EXECUTIVE DECISION (15)
D: Stuart Baird
Warner Bros. (Joel Silver)
USA 🇺🇸 1996
W: Jim Thomas & John Thomas
DP: Alex Thomson
Ed: Dallas Pruitt, Frank J. Urioste & Stuart Baird
Mus: Jerry Goldsmith
Kurt Russell, Halle Berry, John Leguizamo, Steven Seagal, Oliver Platt, Joe Morton, David Suchet
Plane hijack thriller featuring David Suchet, taking a break from his Hercule Poirot TV series, playing a fanatical Islamic terrorist who plans to release a deadly toxin over the American East Coast. Kurt Russell & Steven Seagal head an elite team who plan to intercept the flight and neutralise the threat.
Despite having the guts to provide a real shock quite early on in the second act, Executive Decision is still a hackneyed Die Hard clone which only relocates the action set-pieces which have been done long before and ever since.
Film editor Stuart Baird flexes his directorial muscles, but on this evidence, perhaps his career strengths are better placed in the cutting room.