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A gang of hijackers led by Ray Petrie (Ian McShane) seize a British plane as it is landing in Scandinavia. Ruthless military police chief Colonel Tahlvik (Sean Connery) is assigned to ... See full summary »

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A gang of hijackers led by Ray Petrie (Ian McShane) seize a British plane as it is landing in Scandinavia. Ruthless military police chief Colonel Tahlvik (Sean Connery) is assigned to rescue the plane and its passengers. But he must also deal with the problem of the British Ambassador, whose residence has been seized by a second group of terrorists. Written by Jonathon Dabell <J.D.@pixie.ntu.ac.uk>

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Sean Connery tries to outwit airplane hijacker Ian McShane
14 February 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The pros and cons of "The Terrorists" have been well aired in other reviews. I liked the film, even if it was not a top tier thriller. What did I like about it? It kept moving with different situations and twists. The plot was a good one. It's inventive and reasonably realistic in how the two sides behave. The behavior of the two sides was rational, each in their own ways.

There was an interesting situation in which one group of terrorists had kidnapped the British ambassador and were making demands to get an airplane so that they could parachute to their hiding spot. There is then a plot twist concerning the secrecy of that spot that drives the action and links up to another band of terrorists friendly to the first. That group, led by McShane, hijacks an airplane and offers safe haven to the first group. This leads into a battle of wits and resources between Connery and McShane.

The performance of Sean Connery was highly watchable. He provided the most sparks. McShane was cool and in command at the plane.

A subplot led into an airplane chase through mountains that was nicely filmed.

I thought the film's tension was quite well maintained. There is a twist ending that has left some viewers disappointed. I think one has to understand that Connery is playing a Scandinavian military man and he has issues with the British, and that conflict also occurs at the higher diplomatic levels. Connery also has conflicts with his own higher-ups. Connery thought the British were playing too fast and loose with innocent lives in their scheme to capture the first group of terrorists.

I don't think this film is a bomb, as some do, or even to be ignored as others do. It's not up to its contemporary thrillers like "The Taking of Pelham 1-2-3" but few pictures are. Overall this is a respectable thriller, not dependent on gimmicks. It's not a comic caper movie or a comic eurospy kind of light movie. It's more serious, in fact, serious all the way through. It manages to stand on its own feet and survive the years, in my opinion.


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