- Rated: R
- Run Time: 2 hours, 13 minutes
- Video: Color
- Released: November 9, 2010
- Originally Released: 1996
- Label: Warner Home Video
- Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
- Aspect Ratio: Widescreen
- Dolby Digital 5.1 - English
- Subtitles - English, French, Spanish
Performers, Cast and Crew:
USA Today - 03/15/1996
"...A spectacularly good special-effects finale..."
Entertainment Weekly - 08/09/1996
"...A thankfully unexploitative, rock-solid piece of work....Logic, wit and chutzpah..." -- Rating: B+
Variety - 03/11/1996
"...Its action and excitement quotient is top-notch....A slick piece of goods with a dark sense of humor, a highly entertaining arsenal of gadgets and a fair share of unexpected developments..."
Los Angeles Times - 03/15/1996
"...It's a nice surprise to come across a savvy piece of work that relies on suspense and is as professional as the elite anti-terrorist unit it celebrates..."
An elite military team must board an airborne, hijacked plane to defuse a nerve gas bomb that could wipe out the entire East Coast. The plot follows a "Die Hard" formula, providing competent suspense.
A flight en route to Washington, D.C. is hijacked by Islamic terrorists, who demand $50 million and their leader's release. To show that they mean business, the men have smuggled enough nerve gas onboard to wipe out half of the U.S. The government must now make an "executive decision" as to whether to shoot down the plane and sacrifice the passengers, for the sake and safety of America.
In the meantime, a gung-ho, multi-ethnic task force is sent into action, led by no-nonsense Austin Travis, and including intelligence analyst David Grant. They attempt to sneak onto the plane in midair, using an experimental aircraft that attaches to the bottom of the jetliner. However, Travis does not survive. Now, The tuxedoed Grant (who's more comfortable behind a desk) must lead the commandoes, and find a way to stop the terrorists -- before it's too late.
- Released theatrically in the USA March 15, 1996. The film grossed $52.6 million domestically.
- Color by Technicolor.
- Directorial debut for editor Stuart Baird.
- Soundtrack album on Varese Sarabande CDs.
- Copyright 1996 Warner Bros.