In order to foil an extortion plot, an FBI agent undergoes a face-transplant surgery and assumes the identity and physical appearance of a ruthless terrorist, but the plan turns from bad to worse when the same criminal impersonates the cop.
The President of the USA goes to Moscow and gives a stirring speech outlining the USA's new "Zero-tolerance" policy with respect to terrorism. On the flight home, terrorists take over Air Force One (the President's official plane) and take the passengers (including his wife and daughter) hostage. The terrorists plan to execute one hostage every half-hour unless/until their demands are met. However, the President is a former Medal of Honor winner, so the terrorists may be in for a surprise... Written by
When a dummy was put on the cable, the 747's bow wave blew off its coat and tie. Rather than put the plane's engines at risk, the filmmakers decided to use special effects for all shots of the people on the cable. See more »
They show the fax being sent and arriving at the fax machine at the White House, but it shows no one seeing it or it being passed along to members of the Cabinet. However, this was for dramatic effect, and presumably, someone read the fax off camera after the scene cut away. See more »
[after landing in Kazakstan]
Quick head count! One, two, three, four, five. Move out!
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Jürgen Prochnow plays General Ivan Radek yet in the cast list he is credited as "General Alexander Radek". See more »
'Air Force One' is a slick, fast-paced, exciting thriller not very innovative or ground-breaking in any respect, but solidly made and well executed. Harrison Ford gives a commanding performance as the President (wouldn't we all like to have someone like him in the White House?), and Gary Oldman is as always an excellent choice as the villain, snarling and delivering his punch lines with fierce conviction. Glenn Close, Dean Stockwell and William H. Macy add to a convincing supporting cast.
There are a few scenes where credibility is stretched far beyond the limit for instance a sequence where the plane lands, skids around the airport at several hundred mph and then takes off again (not to mention all the shooting going on inside the plane, miraculously avoiding any damage to the fuselage or windows). But if you're willing to swallow this (and loads and loads of American patriotism as well), 'Air Force One' is two hours of solid, well-made entertainment. I'll give it a 4 out of 6 on my dice, and recommend it if you want to watch an exciting movie without having to apply your brain too heavily.
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