Steven Seagal in "Executive Decision"
Now here’s a movie where the right co-lead bites the dust. Steven Seagal, in the middle of his ‘90s heyday, plays a military man teamed with bookish intelligence analyst Kurt Russell to infiltrate a commercial airplane hijacked by terrorists. Their best-laid plans begin to go awry when Seagal fails to make a precarious climb to the hijacked vessel, instead falling thousands of feet to his death. Having the man of action perish 20 minutes into the movie and leave the man of thought in charge of the rescue mission is already a novel idea, amplified by casting the underrated Russell as the unlikely hero while box-office draw and horrible actor Seagal is relegated to worm-food status. The tension created by that reversal keeps this B-movie highly watchable in spite of its many less surprising elements.