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.
Robert Dean is a mild-mannered lawyer who works in Washington, D.C. He is on the trail of a kingpin named Pintero. Meanwhile, a politician named Thomas Reynolds is negotiating with Representative Phillip Hammersley about a new surveillance system with satellites. But, Hammersley declines; Reynolds has Hammersley killed, but the murder is caught on tape, and the taper is chased by Reynolds' team of N.S.A. Agents. The guy must ditch the tape, so he plants it on Dean (unbeknownst to Dean). Then, the N.S.A. decides to get into Dean's life. That is when Dean's life began to fall apart all around him, with his wife and job both gone. Dean wants to find out what is going on. Then, he meets a man named "Brill" who tells him that Dean has something that the government wants. Dean and Brill formulate a plan to get Dean's life back and turn the tables on Reynolds.Written by
Robert's wife, Carla, makes reference to the fourth amendment, which is of/to the United States Constitution and part of a group of constitutional amendments known as the United States "Bill of Rights", a moniker carried over from the title of the proposal from which ten (initially and eleven eventually) of 27 amendments were ratified. The fourth amendment prohibits governments and civil authoritative bodies of/within the United States from searching or seizing anybody's person or belongings without reasonable suspicion and probable cause of the person's or the belonging's relevance to a specific crime; also requiring that warrants be detailed. This is related to the boundaries of privacy and is more or less related to privacy concerns in general, especially mass surveillance as a component of United States government's intelligence-gathering apparatus for foreign activity or that of military interest. See more »
After Dean escapes from the smashed Taxi, the scene after in the surveillance van shows the list of all 6 "Active Tracers" that are "functional"(Cell, Pager, Shoe, Watch, Pants, Pen) but in fact the "Shoe" Tracer was flushed down the toilet several scenes prior in the public bathroom by Gabriel Byrne as the fake "Brill". See more »
The producers wish to thank the mayor, city council, and citizens of Baltimore, MD. See more »
Also available in an "Unrated Extended Edition" which features some new/extended footage (ca. 7 minutes) like some explicit shots of the senator with his secretary or Dean finding his dead ex-girlfriend covered in blood. See more »
Interesting plot, will make you wonder who's watching you!
Jon Voight, Will Smith, and Gene Hackman are the three stars who make this movie interesting. Voight is a rogue NSA operative and Smith quite accidentally gets on his trail without even realizing it. Hackman provides the key to exposing the crooks and facilitating a reasonable ending. Watching this movie makes you wonder how much of the surveillance depicted can really be done today by our governments. Although the movie has its share of violence, and an ending out of Reservoir Dogs, it also is sprinkled with some good humor. If you like action and espionage, then you'll like this movie. The DVD picture and soundtrack are both excellent. I give the movie overall 8 of 10.
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