Continuing with my line of movie posts, tonight I revisited Air Force One, as I continue to go through my DVD collection with the new TV. In a post-9/11 world, I think this film holds new significance. Or perhaps not. Either way, it's a great over-the-top patriotic film. From Jerry Goldsmith's flag-waving score, to the medal-of-honor President Marshall retaking the plane, this is one of those popcorn films that keeps you on the edge of your seat until the very end. Normal terms of reality are thrown out the window the moment Gary Oldman boards the plane. Knowing this, one can expect anything to happen... and Petersen's lives up to the promise. While some critics like Ebert throught it was too over the top, I say nonsense. No action film is really realistic. I love the way that through the early scenes of the film, one gets the impression: "Man, this plane is frigging huge!" but as the movie unfolds, and the same areas are retread time after time, one begins to understand how small it really is. Die Hard created the whole reverse-robber genre, and gave us a whole skyscraper to dwell in. Then an entire airport. Then an entire city. By containing all the action in such a small space, the creative team had to get creative with the action scenes. I think they did an admirable job. What'd you all think?