Con Air

Con Air

Con Air

Inmates onboard a prisoner transport plane seize control of the vehicle mid-air in this 90s action thriller starring Nicolas Cage, John Cusack, Ving Rhames, Dave Chappelle, and John Malkovich as Cyrus the Virus.

Highly decorated US Army Ranger Cameron Poe (Cage) finds himself in prison for involuntary manslaughter. Eligible for parole, Poe is finally able to see his wife and child again. However, his only way of getting there is via the prison aeroplane, sharing seats with some of the country's deadliest criminals. When the inmates hijack the plane, Poe is forced to play along while secretly planning to thwart their attempts to flee America.

1997Rating: R18, Violence & offensive language116 minsUSA
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Rolling Stone

Rolling Stone

press

Since producer Jerry Bruckheimer and director Simon West — he does commercials — care nothing for the connective tissue of character, the film comes off as cynical pandering, an invitation to revel in the perversity and join in. Con Air has all the signs of a hit. That’s depressing.

Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

Still, the tech credits, especially cinematographer David Tattersall's kinetic compositions and visual effects supervisor David Goldberg's high-tech blendings, stoke the story. It's the well-chosen cast, however, that make this thing fly.

Variety

Variety

press

Malkovich and Buscemi, both playing characters apparently vying to join the Hannibal Lecter ranks of mad genius killers, stand out among a stellar lineup of baddies portrayed by the formidable Rhames, Gainey, Trejo, Chinlund, Jesse Borrego and Dave Chappelle, among others.

Roger Ebert

Roger Ebert

press

This is a movie that knows it is absurd, and does little to deny it.

Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

press

Yes, disbelief is required not so much to be suspended as removed altogether, but it barely matters as this is an adrenaline blast of the highest order.

4.0
The Washington Post

The Washington Post

press

Preposterous, predictable, but excessively entertaining, this frenzied thriller draws both story and characters from such action classics as "The Fugitive," "Die Hard," "The Dirty Dozen" and "The Silence of the Lambs."

Rolling Stone

Rolling Stone

press

Since producer Jerry Bruckheimer and director Simon West — he does commercials — care nothing for the connective tissue of character, the film comes off as cynical pandering, an invitation to revel in the perversity and join in. Con Air has all the signs of a hit. That’s depressing.

Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

Still, the tech credits, especially cinematographer David Tattersall's kinetic compositions and visual effects supervisor David Goldberg's high-tech blendings, stoke the story. It's the well-chosen cast, however, that make this thing fly.

Variety

Variety

press

Malkovich and Buscemi, both playing characters apparently vying to join the Hannibal Lecter ranks of mad genius killers, stand out among a stellar lineup of baddies portrayed by the formidable Rhames, Gainey, Trejo, Chinlund, Jesse Borrego and Dave Chappelle, among others.

Roger Ebert

Roger Ebert

press

This is a movie that knows it is absurd, and does little to deny it.

Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

press

Yes, disbelief is required not so much to be suspended as removed altogether, but it barely matters as this is an adrenaline blast of the highest order.

4.0
The Washington Post

The Washington Post

press

Preposterous, predictable, but excessively entertaining, this frenzied thriller draws both story and characters from such action classics as "The Fugitive," "Die Hard," "The Dirty Dozen" and "The Silence of the Lambs."

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