CIA analyst Jack Ryan must thwart the plans of a terrorist 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.
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
"Air Force One" turned out to be the last of a wave of "Die Hard"-inspired thrillers (action movies where terrorists invade a confined space and are foiled by a lone hero/saboteur). One reason was that, by now, every conceivable multi-passenger vehicle (planes, trains, city buses) had been tried. The film was one of the most popular action films of the 1990s, since Speed (1994). See more »
The Russian swearing Gary Oldman uses throughout the whole movie, "blyad" is usually not used alone in the Russian language. It's normally used at a final part of a sentence, e.g. "This idiot, blyad." There does however exist an expression which you can use alone, but it's far too hard to be mentioned here. 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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