Air Force One/B+,A
I can't think of anyone better suited to play an action oriented
President than Harrison Ford. The camera knows that, the audience knows that, and God bless him,
director Wolfgang Peterson knows that. There you have the key to the success of Air Force One.
Ford makes you believe in him. As long as the action is centered aboard the president's plane,
action and tension are maintained beautifully. The weakest moments in Air Force One are the
rhythmic beats at the White House as the President's staff contemplates and debates his fate.
If you can believe the group of terrorists can slip on to Air Force One
as easily as they do, then you are hooked. The villains, led by a tame Gary Oldman, play shoot 'em
all over the aircraft with nary a damage to the impenetrable hull. The pitched bullet battles are
well choreographed and thoroughly exciting. The special effects are beautifully integrated by
director Wolfgang Peterson. Peterson also contributes a running audio commentary on a separate
track which is a lot of fun. Though repetitious at times, Peterson continually points out the
make-up of shots, which parts are live and which parts computer enhanced. Even his digressions are
interesting, talking about shoot locations and the prison in Cleveland which was originally built
as a boys reformatory.
Ford hangs on, Harrison, not Jerry.©Columbia
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outrageous on this disc. Great attention has been given to create the most dynamic and exciting DVD
soundtrack I have yet experienced. Aircraft pans are fantastically three dimensional, the hail of
bullets on the planes incredibly encompassing and even the wonderful Jerry Goldsmith score renders
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