When Oceanic Airlines flight 343 is hijacked, the U.S. Military devises a plan to get Army Commandoes onboard the jet at 39,000 feet. The hijackers are unaware of the commandoes, while the soldiers are unaware of a weapon planned to take out the eastern seaboard of the U.S., the rogue unit must fight against time and the shaky government before they blow the jet out of the sky.
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This was a good film. It immediately caught me off guard as Stven Segal was killed off in the first action scene. Although I don't dislike Segal and his acting this movie was probably better off without him. This is the first action film I have seen Kurt Russell in since Brackdraft and Stargate, and I always forget just how wonderful he doed in this type of film. The story line is a bit far-fetched as far as the rescue goes. I don't see hooking up to a commercial jet-liner with a stealth via a cloth-like tube in mid-air probable. I guess if anyone could find a way to make it happen it would be the military with these types of tools, but I just don't think it would happen. If it did it probably wouldn't come off as well as it did. If you can get past that you should enjoy the film however.
I am surprised that even after reading all the comments about thismovie, that no one seems to have noticed something about it, with onlytwo comments even touching upon this fact. This movie came out in 1996.That is a few years BEFORE the terrorist attacks on 9/11. The plot linerevolves around a group of Arab extremists (does Hollywood know of anyother kind?) hijacking an airplane and using it to wreak havoc onWashington. Bin Laden is part of the Royal Saudi family and before hisrebellion against them and the values they are encompassing, was verywell off. (He may still well be) Hasn't it occurred to anyone that hemay well have seen it and got the idea for this type of attack fromthis movie? I am not going to make any comments about the movie itself.That's not my point here. My point is does anyone in Hollywood takeresponsibility for putting such ideas out there. I think that in spiteof our saying that there is a lack of plausibility, writers would dowell to consider the world we are currently living in and make filmsthat would be impossible for a terrorist to actually make a reality. Iknow many will feel this flies in the face of the creative process, butperhaps they could get a little more creative and do this in a way thatthe audience wouldn't particularly notice. Thoughts anyone?
Action packed story of a group of commandosthat board a 747 mid flight and attempt toovercome the terrorists who've taken control.Kurt Russell, the non-military interloper,has to take charge of the situation in Steven Segal'sabsence.Good entertainment and faults aside, well worth a look.Rating 6/10
When terrorists (Lead by David Suchet) hijacked 747 in midair. A teamof Anti-Terrorist Operatives (John Leguizamo, Joe Morton, B.D. Wong,Whip Hubley and Steven Seagal) find a way to get on the 747 by usingthe Romora F117X. Their mission is to locate and disable a nerve-toxinbomb that could destroy the whole U.S. Eastern Seaboard. Theanti-terrorist operatives receives help from an inexperienceintelligence analyst David Grant (Kurt Russell) and an engineer (OliverPlatt) to go along with the mission but the leader of the ATO dies.Grant has no other choice to take command of the mission and as wellfor disarming the bomb before it arrives in Washington D.C. But theteam are also in luck, when a Flight Attendant (Oscar-Winner:HalleBerry) decides to help to stop the terrorists.Directed by Stuart Baird (U.S. Marshals, Star Trek:Nemesis) made anentertaining action-thriller that has some suspense and exciting actionsequences. The cast are good here (especially Suchet in a strong roleas the lead villain) 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.DVD has an sharp anamorphic Widescreen (2.35:1) transfer (also in Pan &Scan) and an good Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound. DVD doesn't haveany bonus features. This is a well made action-adventure that is a bitlong as well but it features, good solid entertainment. Worth a look.Written by Jim Thomas & John Thomas. Which the Thomas Brothers are bestknown for writing "Predator" and "Predator 2". Joel Silver (LethalWeapon Series, The Matrix Trilogy, Die Hard) produced this movie.Panavision. (****/*****).
Early in the film we discover what the plot is. Terrorists havehijacked a plane and have a cannister of super potent nerve gas DZ-7, apound of which can kill everyone in a large city, and they plan to blowup the plane over washington DC . Well hell - you don't need a hijackedplane for that, do you? Just leave a few jars of the stuff in selectspots on the ground with an m-80 and a cigarette fuse attached andyou're done, right? I never did get an answer to that and it kind ofruined the film for me but if you can overlook that flaw, it's a goodflik.As usual, lots of improbable scenes in the movie. At one point thegood-guy commandos who snuk on board the plane want to send a signal toanother plane. Just like that they find the electrical wiring handbookfor the plane and use that to send morse code with the rear lights!!!!!Kurt Russell is the star and as usual he's quite good. Hale Berry is astew and as usual has nothing to offer. She's all skin and bones andshe's not pretty. Johnny Carson used to joke that the greatest mysteryin the world is how whoopi goldberg ever got to be a star and i feelthe same way about HB.
The beginning of this film with the strike team and later the civilian analyst who advises the military has the feel of a Tom Clancy novel. While not nearly the quality of a Tom Clancy story, it does have an excellent cast which makes it enjoyable to watch. The flight sequences are just too unbelieveable to take seriously. There is a lot of action and an engaging plot which will keep your attention. I enjoyed this film just from the all star cast.While this is a good film, I recommend Tom Clancy's series based on the character of CIA Analyst Jack Ryan. (The Hunt For Red October, Patriot Games, Clear And Present Danger, The Sum of All Fears.)
I really liked EXECUTIVE DECISION for two basic reasons. One, the bad guys are Islamic terrorists--the most likely group of thugs to take over an airplane. (Yes, this movie was made pre-9/11; nowadays you would never see Hollywood dare go that politically incorrect route again.) Second, Steven Seagal is only in this film briefly. (I stood up and cheered following his departure.) Yet putting all of the above aside, this is one fun flick to sit down and watch, as a reluctant intelligence expert (Kurt Russell) leads a group of commandos clandestinely aboard a jetliner to stop the terrorists before they can inflict catastrophic death along the eastern seaboard. Meanwhile, back in DC, the Secretary of Defense (Len Cariou), acting on behalf of the abroad President, must make an executive decision: Allow the commandos to do their job--even though the plane is getting perilously close to Washington--or blow the plane out of the sky, killing over 400 innocent people. Nothing like a good seat-squirmer.The cast, led by Russell, meshes well; special unit forces members include John Leguizamo, Joe Morton, and B.D. Wong. Oliver Platt is annoying, but that's just me, while David Suchet plays an evil, snarling (yet stereotypical) head zealot. Best of the best is Halle Berry (wolf howl), playing a flight attendant who assists the special team. Yes, it's all over the top, from the stealth fighter secretly sucking onto the airplane to unload the commandos, to Morton and Platt's endless bomb disarm attempts, to a silly emergency landing (sure, just anyone can land an airliner). But there are thrills and chills galore, twists and turns, and a boatload of suspense, making EXECUTIVE DECISION one wild and fun ride.--D. Mikels, Author, The Reckoning
This unusual action movie is the first I've seen where the hero dies in the beginning. The suspense is incredibly realistic and mesmerizing. The characters actually act like real people would. There is nothing too far fetched in this movie(Yes, I think the 747 boarding is plausible). I loved this movie because of its striking realism. The one flaw that I can see would be the tolerance that the terrorist leader had for Halle Berry.
Slam-bang thriller is an intense, pulse-pounding thrill ride frombeginning to end. Russell stars as a smart but inexperiencedintelligence analyst who's given the task of a lifetime when he, alongwith a group of rugged special forces commandos, must board an American747 in mid-air after it's hijacked by ruthless internationalterrorists. It's a race against time as they must not only ensure thesafety of all the passengers, but retake the plane before it can reachthe U.S. eastern seaboard. Swift direction, exciting, skillful actionsequences, endless suspense, and rock solid performances make this wildride of a movie a definite must for action fans. ***
So, is your adrenaline a little low? Suffer from low blood pressure? Have I got a cure for you: Executive Decision.
EXECUTIVE DECISIONAspect ratio: 2.39:1 (Panavision)Sound formats: Dolby Digital / DTS / SDDSNormally, the name Steven Seagal would be enough to send anyself-respecting movie fan screaming from theaters in a state ofadvanced colonic distress, but he makes only a brief appearance in thisbarnstorming blockbuster as the leader of a crack commando unit who isunceremoniously dumped (literally) from a great height during a botchedrescue mission, leaving terrorist expert Kurt Russell to save the dayfor Humanity and the American Way. David Suchet (Hercule Poirothimself!) is the villain this time out, a fanatical Arab assassin whohijacks a passenger plane and threatens all manner of unpleasantness ifthe US doesn't release a fellow terrorist from custody. Russell managesto sneak on board the plane with Seagal's commando unit (now led byJohn Leguizamo), but they find themselves sharing space with a deadlynerve bomb, which Suchet intends to detonate over Washington DC, comewhat may...Former editor Stuart Baird (THE OMEN, SUPERMAN) makes his directorialdebut with this gung ho potboiler, which looks decidedly hammypost-9/11, and which could never be accused of enriching ourunderstanding of the Human Condition. But the melodramatic script (byJim and John Thomas) twists the screws for its papier-mÃ¢chÃ© charactersbefore reaching a frenzied boiling point during the climacticconfrontation between slimy foreign upstarts (mown down like skittles,without a second thought) and All-American good guys (invincible intriumph, martyred in defeat). Baird directs with sure-footed economy(the film doesn't feel padded at all, despite the 132 minute runningtime), and while some of the early scenes threaten to submerge viewersbeneath a wave of unbridled testosterone, matters improve when Russelltakes center-stage, playing the Everyman hero who proves every bit asresourceful as his militaristic companions. Halle Berry plays aterrified stewardess who helps save the day, while the main cast isbolstered by dependable talent in secondary roles (B.D. Wong, JoeMorton, George Coe, Len Cariou, etc.). Overblown stuff, and morallydubious to boot, but mindlessly entertaining nonetheless.
Kurt Russell stars as a buttoned-up think-tank guru who suddenly finds himself trying to save the city of Washington D.C. from evil terrorists! Russell and a crack military team manage to board a commercial airliner (in mid-flight) that's been hijacked by the band of Middle-Eastern extremists. In addition to subduing the hijackers, Russell and company have to defuse a poor man's bomb that threatens to wipe out our nation's capital. Like other recent action/terrorist films ("Air Force One"... "Con Air"), "Executive Decision" calls for a major suspension of disbelief. Nevertheless, the film had a focused storyline that moved rapidly as the good guys worked against the clock. Thankfully, the film avoided any tangential themes or gratuitous one-liners that would have bogged down the action. You can probably guess how the flight's going to end, but it's still a fun and suspenseful ride. This film features several solid supporting performances, including Marla Maples Trump's non-speaking delivery of the "terrified stewardess" role
This review is from: Executive Decision [Blu-ray] (Blu-ray) I always liked this movie. Always kept you in your seat and the acting was good. Though, when this originally came out in the theaters, I remember all the previews for it and you saw Steven Segal was in it, and I was like "Oh Yeah! Cool!". Then I saw it, and was like, Oh man, he died in the first few minutes. Kind of a buzz-kill but still enjoyed it. FYI, if you like this movie, get Under Siege 2, Steven Segal is in it way more than this movie.
This is unforgivably poor. Seagal presumably had a bust-up over fees duringfilming and takes off before the movie begins. Personally speaking, his nameshould be off the front cover as he's not really in it.I got this out as I've seen a few of his movies and felt like an undemandingwedge of mindless violence. So when he disappears after 10 minutes, youbegin feel a little peeved (not to mention conned).Early on things start going wrong: some sort of plot begins to emerge(weird? This is Seagal country), but not to draw you in. No, the plot isthere to save money on action sequences, which is the whole point of thistype of movie. I don't know what the budget was on this film but I lostcount of the number of times Russell takes a trip in the mini-elevator fromthe hold to the passenger area. Seventy percent of the film takes place inthe baggage hold: so basically that would be a very small room with a fewsuitcases in it. I could have made this film with the proceeds of a weekendMcJob. My terrier ÂKeith' Â could have written it.I struggled on this movie. I'm struggling now to recall anything of noteabout it. A smell lingered after this film was returned to its case and itwas bad. Very bad.
Edge of the seat thriller, top notch! The movie kept my interest all along with some nail biting moments.Look for Halle Barry in one of her earliar roles.
It is excellent movie....with lot of suspense as a leader of operations dies and someone who is just added to the team becomes leader. Its amazing to see the twist and turn...really keeps you hooked to the screen. This has became one of my best action movies
I was happy to see this film. This movie has balls, Stven Segal get killed off in the first 30 min of the film and Kurt Russel takes over the leading role. Sorry if I spoiled it for you, but if you haven't seen it yet then reading this right now will soften the blow for when you actully do see it. Also whats great is that it not a one-man-army type moive. All the members of the team have to work together to complete the mission, everyone plays a critical part. I highly recommend this action film.
Take a late-blooming action star and an action hero whose career is in a downslide, and you get an action film seriously lacking in... action.
What attracted me to this film was Seagal. To bad he only appeared for part of the movie. Interesting part was that film had a good and original story... with a twist.
Just a warning I'm about to give away a bit of the "plot". Anyway, I wentto this movie with the anticipation of seeing another great Steven Seagalmindless action flick with all of the blistering-fast fight scenes we'vecome to expect but after the first 30 seconds of action they kill him offand we're stuck watching a nerdy Kurt Russel defend mother, apple pie andthe good ole USA. However I must admit Oliver Platt as the engineer washilarious.