Executive Decision is a tense and suspense filled action film starring Kurt Russell and Steven Seagal.
When terrorists who seize control of a trans-Atlantic 747 are suspected of possessing unknown
amounts of chemical weaponry, the U.S. government is left with a dilemma. Should they risk
Washington D.C. and the east coast by letting the plane land, or should they destroy the potential
hazard over the Atlantic, thus killing the 400 civilians aboard? Special Operations officer Lt. Austin
Travis (Steven Seagal) comes up with a third alternative. An elite team can infiltrate the airliner
in mid-air via an experimental plane, and proceed to neutralize the bomb and the terrorist threat.
Joining the elite team is David Grant (Kurt Russell), an intelligence expert who has unparalleled knowledge of
the terrorist leader and his potential motives. But when things start to go wrong, the team
faces danger from all fronts. It is refreshing to see a location based action film that breaks
the Die Hard mold of a determined vigilante vs. the flamboyant villain and his colorful cadre of
henchmen. It is even more refreshing to see that Executive Decision works, and works wonderfully.
The good guys (including John Leguizamo, Joe Morton and Oliver Platt, in addition to Seagal and
Russell) are a highly skilled team and interesting to watch in action. David Suchet as the lead
terrorist is suitably menacing, though he doesn't chew the scenery as has become the villainous
custom. Most of the film concentrates on building suspense, and it does build, keeping your
interest and quickening your pulse as you watch. Executive Decision even takes several of the
cliched staples of airplane disaster films and makes them exciting to watch. The film is well
done, well executed and the best action film to come along in a long while.
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