Executive Decision 1996

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Kurt Russell is David Grant, a Pentagon defence analyst with a tough mission on his hands. He has to rescue 400 hostages from a hijacked 747 aircraft which is stacked full of dangerous chemical weapons and heading straight for Washington DC. Since the terrorists real objective is the destruction of the US capital, Grant realises that attempts at negotiation will be fruitless and consequently re...

Starring:
Kurt Russell,Halle Berry
Runtime:
2 hours, 7 minutes

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Executive Decision

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Genres Thriller, Action & Adventure
Director Stuart Baird
Starring Kurt Russell, Halle Berry
Supporting actors John Leguizamo, Oliver Platt, Joe Morton, David Suchet, Steven Seagal
Studio Warner Bros.
BBFC rating Suitable for 15 years and over
Rental rights 48 hour viewing period. Details
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Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By S. F. husseiny on 8 Jun. 2012
Format: DVD
(THE FILM)
Kurt Russell, Steven Segal, Halle Berry, John Leguizamo and others in a heroic ensemble are on board for first class thrills. The mission: board a hijacked 747 in mid-air. Avoid detection. Locate and disable a hair-triggered nerve-toxin bomb that could wipe out the U.S. Eastern Seabord. Execute a split-second attack that overwhelms the terrorists and safeguards the passengers. Do it all without air-to-ground radio. And do it before an increasingly jittery U.S. military blasts the airliner out of the sky. "I hope there's a good movie on this flight", an anti-terrorist operative quips. As it turns out, there's a great one: Executive Decision.
WHAT CAN I SAY?
The suspense in the film is brilliantly sustained, The plot is pure escapism, but very clever. But in the world of today the theme of the film is more relevant now than 15 years ago when the film was in the cinemas . This is no dumb action movie and Kurt Russell shows that he is a briliant leading man, in a situation way out of his depth he starts off with no experience or confidence but ends up as the mastermind to the attack, Steven Segal also has a role as a man in uniform that doesn't think Russel is up for the task. the casting of David Suchetn from detective Poirot to
such an effective and eerie contrast to make him the chief villain. He proved extremely convincing as charming, intelligent and brutally determined terrorist.
Directed by Stuart Baird (SALT) made an entertaining top action-thriller that has some suspense and exciting action sequences. but one of the reasons why "Executive Decision" remain memorable for over the years is Seagal's supporting role. Especially when the Seagal's character meets his unfortunately fate. The premise is surprisingly believable as well.

Executive Decision is a great ride that is so much fun
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By andy minnock on 23 Feb. 2013
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good film worth the four stars..still shocked to see seagal pop it so early. Good story and great action Kurt Russel on top form and Halle berry looks great
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Corey Newcombe on 10 Nov. 2013
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Terrorists take over a plane bound from Athens to Washington, to effect the release of their leader.

Intelligence expert David Grant suspects another reason and convinces the military that the plane should not be allowed to enter U.S. airspace.

An assault mission is planned, using a plane designed for mid-air crew transfers, and Grant finds himself aboard the plane with a team of soldiers who have to defuse a bomb and overpower the terrorists....

Everyone knows this film because it's the one where Seagal dies halfway through, and this would have more brilliant if they hadn't shown this pivotal scene in the trailer.

But beyond that, it's a really good movie, and all the cast are great. Yes it's basically Die Hard, but there is so much urgency going on, it's forgivable that it's following such a simple format.

Suchet is wonderful as the villain, very calm, but very deadly at the same time, and the film is full of humour, which comes as a relief in some of the more tense scenes.

If you are a fan of Joel Silver, it's one of his better films from the nineties, and is pretty old school, in it's delivery of lines and tropes.

Plus it's the best film ever made where it looks like two people are going to high five, and then the film cuts to a different scene...
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By John Edwards on 1 Feb. 2010
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Totally awesome, full of suspense and action and a twist as a non-military hero type (Kurt Russel) is thrusted into the shoes of Steven Seagal due to his demise during the first phase of a high risk mission to board a hostage-taken boing 747.
What makes this film unique is that they use a stealth bomber to sneak under the plane undetected, connect and board it via the cargo hold. This makes for a very interesting turn of events as they try to win back the plane from the terrorists.
It's an action packed great film; get it, watch it - it's distinctly one of the ones. Up there with Air Force One and The Fugative.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Nevs on 29 Sept. 2007
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Kurt Russell's character is called upon to help a group of US special forces thwart a hijacking. The plane is carrying biological weapons, due to be crashed onto an unsuspecting US city. Kurt and the team, led by Steven Segal, make a covert docking from a stealth plane (slightly unbelievable) and covertly prepare to take out the terrorists and save the day. Thankfully, Segal is killed early in the film to save us another Oscar nomination (not) and Kurt saves the day.

Good film generally with a few holes here and there.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Frank TALKER on 23 Sept. 2013
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Very good action-thriller with two action stars for the price of one. The plot builds nicely and nothing that happens is too forced because the filmmakers are confident that the audience will hang on until the final explosive half hour, despite the large amount of talky scenes the film contains. The perfect blend of characterisation, plot and acting.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By TK42138 on 6 May 2014
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What's not to like - Kurt Russell as the reluctant government intelligence analyst, David Suchet as the bad guy and Halle Berry. Throw in an audacious mid-air rescue plan, Steven Segal in a brief role and some great action set pieces and you're in for a rollercoaster thrill ride and all in the claustrophobic confines of a Boeing 747.
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