“Never again will I allow our political self-interest to deter us from doing what we know to be morally right. Atrocity and terror are not political weapons. And to those who would use them, your day is over. We will never negotiate. We will no longer tolerate and we will no longer be afraid. It’s your turn to be afraid.” – President James Marshall
Number of Times Seen – Between 5-10 times (Theater in ’97, cable, video, DVD and 3 May 2015)
Brief Synopsis – When terrorists take over the President’s plane, the only person that can stop them is the President himself.
My Take on it – When one thinks of an action hero, Harrison Ford is usually not the first name to come to mind.
In this movie he gives one of his best performances because he is so believable as both the President and a John McLane type of character (excluding any Han Solo or Indiana Jones appearances.
Gary Oldman is a great villain who is smart and vicious at the same time.
Loved how much patriotism is injected into the story and characters.
This is emphasized by the amazing musical score by Jerry Goldsmith.
Ford wasn’t the first choice for the role (Costner was), but I can’t imagine anyone else portraying President James Marshall.
Bottom Line – Great Ford action flick that is almost as good as Die Hard (1988). As always, Oldman is an amazing and menacing villain. Very patriotic message that is emphasized by the great musical score. Can’t imagine anyone else doing as great a job as Ford did. Highly recommended!
MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Since the release of this film, it has been a source of humor for entertainment magazines, websites, commentators, etc. to conduct a public polls during real presidential elections to vote on which fictional movie president Americans would like to see in office. Harrison Ford as President James Marshall has “won” every election. (Bill Pullman as President Thomas Whitmore in “Independence Day” commonly finishes second in such polling.) (From IMDB)
Rating – Oscar Worthy
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