CIA analyst Jack Ryan must stop the plans of a Neo Nazis faction that threatens to induce a catastrophic conflict between the United States and Russia's newly elected president by detonating a nuclear weapon at a football game in Baltimore.
In order to foil an extortion plot, an FBI agent undergoes a facial transplant surgery and assumes the identity and physical appearance of a terrorist, but the plan turns from bad to worse when the same terrorist impersonates the FBI agent.
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
On the DVD commentary, Wolfgang Petersen noted that he likely would not have made the film after the 9/11 attacks. The film features hijackers who seize the plane carrying the President of the United States and his family, but he (an ex-soldier) works from hiding to defeat them. See more »
When ordered to fire on Air Force One, the F-15 in question is seen with full afterburner on. If this were the case in reality, it would fly past Air Force One by miles. See more »
[after landing in Kazakstan]
Quick head count! One, two, three, four, five. Move out!
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Per Marshall's comment to her, the aide who helps him with the fax machine (portrayed by Messiri Freeman) is listed in the credits as "Future Postmaster General". See more »
An Action movie is made to entertain, and should always be taken at face value. With this in mind Air Force One hits the mark, despite some minor flaws it still delivers tension, drama and action in abundance.
The cast is strong and full of believable characters, the story is compelling and the traditional dose of sentiment is added sparingly and to good effect. Harrison Ford and Gary Oldman both put in solid performances and they are well supported by the likes of Glenn Close and Wendy Crewson.
Overall Air Force One is an safe bet for the average movie fan and should entertain most, without ever really excelling.
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