Release: 1997, Columbia Pictures Starring: Harrison Ford, Glenn Close, William H. Macy, Gary Oldman Director: Wolfgang Petersen MPAA Rating: [R] violence Genre: Action
Russian terrorists hijack the President's (Ford) plane and demand the release of their radical political leader.
Glenn Close does an admirable job as the Vice President of the United States--so much so that she seems more natural in the position than anyone who has held the office in real life. William H. Macy also delivers a strong performance as one of the President's officers, a complete turnaround of the dirtbag he played in Fargo. Lots of action throughout.
Gary Oldman is less than convincing as the Russian terrorist leader. He and his gang come across as comically incompetent, and their political views are so dated and stereotypical that it's one big laughable parody. Oddly, Harrison Ford comes across as too cool to be a President, while putting himself in one unbelievable predicament after another.
Rating: 6.5 out of 10 (0=Abysmal, 5=Average, 10=Excellent)