Aneesh Chaganty

Movie #328 Air Force One

In Uncategorized on September 3, 2011 at 1:35 AM

Movie #328 Air Force One

(1997, US, d. Wolfgang Petersen)

A little enjoyable and a whole lot preposterous, Air Force One is a great concept for an action thriller. It has a great logline. Why don’t we make the President of the United States the star of an action film? But after that, it gets really hard to actually complete anything of real value. Air Force One is the film that ignored all those warnings and continued through production. Though it has an incredibly menacing and wonderfully acted antagonist at its core, played by the magnificent Gary Oldman, Air Force One is a film that forces you to suspend all disbelief within the first ten minutes. It actually faces most of its obstacles in that department, for once you actually surrender to this sort of film, it’s sort of hard to just stop watching. Director Wolfgang Petersen never lets the thrills stop, stacking one unbelievable thing over the other. It’s actually quite sobering to think that even this film – which really isn’t based in much reality at all – is still a million times more realistic than any recent Michael Bay film. And though Harrison Ford does fully commit to the character, Air Force One is – if you watch it with a critical eye, like I did – a flawed film. Though it does get you from point A to point B, it does so just barely without crashing, coming close to ground a whole lot of times.

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