YMMV: Executive Decision

  • Harsher in Hindsight: A Middle Eastern terrorist group is behind a bombing in London, and they later hijack a plane with which they plan to attack Washington D.C.. "Ouch" doesn't start to describe how much harsher this film is today.
  • Moral Event Horizon: Hassan deciding to continue the original plan and deploy a whole lot of Deadly Gas over the Eastern Seaboard (killing everybody on the plane and Heaven only knows how many people on the ground) even after the Americans release the terrorists' leader, in order to "teach the infidels a lesson". If that doesn't crosses it, his immediate retaliation against another member of the terrorist crew that points out that the mission has been accomplished and there's no need to perform that action (which is to toss him against the plane's staircase and machine-gun him dead) definitely does.
  • WTH, Casting Agency?: Seriously... David freaking Suchet as a Middle Eastern terrorist...
  • Tear Jerker: Travis's death.
    • Sure that one flight attendant was gushing about her recent wedding a little, much. She still didn't diserve to be so unceremoniously murdered that way, and left on the floor.
    • The murder of the pilot and co-pilot near the end was fueled by childish callousness.