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Executive Decision September 9, 2007

Posted by Sai in English, Movies, Reviews.
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Starring Kurt Russell, Steven Seagal and Halle Berry, this film is a thriller set on an airplane. An Oceanic Airlines flight travelling to Washington is captured by terrorists. They demand the release of their leader. Dr Grant (Kurt Russell) warns the Pentagon officials that the terrorists might be carrying a nerve gas on board, that could take out Washington and warns them against allowing the plane into US airspace. Unable to kill over 400 civilians, they come up with a preposterous plan to take the terrorists down. Under Colonel Travis (Steven Seagal), the mission gets underway. How the team gets on board and overcomes the terrorists forms the rest of the film.

The plot does seem more real after 9/11 but the movie itself has a campy feel today. The special effects seem very tacky after a decade. However, writers Jim and John Thomas (Predator, Behind Enemy Lines) deliver a screenplay that is filled with twists and turns that should appeal to the average viewer despite the adherence to formula. Editor turned director Stuart Baird doesn’t exactly make a slick flick but he manages to keep up the tense atmosphere despite the lack of scope for action sequences. This isn’t a film for great performances (there is quite a bit of hamming here) but Kurt Russell does a decent job while Steven Seagal and Halle Berry are passable. David Suchet (who played Poirot in the television series) is quite a bore as the main antagonist.

This may not be a particularly intelligent film but it is an entertaining film. Recommended for those who can enjoy such thrillers without bothering too much about reality.

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