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Air Force One (DVD) Review

One of Harrison Ford's better and least appreciated performances, Air Force One is a thrilling film that makes the most of its action hero star and his unique bond with the movie-loving public. In Air Force One, Ford plays the role of President of the United States. In the same way that itís near impossible to envision any other actor in the role of Indiana Jones, itís difficult to envision anyone else as the president in this film. Ford projects the image of such a strong, honorable, and likeable leader that the audience immediately develops a strong attachment to his character. In fact, itís probably this unique ability to connect with both men and women from every strata of life that makes each Harrison Ford movie a bankable blockbuster.

Originally released in 1997, Ford plays President James Marshall, a Vietnam vet turned politician who makes it clear in a stunning Moscow dinner speech that America will now pursue a ďzero toleranceĒ policy on international terrorism (sound familiar?). Boarding Air Force One for the return flight home from Moscow, Marshall is joined by his wife Grace (Wendy Crewson) and his daughter Alice (Liesel Matthews). Heís also joined by a contingent of Eastern European journalists led by Ivan Korshunov (Gary Oldman).

Unbeknownst to the President and his fellow Air Force One passengers, the foreign men arenít actually journalists, but an elite team of terrorists bent on taking the president hostage. With a Secret Service agent (Xander Berkeley) among their ranks, Korshunov and his associates maintain intimate inside knowledge of the procedures and safeguards deployed to protect the president on Air Force One. When the agent opens the official weapons cache of Air Force One, his terrorist friends carry out a methodic plan to eliminate the presidentís security circle.

But in the midst of ensuing gunfire, an escape pod is jettisoned, and the terrorists harbor the impression they have lost their most important hostage, the president. Nevertheless, they retain an entire plane of valuable hostages including the presidentís wife and daughter. As negotiations with the acting Vice President (Glenn Close) move forward, Korshunov demands the release of General Ivan Radek (Jurgen Prochnow), a communist hardliner who he believes will restore the intoxicating glory of the Soviet Union. Initially, the terrorist demands are met and arrangements are made to release General Radek. But what Korshunov doesnít know is that President Marshall is still onboard Air Force One, having left the escape pod empty, and heís intent on freeing his family and kicking the terrorists off his plane.

Filled with action and some memorable one-liners, Air Force One is a classic Harrison Ford action thriller along the lines of Patriot Games and Clear And Present Danger. In addition, prior to filming Air Force One, the producers were given unprecedented access to the real thing. The result is a film that displays the inner sanctums of Air Force One with stunning accuracy, providing the audience with a glimpse into the actual traveling life of the most powerful man in the world. Overall, this is one movie well worth the time spent, complete with action, suspense, and a bona fide hero.

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Britt Gillette

Britt Gillette is author of The DVD Report, a movie and TV review site. Source: http://thedvdreport.blogspot.com/2006/02/air-force-one-dvd.html


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