Monday, February 18, 2008

Air Force One

Air Force One (1997)

Directed by: Wolfgang Peterson

Written by
: Andrew W. Marlowe

Starring: Harrison Ford, Gary Oldman, Glenn Close, Wendy Crewson, Liesel Matthews, Xander Berkeley, Paul Guilfoyle, William H. Macy, J├╝rgen Prochnow, Donna Bullock

Basically the same plot as Die Hard except instead of Germans taking a skyscraper hostage and getting killed by John McLane, it's about Russians taking Air Force One hostage and getting killed by the President. But everyone knows that.

I liked Die Hard. I thought it was groovy. I liked this movie. Okay, it was stupid as hell (Die Hard, though it was pretty stupid, wasn't as stupid as this movie), but Harrison Ford is the President. Come on, how cool is that?

Harrison Ford should run for President in real life. I think he'd make a great President. He's charismatic and he's a better actor than any of the potential candidates.

Actually, he should run for Prime Minister and then I can vote for him. Even better.

Yeah, Harrison Ford... he's the coolest guy in the world. He's a great husband and a great dad (that kid wasn't even remotely fucked up) plus he can simultaneously run the country, kick ass and save his family. In this movie anyway. I'm not sure he can do that for real, but you never know. He's a carpenter. Cool.

Moving on, Gary Oldman has a Russian accent in this movie but no wig (at least, not a detectable one - I'm starting to think maybe the guy doesn't have hair...). I like him, too. He should run for Prime Minister. Wow, that would be cool.

Yeah, Gary Oldman vs. Harrison Ford is pretty groovy. That's sort of why I would even bother watching it. I mean, it's a load of patriotic horseshit, which is weird coz Wolfgang Peterson isn't even American, but I guess somebody's got to make it.

It's also a little too... long. I mean, Gary Oldman gets pushed out the air lock or whatever (hey, this movie should have been set on a space ship! Harrison Ford can fly a space ship) and then the movie's over, right? That's what I thought, and then I'm all like 'WTF, there's still forty minutes left'. So then all this other stuff happens, but never mind that.

In Die Hard, they push Alan Rickman out the window (he should run for PM) and then the movie's over. I think.

Oh well. I'm just being finicky. Still an entertaining movie but apparently not one I want to spend a lot of brain power reviewing. Jeez. I'm going to stop now, but tomorrow (or the next time I post...) I'm going to do Apocalypto and write about how much I love Road Warrior.


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