When I saw that Samuel L. Jackson was playing a presidential role, I was sold on the film. SLJ is definitely one of the greatest actors alive today so I try to catch all of his roles no matter how crazy they seem. Overall he was decent in this film, but only really caught my critical attention during one scene where he literally tells a story about peeing his pants. The story truly showed off his acting potential, but the rest of his lines throughout the film just made me chuckle the whole time. Honestly, I can't tell how funny this film was supposed to be. Putting Samuel L. Jackson aside, Onni Tommila does a great job in his coming-of-age role. Also, the all-star cast of other side characters creates a fun time.
Helander still makes a pretty film to watch even if the characters are flat and the plot is dumbed down to the maturity of Tommila's character. Combining close-ups and long shots, the audience gets to see a "Finnish" landscape while also focusing on individual characters. Leaving that aside, the special effects are just glorious. From falling out of planes to dodging missiles in the air, the action really pops out at the viewers. Yet, there was one point that seemed a bit too green-screeny to me, but maybe it could work for others.
The Bottom Line: This is what you get when you combine Air Force One with an old James Bond film.