Overall Rank: 2923
Average Rating: 2.7/4
# of Ratings: 360
Theatrical Release Date: 07/25/1997
Genre: Action, Thriller
MPAA Rating: R
Director: Wolfgang Petersen
Actors: Harrison Ford, Gary Oldman, Glenn Close, Xander Berkeley, Wendy Crewson, Jürgen Prochnow
Plot: When Russian terrorists take over Air Force One, the President (Harrison Ford) fakes his own escape in order to strike from hiding and save his family.
Quick Movie Reviews
Snoogans - wrote on 12/02/2011
Good for a 90's action movie. Harrison Ford makes a cool president.
donkeyknight - wrote on 05/02/2011
A very effective action movie. It ticks along at the perfect pace with great heroes. "Peace isn't merely the absence of conflict, but the presence of justice." Shades of Rwanda? Bush? Iraq?
mitchellyoung - wrote on 09/14/2010
The plot is predictable and so are some of the action sequences. Harrison Ford is what really sells the film and elevates it into pure adrenaline entertainment. His character provides a gravity to the situation and a desperation that makes it somewhat believable that Ford as President is pushed to the limits of his physical ability to save the day.
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Filmhaus - wrote on 04/12/2021
There are some movies that are exercises in mediocrity, and there are some that rise above expectations.
For me, Air Force One is one of the few movies that does both.
It's critics make valid points; it's a meat-and-potatoes entry in the action genre, the characters are archetypes, the plot twists are foreshadowed far in advance, and the script borders on jingoistic, hitting every emotional beat right on cue.
However, you could make the same criticisms about 4th of July celebrations with your family: it's firmly planted in the expected.
It's the same relatives that show up, the same patriotic stories that get brought out of mothballs, and the same display happens at sunset to Bruce Springsteen.
Even if it's cheesy, you love it anyway, because there are virtues in life's …
MovieAddict - wrote on 03/09/2012
The plot revolves around the American President flying on board Air Force One with his wife and daughter, when his plane is hijacked by a group of terrorists, led by Gary Oldman. Gary Oldman is very terrifying as the leader of a group of terrorists, Ivan Korshunov who is demanding the release of a comrade from prison and will stop at nothing to get what he wants. Unless the Government gives in to their demands, he will hold everyone aboard hostage and execute one of them every thirty minutes. Harrison Ford plays the President of the United States, a former soldier who is not going to make things easy for terrorists. Glenn Close is the concerned Vice President and William H. Macy stars as one of the Secret Service agents.
The action is a bit dramatic and over the top but quite …
mdtinney - wrote on 11/21/2009
OK, if you're looking for something like The Godfather or Citizen Kane you've probably come to the wrong place. But you knew that going in. Air Force One is what it is, a typical big-budget Hollywood action thriller where the plot (such as it is) gets put on the back burner while a bunch of people get shot and a lot of things get blown up. This is not meant to be thought-provoking serious cinema. It's meant to be fun and in that it succeeds. As the movie begins President James Marshall, played by Harrison Ford, is flying home from Russia where he has just given a speech outlining America's policy of not negotiating with terrorists. And, oh sweet irony, his plane is immediately hijacked by terrorists. The hijackers, whose leader is played by the wonderfully sinister Gary Oldman, are …
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