Any movie with Seagal in it, well................ (by marcmulder70)
Maybe I am not the person to ask, but when Steven Seagal is in a movie, I just have to see it however big or small his part is in the movie. I am a fan and I have collected all of 'his' movies. I am a bit sad that he is getting a little older, but I watch the movies in a different perspective. His moves aren't what they used to be but in this movie you don't notice that at all ;- On a serious note, the movie is well worth watching because of the plot. It's not that it is original but it is one of the best executed in it's genre. It makes you wonder if the terrorists <more>
have watched some of these kind of movies and got inspired to do something similar. Enjoy the movie!!!
In the modern world, Exec Dec strikes closer to home than it originally intended as it eerily foreshadows 9/11 and other acts of terrorism. It makes for a perfect flip-side companion piece to the little-seen Paul Greengrass film United 93. In the world of Exec Dec the heroes save the day and America wins. In United 93 and the real world life isn't that simple. But since this was made 5 years prior to 9/11 it should be judged purely as entertainment and not as any political statement.Kurt Russell plays David Grant, a United States Naval Academy graduate who works as a counter-terrorist <more>
expert for Army Intelligence who is called into the Pentagon when a group of Muslim extremists taken over a flight from Athens to Washington DC. After blowing up the restaurant of the London Marriott, they demand that their recently captured terrorist leader El Sayed Jaffa think O.B.L. be released and that they be given millions of dollars in gold bullion. Grant, suspects that this is merely a ploy to get into US airspace to set off a massive bomb rigged with huge supply of DZ-5 poison gas.Their only apparent option is to blow the plane up over the ocean, killing everyone on-board and sending any evidence that they might have straight to the bottom of the Atlantic. But Colonel Travis that's Steven Seagal folks! suggests hooking up the 747 with a modified F-117x Remora stealth bomber while it's still in the air so he and his commandos can kick some terrorist ass. Dragged along for the ride, Grant and computer nerd Dennis Cahill Oliver Platt are to supervise the link-up and identify Cell Leader Nagi Hassan David Suchet from the Remora. But the link-up falters and only 4 commandos plus Grant and Cahill make it on-board. Travis is killed and the Remora is destroyed, along with most of their equipment.With only a few hours before the plane reaches US airspace and the bare-minimum of equipment the group have to sneak around in the crawlspaces of airplane attics, cargo bays, and elevator shafts searching for the bomb and spying on the terrorists.It's highly intense, superbly photographed and expertly edited entertainment. What first attracted me to Exec Dec was obviously the casting of Russell and Seagal but link-up with the Remora and the 747 is definitely one of the most unique action scenes in the past two decades and was the major selling point of the film for me.I do realize that Seagal has many critics and most of them judge him far, far to harshly and play up his character's death in this film claiming that the only good thing about Exec Dec is 'the death of Seagal 10 minutes into an extended cameo'. Which is a totally foolish and untrue thing to say. Seagal is in the movie for a full 45 minutes before he dies. Which was done to shock the audience into believing that if Seagal dies then any of the cast could be next. And even if you're a Seagal hater understandable considering his recent poor output don't let that overshadow the rest of the film which is, in it's final half-hour, so exciting that you'll be so on the edge of your seat that you won't actually be sitting on it.It does lose some of it's power when compared to the horror-show that is United 93, but like I said, they are either side of the same coin. In the world of Executive Decision the terrorist attacks of 9/11 would never have happened. And if 9/11 was an always inevitable event, then I guess the film IS far-fetched. But it was made pre-9/11 for entertainment, nothing else, so I guess I can forgive it for being so.
Magnificent ---the best ever action-suspense-thriller movie (by sneraj)
Hello: This is Rajeev from India erstwhile living in Chapel Hill, NC and New Orleans, LA .I must congratulate EVERYBODY associated with the making of the film "EXECUTIVE DECISION"!!! Everybody : the actors, director, editor and all the 'behind the screen' crew --- ALL of them deserve my HEARTIEST CONGRATULATIONS for producing such a MAGNIFICENT FILM!!! 'Executive Decision' is THE BEST SUSPENSE-ACTION-THRILLER FILM I HAVE EVER SEEN...and guess what...I have seen it seventeen times! I must add that I HAVE PURCHASED AN AUTHORIZED NOT pirated COPY OF THE VCD/DVD.The <more>
plot is grippingly suspenseful. It is the strongest dose of adrenalin that one could ever get! The cast, the direction, the actors...everything is just par excellence! This film is an epitome of patriotism, counter-terrorism, putting an end to crazy religious ! fanaticism. Actually, this movie should serve as a role model for any action+suspense+thriller film s in the years to come. What is so special about the movie is that there is not only one hero, it is through teamwork, undaunted love for their country as opposed to 'synthetic' patriotism that the goal is finally achieved. This is a story of how the soldiers, with their unflinching zeal circumvent the snags and impediments to lead to victory, albeit ill-equipped ...and all of this with their race against the devil called 'time'! This movie should not be regarded as just a fairy-tale psychological wish-fulfillment type. This movie should provide some technological research material for actual air-to-air linkages. The 9/11 incident has taught us lessons the hard way and this movie should also trigger technological advancement toward counter-terrorism perpetrated by barbarians, of the ilks of the diabolic culprits of 9/11 ... culprits against humanity! Thank God, the American soldiers, along with the brainy Dr. David Grant Kurt Russell and Dennis Cahill Oliver Platt prove more than a match against the virulent terrorists intending to destroy Washington D.C. and most of the Eastern U.S. !!! There is not a single moment when the movie stagnates or becomes a dull monotony. Every second, the watcher is thrilled, every minute the suspense thickens... it is a story of human endeavor for a good cause, to save unsuspecting innocent people from nefariously fanatic terrorists. "Executive Decision" falls in the same class as "Air Force One"! CONGRATULATIONS, EVERYBODY ASSOCIATED WITH THE MAKING OF THIS UNIQUE MASTERPIECE !!! --Rajeev.
Every bit as respectable in counter-terrorist circles as Andy Davis' Under Siege, Executive Decision 1996 is astonishingly prophetic when compared to even United 93 2006 . As the best movie about counter-terrorism aboard commercial airliners, this delicious, well-rounded Warner Bros actioner is virtually The Hunt for Red October 1989 at altitude.The 1990s were an era of high-octane franchises. Warner Bros' Bob Daly & Terry Semel indulged their taste for technothrillers; but in 1999 they just quit the studio. Luckily, they got the Lethal Weapon- and Under Siege-franchises, and <more>
-Decision into theaters, but movie-going for me simply hasn't been the same.Scribe-duo Jim & John Thomas fought so hard for their knowledgeable screenplay that they received producer credits beside Joel Silver and Steve Perry; but the final product probably owes its coherence to editor/director Steven Baird.I do have one problem with the coherence: the 3x editors who eventually polished the movie never quite extricated themselves from the Col.Austin Travis Steven Seagal subplot with more panache than to simply prematurely expend him. True, Seagal made us cringe whenever he mumbled "ay-sap", but that's no reason to kill him off; although when he bullies his own mission-specialist Dennis Cahill Oliver Platt , Travis seems to invite the audience's lack of trust in his judgment--again mitigating against his sudden loss.I don't much like his commandos in a power-vacuum, either. "Rat" John Leguizamo 's behavior especially feels like nails on a blackboard: he's pushy, twitchy, and is allowed to assume command despite being not nearly the smartest tool in the shed--Jean the airline attendant Halle Berry would've made better leader. His character's hasty promotion apparently satisfied the Latino community clamoring for equal screen time, but for me propaganda is still just propaganda. Leguizamo sucks as the Latino poster-boy. His rep will be much better served when he commands the screen with the precision of, say, Courtney B.Vance from Hunt 1989 .While the general breakdown in discipline supposedly derives from the rushed- and ill-prepared mission itself, the team's embarrassing reactions constitute the screenplay's attempt to show that commando training isn't always adequate.The plot, for the first time, features a High Altitude Rescue Vehicle HARV --in this case an F117 "Nighthawk" stealth bomber, called Ramora, for its "sucker"--with an extensible, pressurisable and thoroughly phallic-looking docking collar. Planes that can't dogfight are called "bombers"--they "move like a fish/ steer like a cow". This method of in-flight commando intrusion has only been theorised. The flight envelope of real 747s doesn't support attached rescue vehicles with large enough docking-collars for humans to fit through, but perhaps the new mega-A380s might. So far that's the only intelligent--yet unpublicised--reason to actually up-size commercial fleets to A380s. Films featuring career intelligence officers are going to be more important in the early 21stC, but this is an early, almost harbinger effort from the late 20th.Decision 1996 has virtually everything: the final depiction of a suicide bombing in England, a frustrated black-ops mission where the intel was correct, just late; a realistically courageous and smart female flight attendant vs a headline-grabbing dumb politician, naval aviators actually worth a damn, a HARV, and Steven Seagal in only a cameo.As observed elsewhere, the Achilles' heel of intelligence-gathering is analysis. Lack of manpower or proper local knowledge loses us the context meaning of what's been gathered, and this is what causes the much-vaunted "intelligence failures". Unfortunately, the single-most devastating CAUSE of this is the politicization of intelligence, as the heartbreaking real-life example of Tall'Afar, Iraq shows TIME, 9/26/2005, pp 24-38 .David Grant Kurt Russell is introduced in the movie as a male analyst learning to fly a Beechcraft Bonanza. The device implies he's an intelligence "weakling" trying to better himself. Analysts typically get little respect from field personnel partly because it's hard to take hits on someone else's best guess; although as we see, analysts deserve quite a bit of respect for often guessing correctly. In the face of unknowns--which in the military is the only kind you get--for missions to succeed, everyone must cooperate well.Throughout the movie, Grant is never overconfident, just a concerned and thoughtful pro. This is NOT typical Kurt Russell, who usually likes to play macho; but he's to be commended for his restraint as the Jack Ryan-like analyst pressed into extraordinary service......Not sure if his repeated attempts enticing women to hockey were necessary, but his friction with Travis later inspires Grant to step up to serve, to honor Travis' memory.Another atypical, completely unfunny performance is turned in by Oliver Platt as the Ramora engineer. He's utterly enjoyable with his one prop--which crescendos significantly later, in the only funny "bit of business" Platt gets.Kudos must also go to Berry, who plays Jean with enormous aplomb--and shimmering eyes. She, almost more than anyone else, becomes the hero of the piece; but the movie successfully imparts that avoiding catastrophe takes everyone's cooperation and it's sometimes still not enough .Jerry Goldsmith's brassy theme music bolsters our confidence in the entire movie. There is such a sea of stress along the way that were it not for his bars, many people might be tempted to opt out. Decision 1996 is instead the thinking man's thrill-ride--with just enough dramatic licence when necessary."We wanted him, and now we got him.....and all the baggage that comes with him", muses Grant at the opening about their recently bagged chief terrorist. He's voicing the pragmatist's problem with the type of political arrogance that besets some US Presidents. The movie cleverly implies that some wily terrorists can and do use America's gung-ho attitude against itself. What do terrorists do with one of their own when he's become too much of a liability?--They give him to the Americans to hold by the tail.I'm sure we're all curious to see what will eventually be made of real-life chief terrorists currently cooling their heels in secret CIA-prisons. 9/10 .
Breathtaking, pulse pounding, nail biting...in short an excellent thriller movie! (by blaisecolaso)
The plot and story of the movie can be narrated in one line like hijacking and then rescuing. But my word! the ingredients and flavors added to this one line plot are absolutely breathtaking.I watched this movie on TV. I was just going through all the channels and only by chance I tuned in to this one. From the moment I started watching it I never left my seat. It is that thrilling. The suspense in the movie is one of the best I have ever seen. Full credit to the director. I have watched many other hijack movies like The Air Force One, Con Air....many I forgotten the name also but <more>
"Executive Decision" is cut above the rest. Last but not the least, the end of the movie could have been better. Should have given more credit to the commandos and the landing of the flight could have been shown on the main airport. Thank you for reading.
Let me start by saying how tired I am of movies which seem to think all Arabs are terrorists though at least here, David Suchet doesn't foam at the mouth, like all terrorists seem to be required to do on film . Having said that, I did like this film quite a bit. The fact that Steven Seagal is killed off after only 10-15 minutes of screen time tips off that this is less an action movie and more like a Tom Clancy movie, particularly since the hero, played by Kurt Russell, is an analyst. The whole movie, it could be argued, is a tug of war between Russell and John Leguizamo like Russell, <more>
he's very good , the leader of the commando team and a member of the "shoot first, ask questions later" club, and the fact that it comes down on the side of the analyst is refreshing.It's also refreshing that director Stuart Baird and writers Jim and John Thomas take their cue from the hero, making a movie which respects our intelligence, unusual for a thriller. They draw us in through plot tension and character, rather than gunplay and explosions. And as for the women, while Halle Berry's role as the flight attendant who helps Russell may not seem like much at first, she's allowed to be resourceful as well as vulnerable, and not turn into a bimbo.
A fun, tense, and exciting action/thriller with an excellent ensemble cast, headed by Kurt Russell and including Halle Berry, David Suchet, and John Leguizamo. Even Steven Seagal does a creditable job, mainly because this isn't a "Steven Seagal movie." His supporting role permits him to do what he does best which isn't acting . He doesn't have to pretend to be witty, there's none of that awful smirking he does in a vain attempt to show emotion, the camera doesn't caress his body, and there's not one speech about how gol-dang *good* his character is. He even <more>
manages to enunciate his lines clearly!The plot might have seemed a little far-fetched when the movie was released, but not anymore.I'm not even much of an action film fan, but this one is really a lot of fun.
The movie that you will never see as long as you're flying.. (by Nazi_Fighter_David)
The film concerns a transatlantic flight, hi-jacked between Athens and Washington, D.C. The hijackers are a group of heavily armored suicide fanatical terrorists...Their motivation is supposedly to free a feared and wanted terrorist, recently handed over to US authorities, arrested, and taken to a warship in the Mediterranean...The President has two options: to let the passenger fleet proceed to the United States or destroy it before it gets there along with hundreds of passengers... Steven Seagal is the commando leader who recognizes the threat, but proposes to use a modified Stealth fighter <more>
especially designed for mid-air crew transfers, and thus allow his elite anti-terrorist unit to sneak the Boeing 747, localize and eventually disarm the bomb, and overtake the hijackers...Kurt Russell is the Pentagon intelligence analyst, who believes that the hijacking is just a ruse, that the deadly nerve toxin is on board, and that the terrorists are planning to use it and the airplane as 'a sort of poor man's atomic bomb, to be detonated over Washington..'Halle Berry is the brave helpful stewardess who understood the message of the striking team... She has to identify for them, the passenger who is in control of the bomb...David Suchet is the terrorist who can endanger us all! He is Jaffa's deputy director, Nagi Hassan fanatically driven by hatred and violence... This nasty man seizes control of the air carrier and plans to kill everyone on board... Oliver Platt is the aerospace engineer, who can isolate the bomb's power sources only if he could control his nerves... Joe Morton is the bomb disposal expert who guides Platt through the disabling of the bomb...J. T. Walsh is the ambitious senator who wants to be seen as the savior of the hostages, an image that won't hurt him in the presidential elections...John Leguizamo Seagal's second in command.. hopes for a good movie on board...Thanks to a solid cast and plenty of action and suspense, Stuart Baird's 'Executive Decision' could be a timely reminder to one deceptively simple question: How can we stop hijackers from using planes as weapons?
I saw this in 1996 and thought it was extremely entertaining--an action movie with emphasis on suspense over shoot-em-up thrillers and explosions. Seeing it again, after the events in the past 4 years, is a different experience. Some of the fictional dialog has actually been quoted by fanatics in the news. I had the same reaction with Black Sunday with Robert Shaw. A movie meant as pure escapism is now more like "what if." Executive Decision does ask you to suspend disbelief several times, especially near the end. I would rank it up with Air Force One, which came out a year later <more>
and delivers the same type of "suspense over explosions" entertainment. And this film deserves extra kudos for making the ones that save the world a bit on the "misfit" side Oliver Platt, John Leguizamo, Joe Morton, BD Wong, and yes, even Kurt Russell . Another nice slimy role for late character actor JT Walsh. And David Suchet makes a scary villain. Like the best villains Alan Rickman from Die Hard comes to mind , he can be charming and terrifying at the same time.