in the escape pod or could he still be on the plane?" The suspense was just gripping. Not. I would also like to get my hands on the cell phone he had. I wasn't aware they made any that could place a call halfway round the world and with such clear reception. Of course, maybe they're only available to world leaders. There are many inconsistencies at this point in the film, that had me going, "Huh?", but once Ford meets Oldman all judgments get pushed aside.
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on 29 December 2014
Another "Die-Hard" movie set on a plane, this time the saviour of the day is none other than President James Marshall (Harrison Ford), who practically takes down the terrorists led by Ivan Kourshnov (Gary Oldman - on top form as always) threaten destruction unless radical leader Radek (Jurgen Prochnow) is released from prison.

Unknown to the terrorists, Marshall is still onboard, after everyone believed he escaped when the terrorists struck, he sets about killing the baddies until he is captured, after innocent people have been murdered.

The baddies are defeated eventually, practically moments before the closing credits.

Where "AFO" fails, is that its giving out the 'vibe' where the USA is more powerful and invulnerable to enemies - foreign and domestic (let's not forget the Oklahoma Bombing two years previously), the CGI could be better for a big-budget movie, as for the renegade agent (Xander Berkeley - The Rock, Terminator 2), his reason for allowing the terrorists to strike, is never explained.

Wolfgang Petersen (The Never Ending Story, In the Line of Fire), at least tries with "AFO", but if action-thrillers are going to be made by Hollywood, it should be far better than this, perhaps the saving grace of "AFO" is that it is a pre "9/11" film - if it was made afterwards, forget it!.

Patriot Games (1991 - also with Ford), is a far better action-thriller : in many areas!.
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on 21 January 2014
This movie rocks with my favorite , political plane and Harrison Ford departing from his Han Solo and Indiana Jones style action of previous times to a more cautious , ponderous dude as commander in chief who is not a fake liberal and hater of America !!! The action and special effects has a special feel to it before all this CGI carbage of today , and its like a thinking mans die hard on an airliner !!!!Makes me miss the 90s even badder .
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