Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.
USA/Germany, 1997. Columbia Pictures Corporation, Beacon Communications, Radiant Productions, Beacon Pictures. Screenplay by Andrew W. Marlowe. Cinematography by Michael Ballhaus. Produced by Armyan Bernstein, Gail Katz, Wolfgang Petersen, Jon Shestack. Music by Jerry Goldsmith. Production Design by William Sandell. Costume Design by Erica Edell Phillips. Film Editing by Richard Francis-Bruce. Academy Awards 1997.
Exciting, edge-of-your-seat thriller has President of the United States Harrison Ford defending himself and his family when terrorist Gary Oldman and his scary bad guys take over the First Airplane and hold its passengers hostage. Instructed by his security officials to take the escape pod (President Clinton said at the time the film was released that he has no idea if one really exists on Air Force One), the President decides to stay and be an action hero by defying the bad guys who threaten the ones he loves. Wolfgang Petersen has such a good time directing this enjoyable film that everything is surprisingly plausible. Glenn Close has an excellent role as the Vice President grounded in Washington, having to make decisions that endanger Ford’s personal and political future.