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Friday, January 16, 2015

Movie Review:Air Force One

Premise:Terrorists hijack Air Force One.

Cast:Harrison Ford as President James Marshall, Gary Oldman as Ivan Korshunov, Glenn Close as Vice President Kathryn Bennett, Wendy Crewson as Grace Marshall, Liesel Matthews as Alice Marshall, full cast can be found here.

Director:Wolfgang Petersen

MPAA Rating:R for violence

Genres:Action, drama

Notes:Poster taken from IMP Awards.

Pros:Good lead actors. Great villain.

Cons:A handful of dull or confusing scenes. Somewhat dated. Takes a while to get going and to end.

Being the US President isn't exactly a low-stress job. Between making major decisions that affect everyone in the nation and trying to stay in their favor, you've also got to deal with terrorists who hate all things America. And every so often, they decide to get up close and personal with you while making their demands.

Harrison Ford's character is just the kind of guy you want in charge during a crisis. He's selfless, brave, and puts people's well-being above getting more votes. In other words, he defies most of the stereotypes about politicians. On the other hand, Gary Oldman makes a frightening, ruthless villain you almost want to see win. Almost.

Most of the things I dislike about this movie were minor details more than major issues. There was a weird scene where the bad guy talks to the president's 12-year-old daughter to explain he's not a monster and once he's done, kissing her on the forehead. I don't know what was up with it, but it was awkward and would have been better left out. In addition, the opening credits were kind of long without anything happening and it takes it a while to get going, but once it starts to get intense, it doesn't stop. Finally, the ending feels longer than necessary.

Overall, while not perfect, it is entertaining and worth at least one watch.

Sex:The President and First Lady kiss. A nude statue is in the background for a few seconds. A government official says he'd love to let the President play catch with the lead terrorist's testicles. Ivan growls that thanks to America, his country was given to "gangsters and pr*stitutes".

Violence:There are a few gunfights and things blowing up. Plenty of people get shot or are threatened with getting shot, some of them children. Blood sprays. People beat each other up. Air crafts crash and explode.
The villain talks about wanting to see capitalists shot in the street and reaching the day when the Soviets' enemies cower. He promises to shoot a hostage every half hour until he gets what he wants. And his end goal is to get a man responsible for the deaths of thousands back into power.
A man's neck is snapped. Someone gets smacked in the face with a gun. Snipers take out guards. Missiles are fired. Someone is put in a headlock that may have killed him. The plane experiences some bad turbulence and goes out of control a couple times. People fall down stairs.

Drugs/Alcohol:People drink in celebration and once in stress. People smoke cigarettes.

Language/Insults:One or two uses of "f**k" and "g*dd*mn". Also fairly frequent usage of "G*d" and "J*sus". Other words that are said a few times include "sh*t", "Chr*st", "h*ll", "b**ch", and "bas**rd".

Spiritual:Ivan states he would turn his back on God Himself for Russia and tells the President to play God with the lives of the hostages like he does with foreign lives. Prayer is referenced in one scene, and in another, someone asks for prayers of safety.

So what did you think?

© 2015 by M.R.R.

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