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.
Communist Radicals hijack Air Force One with The U.S. President and his family on board. The Vice President negotiates from Washington D.C., while the President, a Veteran, fights to rescue the hostages on board.
Stanley Goodspeed, who lives in Washington, D.C., is a biochemist who works for the F.B.I. Soon after his fiancée Carla Pestalozzi announces that she is pregnant, Stanley gets a call from F.B.I. Director James Womack. Womack tells Stanley that San Francisco's Alcatraz Island has been taken hostage, along with eighty-one tourists, by Marine General Francis Xavier Hummel who, for years, has been protesting the government's refusal to pay benefits to families of war veterans who died during covert military operations. The death of his wife Barbara on March 9, 1995 drove General Hummel over the edge, and now he's holding hostages in order to get his point across. Stanley is needed because General Hummel has stolen some VX gas warheads and has announced that he will launch them onto San Francisco unless his demands are met. Stanley knows how to disarm the bombs, but he needs someone who knows Alcatraz well enough to get him inside. That man is former British Intelligence Agent John Patrick...Written by
"The car chase in San Francisco turned out to be the biggest cluster f*ck I've ever done in my entire filming career", said Director Michael Bay. He said getting clearances for even a two-block stretch required thousands of signatures, and when they fell behind on the shooting schedule, it resulted in a trio of studio reps arriving to give him a stern talking. Luckily, Sir Sean Connery offered to sit in, which tempered their "reaming" somewhat. See more »
While driving in the stolen Humvee, Mason answers a phone call from a German man ranting about "A stolen hummer" yet Mason replies "I'm only borrowing your Humvee" despite the fact that he would have no idea what it was called since he's been in solitary confinement for decades. See more »
Congressman Weaver and esteemed members of the Special Armed Services Committee, I come before you to protest a grave injustice... It has to stop.
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Some non/USA releases (Australia, Norwegian) have been cut from the original Usa R-rated version. The shower room gunfight between Hummel and Anderson's men has a number of deleted shots. The scene involving the fight between Goodspeed and Mason and Hummel's men on the underground cable car has been edited. Also, the final shot of Captain Darrow impailed on the post has been edited out. See more »
Fantastically made. Undoubtedly one of the best action films in the last 20 years, Bruckheimer had a fantastic effect on this as his oh so loud impact fashioned this movie into what it is, quite possibly one of the finest in its' genre. Connery puts in a sturdy performance as does Cage but the show is stolen by the one and only Edd harris. His commanding performance carried the movie through small snippets where boredom may have set in, his emotion in the delivery of his lines left nothing to be desired and the role seemed so fitting for such a man, although his height was comic in comparison with the other marines.
All round great film with good acting with just the right amount of comic relief when it was most required. thumbs up fellas
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