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Executive Decision Reviews

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February 24, 2018
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.
½ January 2, 2018
A better than average mid-90s actioner
October 25, 2017
It was a entertaining hijack movie. The cast was solid and had great actors. The action scenes were solid but the overall plot of the movie was a bit ridiculous and it wasn?t as fast paced as I was think it would be. Still worth a watch.
July 23, 2017
It doesn't always work, but there's something inspiring about Baird's unwillingness to follow the usual formula.
½ July 14, 2017
Executive Decision might as well be put in a time capsule for future folks to see as an example of a by the numbers 1990's action movie. There is nothing inherently wrong with this movie as it sets out to entertain and does, it just does really nothing more than exist as a means to put together an action movie. There are so many moments where the audience is ahead of the movie and I am sure they were in 96 too. Kurt Russell holds it down as always and leads a crew of action lugheads and doofuses in trying to save the day. And there is Steven Segal in a small role, which is probably one of the coolest things that he did next to Machete. This works as a mindless action movie bursting with generic formula but it isn't bad.
April 9, 2017
Seriously underrated film, from beginning to end, you get yourself immersed into it. Yes, it has some cheesy lines and someone says the film's title at some point but didn't we all enjoy those things back in the 90s? Definitely a must see!
March 18, 2017
Very awesome and action-packed. Steven Seagal isn't in it enough, though. The action is very cool.
January 14, 2017
Better than air force one. Much better.
½ January 10, 2017
A generic but competent hijack movie that's fun while it lasts...but not that much fun.
August 17, 2016
This was a pretty good 90s rescue movie. haent seen it in a long time, though.
½ March 25, 2016
If you're gonna travel - you've gotta take Kurt Russell!
Perfect combination of action and technical gadgetry (dirty bomb know-how) delivers non-stop tension. I could not leave this movie - it loses nothing on a TV size screen. Hasn't dated. Excellent special effects. Just go along for the ride. Total surprise.
½ March 19, 2016
I wonder why this is rarely talked about as one of the best Die Hard variants. Because, without question, Executive Decision is essentially Die Hard on a plane. I love this movie for a lot of reasons (as long as you look past the pre-9/11 racial profiling.) First of all, I think the cast is very good. Kurt Russell is excellent as an intelligence agent who is out of his element in a real crisis. Steven Seagal is the perfect action guy who butts heads with Russell. Oliver Platt is exactly what you'd expect out of a nerdy tech-guy. And, best of all, Halle Berry isn't given many lines so she can't screw up the whole film. The story is tense and does a superb job of raising the stakes at just the right moments to keep you on the edge of your seat. While it may not be respected as one of the better 90s action movies, it is easily one of my favorites, and I was happy to see that it still holds up well. Perhaps the biggest problem with Executive Decision is its stupid title. That is a phrase which is used once and only once in the entire movie and it doesn't have a lot of bearing on what happens in the movie. A better title could have helped communicate what the movie is really about. There is one other aspect of the film that I really love, but I can't talk about that without spoiling something that happens kind of early on, and it is definitely a surprise.

Spoilers: I think the best decision the writers made in this film was surprising everyone by killing off Steven Seagal early. You have to remember this was a time when Seagal was still a popular action star, so to eliminate him from the movie was a shocker, but it helps the story tremendously. Because his character is eliminated this movie doesn't become a mindless film where the military guys kick all the terrorists in the face one at a time and never have any problem. Instead the team on board the plane are forced to use their heads and out-think the enemy, which is much more interesting and enjoyable. In fact this movie includes so much planning, problem-solving, and strategizing that it almost doesn't fall in the action movie category. But I love that because it is more tense and exciting for the heroes to have those kind of obstacles to overcome.
March 5, 2016
A fun action movie to be honest!
February 27, 2016
So much better than the "critics" said...lots of fun and Kurt Russell is one of the most underrated actors of the past half century
February 26, 2016
Good action flick. Good performances from talented members of the cast.
January 10, 2016
Good triller and fits even more in today's era with worries of terrorism. One of Kurt Russell's better action movies.
½ October 19, 2015
Good hijack plane movie. Engaging and exciting. America SEALs team capture a terrorist warlord. An Oceanic airline is been hijack by terrorist Andreas Katsulas and gang and want to release the leader. Kurt Russell is an intel expert who think they may have other plan as well. Lt.Col Steven Seagal is to lead his men to take over the plane up in the air. Using a stealth plane and technology developed by Oliver Platt, they go underneath and connect a tunnel to board the airline undetected. The airline pull up and a commando Joe Morton fell and unconscious. Kurt quickly try to push him up. The tunnel break and Steven is rip out to the sky. John Leguizamo has to take charge now. Joe is hurt badly at the spine. A stewardess Halle Berry is smart and quickly hide the passenger manifest. BD Wong found the bomb. They install CCTV to monitor the situation. When Kurt is going down the pantry lift, Halle saw him and distract Andreas. Joe need Oliver help to diffuse the bomb while the rest station for attack. In the Pentagon, defense sec Len Cariou still hope the team manage to get on board as the airline is approaching US territory. The bomb is nearly diffuse when it suddenly go to active mode. Joe says they have to find a sleeper who remote control it or they have to diffuse the bomb. Kurt use the phone to tell Halle find anyone who has computer device. John want to strike because time is running out. Halle find one guy and they are ready. The F-14 jets that's escorting the airline is deploy to shoot the plane down. Whip Hubley use the tail light of the plane to send Morse code to the pilot they are on board. Len call off the strike. Oliver is trying to place a straw in between the 2 metal piece which will trigger the bomb but there's many laser security. Kurt pretend to use Halle as hostage and go near the sleeper. But turns out the guy is just holding a box of diamonds. He scan quickly around and saw the real sleeper. John shut the lights and all go down to attack. The sleeper manage to press enter before dead and Oliver luckily slot in the straw. Andreas shot John and kill the pilots. John turn around and kill him. Kurt try to fly the plane and with Halle help they landed dangerously but survives. Kurt get the respect of the soldiers and he invite Halle for a cup of coffee.
August 19, 2015
Here begins a sequence of reviews of films I watched in a Saigon hotel room when it was too hot or rainy to go outside. I wasn't looking forward to seeing this but there was nothing else on. Seeing that Kurt Russel and Steven Segal was in it didn't bode well. I'm pleased to say I was pleasantly surprised however. It's quite a cool film, with a decent story and action packed, of course. It didn't drop into the realms of fantasy either, which I respect.
August 2, 2015
Solid action flick. Love the cast. How did Kurt Russell not become a huge action star back in the day...? lol. I love Segal's outcome in this.
April 28, 2015
When they killed off Seagal ten minutes in,no matter what,I was going to like this film.
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