Executive Decision (1996)

Executive Decision (1996, USA) C-134m. SCOPE ***˝ D: Stuart Baird. Starring Kurt Russell, Steven Seagal, Halle Berry, John Leguizamo, Oliver Platt, Joe Morton, David Suchet, B.D. Wong, J.T. Walsh, Nicholas Pryor. DIE HARD meets AIRPORT in this crackerjack action thriller. A terrorist group hijack a Boeing 747, intending to force the U.S. government to free one of their leaders. A SWAT team led by Seagal sneaks into the flying(!) plane, which carries a nerve-gas bomb in the cargo hold, big enough to wipe out Washington D.C. Nerve-wrecking, extremely suspenseful, a bull's-eye like SPEED (1994), its only fault is that it goes on too long. Score by Jerry Goldsmith. Written by Jim and John Thomas (PREDATOR). Top editor Baird's first film as a director; previously he had worked on films like IF…. (1968), THE OMEN (1976), SUPERMAN (1978), and, surprise, surprise, DIE HARD 2 (1990).


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