Executive Decision Reviews

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Super Reviewer
June 14, 2006
When this film came out it may have looked unrealistic for terrorists to hijack a plane and use it as a weapon against the USA. As we know now that is a pretty terrifying and real scenario, one that even still makes parts of this film hard to stomach. This plot's attempts to stop the catastrophe are nail-biting suspenseful, with quite a few surprises when it comes to the death toll and likable yet unlikely heroes. It's also very cool that this film celebrates a civilian's (Kurt Russell) intelligence as much, if not more, than the strike team's killing skills. Once the survivors drive away into the snow to the sounds of an old tune you know you've seen one of the best Die Hard films without Bruce Willis.
Super Reviewer
March 28, 2012
One of the first action films I remember seeing where one of the big name leading heroes bites the dust very early on in the film, this was actually quite surprising at the time as you would have never suspected Seagal to die...at least not so early! As it stands this one 'action' in the film gives it real bite above so many others as you really are not so sure what will happen next and who will get blown away.

Obviously Russell won't kick the bucket, that you can put money on but the tension in this film is still feverish as you watch, even after all this time it still holds its own and packs a good solid punch. The plot revolving around Muslim terrorists taking over a passenger airliner with the aim of using it as a weapon of destruction is quite close to the bone these days after all the horrific things that have happened since this film was made, this does make you think and actually makes the film quite haunting and more realistic.

As it goes the film is pretty darn realistic anyway, the special forces unit all proceed in a believeable way, at no point is this film a shoot em up, its actually pretty tight and well thought out. The inner plane sets, aerial shots and bomb sequences all work really well and look good, looking at this film from the posters you would think its a mindless action fest but that is far from the truth, it really is a very good well made thriller.

Add to this a top notch cast with quite a few big names including Platt and Leguizamo in very likeable roles, Berry on ultra cute form and top British thesp David Suchet showing us that he's actually a really good movie actor as well as TV drama star and gives Rickman a run for his money as top well spoken villain.
Super Reviewer
½ April 29, 2007
If there is an example of a highly recommendable suspense thriller, Stuart Baird's Executive Decision is it.Pushing through the two hour mark, the story behind this film is intriguing to say the least. Aside from a 15 minute story setup, the rest of the picture becomes one long anticipation of what will happen.Despite a plot that revolves around terrorists and hijackings, the action is held in check, along with the violence. There isn't much in the way of R-rated material here. Fortunately, the film thrives with the lack of action because of its characters and storyline.The cast of characters are comprised by a lot of recognizable faces, but no one person takes complete control of the film. Kurt Russell can be depicted as the lead; however, he shares the spotlight with many other faces like John Leguizamo, Halle Berry, and Oliver Platt. Steven Seagal fans are in for a surprise while David Suchet is one fantastic terrorist leader.In short Executive Decision is a well-rounded picture and is worth many a viewings.
Super Reviewer
½ October 7, 2011
Terrorists vs. the U.S. of A. at 5 miles high as an international flight is hijacked for nefarious ends. Can it be stopped in time? Typical actioner done well with decent performances.
Super Reviewer
September 8, 2007
A fun action film, even with Steven Seagall kicking in the bucket within ten minutes.
Super Reviewer
½ November 29, 2010
Kurt Russell is cool even when he's supposed to be a pencil neck with glasses (the glasses are discarded half way into the movie and somehow he has 20/20 vision). This is like Die Hard 2, Air Force One and Speed combined into a super movie. The plot is way more relevant and edgy now, considering this has 9/11 written all over it. Surprisingly the villains aren't too stereotypical, but still manage to be diabolical. The supporting cast is all star; including Halle Berry, John Leguizamo, the guy who played Miles Dyson and Steven Seagal (who dies a miserable honor death). It accomplishes everything an action thriller should set out for and has a little bit extra. The action is great, the story is intelligent and the star power is unbeatable.
Super Reviewer
August 25, 2010
90's action films commonly featured hijack plots, especially in the air up there. Kurt Russell delivers.
Super Reviewer
½ October 23, 2007
I just remember Kurt Russel killing people. That alone is worth a star.
Super Reviewer
August 10, 2007
Good cast. Good action thriller about a plane hijacking. Similar to Air Force One and Passenger 57.
Super Reviewer
½ December 10, 2006
Decent cast in a very formulaic thriller that's basically Die Hard on a plane. But I'll give it an extra half star for killing Steven Seagal!
Super Reviewer
½ July 1, 2007
A top quality action film with a strong performance from David Suchet. A terrorist group hijack a plane to get their leader released but do they have other plans as well? Plenty of action, stunts and aerial scenes in this tense action /thriller.
Super Reviewer
October 24, 2006
Excitement action-adventure with Kurt Russell, Halle Berry, John Leguizamo, Steven Seagal and others in a heroic ensemble are on board for first class thrills.
Super Reviewer
October 3, 2006
A tension-crammed, suspense-filled, action-packed thriller. It unloads on high flying excitment and adventure. Plenty of smarts and intelligence. A real thinking man's thriller. It's an unstoppable and fast-paced movie ride.
Super Reviewer
June 12, 2006
Another must for Kurt Russell fans. Leguizamo does not manage to hurt the project, and Seagal is blessedly out the door early on. The absolute best part of this one is the amazing work of David Suchet. A villain bordering on Shakesperian. Hercule Poirot, he ain't : )
Super Reviewer
September 14, 2012
Executive Decision is a strong thriller that delivers an intense and compelling adventure. When Oceanic Flight 343 is hijacked by Islamic terrorist an elite Special Forces team is sent to covertly intercept the flight, and retake it before the terrorists crash it into Washington D.C. The film has an impressive cast that includes Kurt Russell, Steven Seagal, Halle Berry, and John Leguizamo. Additionally, the action sequences are shot especially well, and the film is able to build and maintain a high level of suspense and intensity. However, there are some problems with the directing, and some of the dialog comes off as stale and cliched. While there are flaws with the film, Executive Decision is a riveting action/adventure that's fun and exciting.
Super Reviewer
January 7, 2010
The quintessential 90s action-thriller, featuring Kurt Russell and a team of soldiers kicking terrorist butt onboard a hijacked 747. Nothing extraordinary but terrific fun anyway. Also features Halle Berry early in her film career, as a flight attendant.
Super Reviewer
July 28, 2007
Awesome movie. Excitement action-adventure with Kurt Russell, Halle Berry, John Leguizamo, Steven Seagal and others in a heroic ensemble are on board for first class thrills.
Super Reviewer
August 11, 2011
Full Review Coming!
Super Reviewer
½ May 20, 2008
At the time of seeing this average thriller, I was a major fan of steven seagal so i was a little pissed to see his role in the movie be so short.
April 8, 2012
This was just as good as Air Force 1. It is a must see if u are into triller action movies! The action and suspense scenes are done very well. Good film for 1996 standard
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