Air Force One
Reviewed by Nathan Johnston
Rating: 6.5 Beans
kay, once again I will probably be in the minority regarding my opinion of this movie (see my Titanic review), but I thought that this film was incredibly tacky. In fact I would not have seen it again had I not sat down with my folks and watched it with them when they rented it. I'm glad I did as I had a good laugh at all the bad dialog, and I'm now able to post this review for the movie.
Note that this movie is not all bad. There is one amazing action sequence where Air Force One is re-fueled in mid-air and plus the final sequence is very good. However, aside from that the movie is full of cliched situations and bad dialog.
This movie is pure formula. For once I would like to see the bad guys create a hostage situation without having to use an insider. Its a occurrence that is becoming increasingly tired. In this case the insider is Secret Service Agent Gibbs (Xander Berkeley - Terminator 2 & Barbwire), and the only reason that Gibbs is present in the movie (aside from the 'insider' bit) is so there can be the standard "How could you? I trusted you" moment at the end of the movie. This is getting really boring.
Another tacky and tired situation is someone doing something heroic at the last moment, when they first said that they are afraid of dying. In this case its the White House Chief of Staff (Paul Guilfoyle - Primary Colors & Amistad) who takes a bullet for the President in the nick of time (ala Clint Eastwood in "In the Line of Fire" to some degree). As I said, formula.
The ending is typically feelgood. I know it was to be expected and there's nothing wrong with that. But I couldn't help feel that they had taken the exact same happy ending scene from one of the Under Siege movies with the VIP's cheering around a conference table and whacked it in the movie. More formula.
Also it seems that Hollywood is having more trouble letting go of the Cold War than either the Russian or American parliaments. The peace processes have been in place and the war has been relatively over for nearly 10 years, yet they are still churning out Cold War related movies. Always portraying Communist loyalists - or other Russian extremists - as wanting to start another Communist regime (ala The Saint or Crimson Tide), I'm getting sick of it. Can't they let sleeping dogs lie? As I said its becoming an increasingly tired situation... formula.
For me though top merit should go to the dialog from the movie, both stand-out instances are both uttered by Harrison Ford to my surprise. When he first said "I'm counting on you red, white and blue" when attempting to dump the fuel from the plane, my eyes rolled. At the end, Ford's final one-liner "Get off my plane!" gave me a headache. Those are the two corniest, most tacky lines I have heard uttered in a movie in a fairly long time and they give the movie an extra Bean each. I still wince everytime that I think about them. Aaaaaaghhh.
This movie is bad becuase I feel that it is so cliched and the formula is becoming increasingly old and dated. While the setting is unique, the story line and situations within the movie are boring. Hence the only good parts of the movie are the areas that deal directly with the plane i.e. the re-fueling scene and the final rescue scene. The sooner Hollywood moves on the better.
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