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Con Air
Academy Award® Nominee
A newly-paroled ex-con finds himself trapped on a transport plane when the passengers seize control.

Starring Nicolas Cage, John Cusack, John Malkovich...  View more >

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[--- Good ---]by  
Jan 25, 2000
Con-Air is a nutty, yet typical 1997 action flick. It's what I thought this movie would be. However, it isn't as bad as the other blockbusters (Lost World, to name one), and it is quite fun. At least it never stops, unlike Speed 2.

Con-Air is almost exactly like "The Rock", the masterpiece of action that had six memorable action scenes in one film (The car chase, the mining chase in prison, the jet attack, the melting suit scene, the heart injection and the opening steal scene, in case you were wondering), but Con-Air is just more upbeat and more stupid than Rock.

While none of this noise would ever happen (the government WOULD shoot the plane down instead of Nicolas Cage trying to save it), it's enjoyable nonetheless.

Grade: B

Jan 25, 2000
First of all...I liked it! To begin with, I still don't know if it was meant to be as funny as it was, but it was, with bits of dark humor that enhanced the storyline, but it was funny.

The basic premise of the film, get a bunch of really hard-core criminals together, put them all on the same plane for some reason and send them someplace together...okay not too original, but it was a start. Of course there is one person who is being released and just hitching a ride home...and this just happens to be Nicholas Cage who has obviously trained at the same place that Rambo did. The explosions were kinda cool, but the strangeness of the cast of characters makes this film a joy to watch.

NICOLAS CAGE, JOHN CUSACK, JOHN MALKOVICH, STEVE BUSCEMI, VING RHAMES, and a bunch of other people you'll recognize by face, all come together to play the meanest and nastiest criminals in the U.S. and somehow build a storyline that includes a little bunny (please don't ask).

Bottom line...I would never fly an airline like ConAir (even though it has the same name as a very popular hair dryer), but then again...they did have some fun.

[--- See Now! ---]by  
Jan 25, 2000
Definate must see Action Movie of the Summer! This is without a doubt the scariest movie I have ever seen. The evolution of the characters is exceptional and sent chills up and down my spine. It tends to get a little far-fetched in the second half, but is still entertaining. Great potential for a music video to the song "You are my Sunshine" in the middle.

[--- See Now! ---]by  
Jan 25, 2000
Well, Jerry Bruckheimer has done it again. "Con Air", starring Nicolas Cage, John Cusack, and John Malkovich, while not quite as good as last year's "The Rock", delivers the goods. Ok, you already know what it's about, because everyone else gave you the film synopsis, so I'll get straight to the review. This is an over the top action/comedy thrill ride. Yes, that's right, I said comedy. I wouldn't have known it going in, but this was an extremely funny movie. The first half is relatively slow, but the exceptional performances and dark humor pull you through, setting up for the non-stop finale. In the second half, as in any other Bruckheimer film, all hell breaks loose and everything blows up, killing more people than I'd care to count.

Steve Buscemi (Garland Greene, aka The Marietta Mangler) steals the show. He doesn't arrive until the half way mark, but he pulls off his creepy character perfectly and supplies much of the dark humor. His Hannibal Lecter-esque character is one you will not soon forget. One of the most memorable scenes ever, when he's sipping tea...oops, sorry. Spoiler.

Anyway, see this movie. See it for the phenomal cast. See it for the humor. See it for the over the top action. Just see it.

[--- See Now! ---]by  
Jan 25, 2000
Con Air was a great movie with believeable characters. Nicholas Cage had a great role and through the whole movie you cheered him on. He did a great job of being funny while being serious. Even the cons in the movie had characteristics that made them funny and possibly likable. The special effects were great. The movie contained a plot that was far fetched but still possible. Overall I thought Con Air was a great movie!

[--- Stay Away! ---]by  
Jan 25, 2000
This movie was so cliched it was ridiculous. Only good for a laugh-at the rest of the dumb audience who paid to see this movies expense!

[--- See Now! ---]by  
Jan 25, 2000
Con Air is a crackerjack action film in the vein of "The Rock" and "Die Hard". A no nonsense, exciting action epic, it sets up the characters as either good or bad early on in the movie and then gets them to do all sorts of cool things throughout the movies 115 minutes. Nicolas Cage is fairly dull in his role as Cameron Poe, but John Malkovich as Cyrus The Virus and Steve Buscemi as Garland Greene add a bit of colour to the film. The real star is the action and the director Simon West masterfully edits his film together. Countless explosions and piles of dead bodies in this film, but it is a straight forward, gung ho film which is a genuine crowd pleaser. **** out of *****.

Jun 15, 2003
\"Con Air\" is a high flying action movie which Nicolas Cage is trapped on a plane when inmates take over the plane. John Malkovich is good as the leader of the hijackers and Steve Buscemi is the film\'s big surprise as a Hannibel Lector type fellon who delivers the film\'s best lines. \"Con Air\" is the best fun you ever had this summer.
Jul 31, 2011
Oct 27, 2022
This is pure Nicolas Cage action right here. Turn off your brain, have some fun, and don't regret any of it.

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