This is a low budget clone of "Executive Decision" (1996) and "Airforce One" (1997). It was also made in 1997 more than likely after seeing the other two films and they thought it would be a good earner to almost directly rip off the two big budget films. It is not the worst film ever made (That would have to be "House of the Dead"), but it is quite weak. Apparently a crack team using stealth tactics don't think of using silenced guns, and gun fire in a pressurized plane does not cause any damage. It was funny seeing "Hal" from "Malcolm in the Middle". He looked quite young in this. If you have nothing better to do, it is still worth a watch, if only to spot the direct copied scenes and script errors. Mind you, it was nice to see the old SR71 Blackbird being used. I always loved this sleek high speed stealth aircraft that led to the B2 Bomber and F117 Nighthawk - used in "Executive Decision".
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Strategic Command (1997)
Strategic Command is a movie starring Michael Dudikoff, Paul Winfield, and Richard Norton. Rick Harding is a former Marines officer, now working in the FBI as a chemical weapons designer. While packing up for the night, a group of...
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Rick Harding is a former Marines officer, now working in the FBI as a chemical weapons designer. While packing up for the night, a group of armed soldiers led by wanted criminal Carlos Gruber, break into the FBI research lab. They steal large amounts of a newly created germ warfare chemical called Bromax-360, loosing two of their men in the process before escaping into the night.
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Cheap clone of Executive Decision & Airforce OneReviewed byterminator-3Vote: 3/10
This film is pretty damn bad. As has already been mentioned the film steals the plots of Executive Decision and borrows a bit of the Rock for good measure.
What I did not understand was why would the kidnappers hijack the Vice Presidents plane ?? Surely with all that potential chemical death on board any plane would have done. In fact why use a plane at all just use a bomb in a warehouse with the chemical. Oh well who knows the minds of master criminals in terrible films ?
The plot is stolen from executive decistion. The aerial shots are borrowed from stock footage. This really only leaves the acting to save it - sadly it doesn't. Stereotypical bad guys and Stereotypical good guys (the leader of the special forces team sent in to rescue the Vice President is a gung ho idiot so that the main film hero can take over - oh my god).
Good look finding more work for all involved in this turkey.
Combine the two and what do you get? STRATEGIC COMMAND (originally titledEXECUTIVE PRIVILEGE, the title I prefer, which was also the original titleof MURDER AT 1600). Michael Dudikoff comes to the rescue when the VicePresident (Michael Cavanaugh) is held prisoner en route to D.C. For somereason (probably budget ones), the plane is a commercial airliner instead ofAir Force Two. Due to the limited Secret Service (three guys and a girl),Richard Norton and cronies manage to overtake the plane, courtesy of atraitorous Secret Service agent, holding everyone aboard hostage for the oldstandby demand of wanting a fellow terrorist released from prison. Teamingwith an elite strike force, Dudikoff attempts to save the day and hisgirlfriend (Amanda Wyss), a journalist who's on board to do an exclusiveinterview with the Vice President. Nick Corri is the head of the team, who(naturally) dislikes Dudikoff immediately but comes to except him. As withEXECUTIVE DECISION, their method of boarding the plane is by way of aspecially-designed plane, this time an SR-71. But the operation goes wrong,and half the team gets left behind, leaving only Dudikoff, Corri, and oneother soldier to neutralize the situation. Once on board, it's time to sneakaround and improvise since most of the equipment was also left on the SR-71.The film is somewhat hampered by a low budget and the "rushed" feel that alot of direct-to-video movies have, but it comes out well enough, helpedalong by a great soundtrack that sounds like a merging of the talents ofJerry Goldsmith and John Williams. Brother composers Eric and David Wurstshould be given some big-budget movies to work with. STRATEGIC COMMAND is noAIR FORCE ONE or EXECUTIVE DECISION, but it's decent entertainment for aboring night.