Starring: Harrison Ford, Gary Oldman, Glenn Close, Wendy Crewson, William H. Macy, Paul Guilfoyle, Xander Berkley, Dean Stockwell, Liesel Matthews
Directed By: Wolfgang Peterson
This wasn’t my first time viewing Air Force One. If I had to guess, it was my third or fourth, but it had been a while since my last viewing. I enjoyed Air Force One the first time I saw it, and I enjoy it on repeat airings. I know it’s a fluff action piece, but it’s a fluff piece done right. A lot of that credit goes to director Wolfgang Peterson, who has directed some seriously good films like Das Boot, In The Line Of Fire, and The Perfect Storm. He knows how to make tense acting.
Also, the film was scripted by Andrew Marlowe, who is currently known for creating Castle, but has also written a few books, and isn’t the worst screenwriter in the world (if we can just look past End Of Days). Along with Harrison Ford’s solid and believable work as the President, and a top notch Gary Oldman (who is always a great villain), Air Force One is just a really great action film. If you’ve never seen it, then you have to check it out, if not for the great finishing line “Get off my plane!”.
It’s hard to have a ton of new thoughts about a film I’ve seen multiple times, except to say that it doesn’t disappoint me on repeat viewings. It’s still enjoyable even after all this time, and doesn’t feel completely dated (even if technology has gotten better over the years). Granted, the plane crash in the film is CLEARLY using dated computer animation technology, but otherwise it’s not a bad looking film.
If you haven’t caught Air Force One yet, you should be able to find it on Netflix.
FINAL GRADE: A