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Executive Decision 1996

4.3 out of 5 stars (83) IMDb 6.4/10

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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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
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In this 1996 action thriller [aka: Critical Decision] David Grant [Kurt Russell] believes a recent airliner hijacking is being used to detonate a bomb loaded with the nerve gas over U.S. airspace. Working with Lt. Col. Travis [Steven Seagal] the pair and a special force team must intercept the plane.
The single disc offers, play, jump to a scene, languages [English only, but also Arabic or English subtitles] and from the opening of this big budget movie, it is fast paced throughout with plenty of exotic locations at the start but soon settles down to more claustrophobic settings. Despite some glaring errors and the usual inept security detail, this is a good adventure with plenty of tense moments with generally good acting and a host of well known stars, even though it often demands you suspend belief. There is some low key swearing and ‘adventure’ style violence but this always manages to maintain the suspense and if it’s an adventure you want, this is a good ***** that is still relevant today.
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(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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I always liked this 1996 action film and I was glad to see recently that it didn't age - at all. It doesn't have any other pretensions than to entertain us but it accomplishes this mission very well indeed. Below, more of my impressions, with some limited SPOILERS.

An Oceanic Airlines (this is a fictional name) Flight 343, a Boeing 747-200, bound for Washington, D.C, with on board a U.S. Senator, Mavros (J.T. Walsh) and a smoking hot air attendant named Jean (Halle Berry) , is hijacked by islamic terrorists commanded by Nagi Hassan (David Suchet, amazing). Their official purpose is to obtain the liberation of El Sayeed Jaffa (Andreas Katsulas), recently captured leader of their organisation. However some in US intelligence community believe that Hassan has a completely different plan and wants something infinitely more lethal - it is certainly the case of the main expert on Jaffa-Hassan organization, dr Grant (Kurt Russell). On his advice a team of US Special Forces commanded by Colonel Travis (Steven Seagal) will be dispatched to deal with the situation - they will use a top-secret weapon for that... And then the film really begins.

This is a really, really good action thriller - and there is not so many of them. The scenario, although containing some rather impossible things, is not half bad - in fact this film, made in 1996, anticipated (in a way) some real terrorist attacks in the future...

The main villain is ABSOLUTELY TERRIFYING, in a calm, calculating, brilliant, eloquent, charmingly satanic way. In this film David Suchet proved once again that he is an amazing actor, who can play anything and everything - if he was asked to play a broccoli, I am certain other broccolis would welcome him as a long lost cousin...
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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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