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  • Summary: Wolfgang Petersen's gripping thriller about an uncompromising U.S. President (Ford) who has just told the world he will not negotiate with terrorists. When Russian neo-nationalists hijack Air Force One, the world's most secure and extraordinary aircraft, the President is faced with a nearly impossible decision to give in to terrorist demands or sacrifice not only the country's dignity, but the lives of his wife and daughter. (Sony) Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 25
  2. Negative: 4 out of 25
  1. Dares to present a flat-out heroic president, without the safety net of irony. It succeeds.
  2. Ford makes such a dynamic president in Air Force One, you may find yourself favorably weighing his odds in Iowa and New Hampshire.
  3. A meat-and-potatoes American thriller that means business all around the world.
  4. 67
    Peterson's film is a huge, loud beast of a film, filled with gunfire, explosions, and not a few tears. It's all grounded, however, in Ford's gritted-teeth performance as President Marshall.
  5. 60
    The first 20 minutes of Wolfgang Petersen’s new action adventure, Air Force One, are so thrillingly choreographed (and so very, very loud), it’s all the more disappointing that the balance of the movie tends to move less like a Stealth bomber and more like a jalopy — jerking fitfully from plot hole to plot hole, only occasionally finding momentum.
  6. Reviewed by: Christopher Harris
    The film's biggest flaw -- aside from the lapses of credibility, which are almost obligatory in escapist summer movies -- is that it flies on and on until its power to hold us simply peters out.
  7. 0
    If you've ever sat in a jet waiting on the runway, feeling it lumbering along in place and then bucking and shaking when it's cleared for take-off, you know what it's like to sit through Air Force One.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 15
  2. Negative: 2 out of 15
  1. Mar 7, 2012
    Its the perfect action with the right amount of danger! However, its Rated R for Violence even though it should have been rated PG-13 for intense action violence and brief strong language. Expand
  2. May 8, 2014
    Air Force One is a successful thriller on a plane. Harrison Ford plays the president with such conviction that the movie soars (no pun intended). Oldman makes a hell of an antagonist as well. This film will keep you thoroughly entertained. Expand
  3. Feb 14, 2011
    I think that this movie was amazing in every way. The music was fantastic and even moving at one point, the special effects were good and the way that they built a huge set that looked realistic and like the real Air Force One was also great!!
    The acting in this film was phenomenal also. Harrison Ford portrayed a heroic President and father brilliantly and the punchline "Get off my plane" was executed well also. Gary Oldman showed his character's malice perfectly also and his accent was awesome.
    Overall Air Force One was a fantastic film which was thrilling, action-packed and moving at times and it also opened up some secrets of Air Force One, even if it was not entirely acurrate. A great film nonetheless.
  4. [Anonymous]
    Oct 24, 2005
    Thrilling. Still, it's kinda funny, making Harrison Ford president.
  5. Feb 2, 2014
    In 2013 we had Die Hard in the White House in 1997 we had Die Hard on a plane. President Marshall played well but straightforwardly by Harrison Ford is on Air Force One flying from Russia to America when Gary Oldman and his gun wielding friends take the plane hostage demanding that a war criminal is released from prison. Oldman is undoubtedly the best thing about the movie, he gives the only above average performance in 2 hours of scenes best described as "decent". Much like the only good Michael Bay movie ever The Rock, you will enjoy Air Force One as long as you are prepared for how dumb it is. The CGI is terrible, the story is thin, every time someone is killed there is a cheesy one liner, the soundtrack is typically reminiscent of the American National Anthem and so inspirational it's cliched. But Air Force One is an enjoyable and fun action movie, perfect to watch with friends and lots of popcorn. Not really worth a watch unless you're an action junkie (which I'm not) but dumb fun if you do give it a try. Expand
  6. Sep 25, 2011
    "Air Force One" is a good summer blockbuster to watch, especially for the America-obsessed patriots who love watching good Mr. American President kicking bad, grumpy terrorist asses. Guess I'm not one of them... Expand
  7. Feb 2, 2014
    I should think the leads in this film must have watched it and slid under their seats.
    It is awful and how it was nominated for any awards is
    beyond me.
    Could go on but would get writers cramp.
    Funniest part is when the hostages are released in parachutes, watch the coloured women laughing as she is hanging 15,000 feet in the air.
    You couldn't make it up.

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