Executive Decision 1996

Executive Decision

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Executive Decision adheres entertainingly to classic action thriller formula, proving a genre outing doesn't need to win points for originality to be solidly effective.

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When terrorists hijack a plane traveling from Greece to Washington, D.C., U.S. Army specialist David Grant (Kurt Russell) and Lt. Colonel Austin Travis (Steven Seagal) join forces to bring the plane to safety. While terrorists on board the plane claim they hijacked the plane to force the U.S. government to release their leader, who was captured by military forces, David and Austin discover that the plane is carrying a bomb full of nerve gas to be released on Washington, D.C.

Cast & Crew

Kurt Russell
Dr. Phil. David Grant
Halle Berry
Jean, Flight Attendant
Steven Seagal
Lt. Col. Austin Travis
Oliver Platt
Dennis Cahill
Joe Morton
Sergeant "Cappy" Matheny
David Suchet
Nagi Hassan
BD Wong
Sergeant Louie
Len Cariou
Secretary of Defense Charles White
Whip Hubley
Sergeant Baker
Jim Thomas
Screenwriter
John Thomas
Screenwriter
Steve Perry
Executive Producer
Jerry Goldsmith
Original Music
Alex Thomson
Cinematographer
Stuart Baird
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Critic Reviews for Executive Decision

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Audience Reviews for Executive Decision

  • Sep 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.
    Dann M Super Reviewer
  • Mar 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.
    Phil H Super Reviewer
  • Oct 07, 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.
    Kevin M. W Super Reviewer
  • Nov 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.
    Conner R Super Reviewer

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