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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
(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
on 23 February 2013
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
on 10 November 2013
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
on 1 February 2010
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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on 12 April 2015
This is one of those 90's action thrillers set on a plane like Air Force One,Passenger 57 and Turbulence and like them its a terrific thrill ride with one of the most talked about death scenes in movie history.

It stars Kurt Russell as defence analyst David Grant who teams up with a team of special operatives led by Austin Travis(action star Steven Seagal)to stop a bunch of terrorists who have taken over a plane that contains a chemical bomb and who are heading for Washington DC.
After a mid air disaster its up to Grant along with the help of flight attendant Jean(beauty Halle Berry),engineer Dennis Cahill(Oliver Platt)and sergeants Rat(John Leguizamo)and Cappy(Joe Morton)to find the bomb and stop the terrorists before its too late.

I really enjoyed this action film with a top cast headlined by superb Kurt Russell and even though its a bit far fetched and not as good as Air Force One or Passenger 57 this is a gripping experience.This movie is also very well known for only the second time in his career that the character Steven Seagal has played has died on screen and i have to say its the most memorable scene in the whole film.

The acting is particularly good for this type of movie with the always excellent Russell on top form as a man way out of his depth like his character from another top thriller Breakdown and unlike most leading action roles he is a quite normal guy put into a hectic situation and you can put yourself in his shoes unlike characters like Riddick or The Terminator as this could happen in real life unlike those characters in those movies.Now we get to Steven Seagal who may only be in this less than half an hour but is terrific and even though not known for his acting Seagal gives his all and possibly gives his best performance,you have to give him credit to star in this knowing he would be killed off in spectacular style and he does his standout moment well.Other top actors like Halle Berry in a small role as well as Leguizamo,Morton and BD Wong as Seagal's team members all prove their worth as well as underrated actor Platt and our own David Suchet(Poirot)is fantastic as the main terrorist on the plane.

The action set pieces are gripping and has some top special effects.I love the opening sequence where Seagal and his team try to take down a mafia safe house in Italy and the makers must of done this on purpose to give Seagal a great few scenes before his demise.Most of the action scenes after this take place in the plane apart from the outstanding scene with Seagal's Travis who goes out in quite incredible style and its still one of his most famous scenes in his career.Other top moments include a nerve wracking scene as Platt's Cahill and others try to defuse the bomb as well as Grant and Jean trying to find a suspect in the passenger cabin which afterwards leads to a gripping sequence where the windows are blown apart leading to people flying out.The finale is again gripping with Russell trying his best to get the plane to safety.

This is a excellent action film with a star turn from Kurt Russell as well as a great early turn from Halle Berry and a evil turn by David Suchet.This can be a bit long at times and can be a bit confusing but i really enjoyed it with a standout moment from superstar Seagal who may get killed off but this scene will always be remembered,its not a classic but its highly watchable and exiting.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 29 September 2007
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
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
on 6 May 2014
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 21 February 2012
I watched this film years ago and watched it recently, it still has the same impact as before. it is a well made well thought about film and I would recommend it to everyone who likes action movies.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
A fun, tense, and exciting action/thriller with an excellent ensemble cast, headed by Kurt Russell and including Halle Berry, David Suchet, and John Leguizamo.

Even Steven Seagal does a creditable job, mainly because this isn't a "Steven Seagal movie." His supporting role permits him to do what he does best (which isn't acting). He doesn't have to pretend to be witty, there's none of that awful smirking he does in a vain attempt to show emotion, the camera doesn't caress his body, and there's not one speech about how gol-dang *good* his character is. He even manages to enunciate his lines clearly!

The plot might have seemed a little far-fetched when the movie was released, but not anymore.

I'm not even much of an action film fan, but this one is really a lot of fun.
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