Air Force One (1997) – Encore Review


“Peace isn’t merely the absence of conflict, but the presence of justice.” – President James Marshall

Number of Times Seen – Between 5-10 times (Theater in ’97, cable, video, DVD, 3 May 2015 and 14 Jun 2020)

Link to original reviewHere

Brief Synopsis – The President’s plane is taken over by terrorists and the only person who can save everyone is the President himself.

My Take on it – This is a such a fun action thriller that works so well as a Die Hard on the President’s plane scenario.

Harrison is superb in the lead role as the President and is able to make us believe both his action scenes and his dramatic ones.

The film is filled with lots of patriotic messages that come across quite poignantly along the way.

The score by Jerry Goldsmith enhances that patriotic feeling throughout.

In addition to Ford, the cast is superb and I love the way that William H. Macy plays his character who has such a powerful role in everything going on but must do things in a subtle way.

Gary Oldman is great as he villain and despite the fact that he has made a career of playing erratic villains, he just needs to switch his accent for this role and he fits it perfectly.

The story is built up with lots of great action scenes that are complemented by some thrilling moments for these characters.

The pacing is done really well and they keep things moving from start to finish which makes the viewer not have time to breathe properly along the way.

There is no doubt in my mind that Ford portrays one of the the very best (if not THE best) fictional President on screen and I’d love to see him do it again even after 23 years.

Bottom Line – Great action thriller that works so well due to the excellent performance by Ford who is able to make the dramatic and action scenes all come across as seeing genuine and realistic. The film has a very poignant patriotic message to it and the score of this film helps emphasize that message. The supporting cast is quite talented and I loved seeing Macy play such a powerful role.  Oldman is quite menacing in the villain role even though he reuses a similar persona in all of his villains and just changes accents to help differentiate all of the roles. The action and thrills are built into the story really well and help keep things moving along at such a suspenseful pace throughout.  Ford is truly one of the best (if not THE best) fictional President in a movie.  Highly Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – President Bill Clinton, who was the real U.S. President at the time of the film’s release, loved and enjoyed the film so much that he actually saw it twice while in office and he praised it, giving it good reviews. He pointed out, however, that the real plane didn’t have a parachute ramp or escape pods like the aircraft in the movie. In response, Wolfgang Petersen predicted that future models of Air Force One would incorporate such security features. (From IMDB)

Rating – Oscar Worthy (9/10) (no change from original review)

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