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
For Wolfgang Petersen, there was a huge concern about making this film after 9/11 (the real-life Al-Qaeda terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001) and they were really sensitive about it. Petersen has said that, after 9/11, he wouldn't have felt comfortable making a movie about terrorists attacking America by hijacking another jetliner, especially that carrying the POTUS. Had they made the film after 9/11, Petersen predicted that the film would have been panned by critics, and a major box-office failure. See more »
Members of the Soviet/Russian Army are prohibited to have a beard by military regulations. 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 »
What happened? After Das Boot, after Outbreak...in brief after those two quite good movies, Wolfgang Petersen does Air Force 1! How could such a ludicrous, pompous, deliberately over-stuffed with fake patriotism, weak and annoying film be made by such a usually good director? Of course, we all make mistakes, but mistakes as vapid and yet as expensive as that? Another thing that I don't understand is how comes actors like Harrison Ford, Gary Oldman and Glenn Close could agree to play in that "masterpiece"? Oldman does a terrific job, as usual. At least his character doesn't look dumb, shallow and dull. Wait, wasn't he supposed to be the absolute bad guy? Then how comes he's so sympathetic? Perhaps because all the others are so irritating. Harrison Ford plays...his usual self without the sense of humor.
As one of the users so accurately put it, this movie insults our intelligence. To avoid at all costs (or see it for Oldman's performance).
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