Con Air (1997)

Con Air



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Movie Info

Former war hero Cameron Poe (Nicolas Cage) is sentenced to eight years in prison when he accidentally kills a man in a barroom brawl while defending his pregnant wife. When his release comes through, he's eager to see the daughter he's never met. However, Poe's original flight is delayed, so he's put aboard a flight transporting ten of the most dangerous men in the American penal system to a new high-security facility. One of the criminals, Cyrus "The Virus" Grissom (John Malkovich), is a serial … More

Rating: R
Genre: Action & Adventure
Directed By:
Written By: Scott Rosenberg
In Theaters:
On DVD: Mar 24, 1998


as Cameron Poe

as Vince Larkin

as Cyrus Grissom

as Garland Greene

as Diamond Dog

as Duncan Malloy

as Sally Bishop

as Tricia Poe

as Pinball

as Swamp Thing

as Devers

as Johnny 23

as Salvatore `Sally Can...

as Francisco Cindino

as Billy Bedlam

as Mongoose

as US Marshal Falzon

as Chopper Pilot

as Chambers

as Fuel Jockey

as Ted/Pilot

as Bus Guard

as Sheriff

as Debbie (age 6)

as Londell

as Carlos

as Uncle Bob

as Female Baggage Handl...

as Transportation Offic...

as Stickman

as Man in Car

as Woman in Car

as Cop in Vegas

as Huey Pilot

as Air Traffic Controll...

as Guard Renfro

as Guard Garner

as Old Con on Plane

as Supervisor

as Airplane Pilot

as Co-Pilot No. 2

as Soldier

as Soldier

as BOP Official Grant

as BOP Bus Driver

as Paramedic

as Paramedic

as Old Man Under Truck

as Cindino's Pilot

as Guard Ryan

as Starkey
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Critic Reviews for Con Air

All Critics (66) | Top Critics (15)

Rosenberg's sarcastic, tough-guy dialogue is full of lean-and-mean one-liners, and the superbly cast actors know how to milk them for all they're worth.

Full Review… | September 18, 2008
Top Critic

Very cool, but also very cold.

Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

A schmaltzy action-adventure at 8,000 feet.

Full Review… | December 18, 2010
Common Sense Media

Resolutely not boring.

Full Review… | July 24, 2009
Not Coming to a Theater Near You

Mega-budget action extravaganzas don't get much sillier than this.

Full Review… | September 18, 2008
TV Guide's Movie Guide

This frankly silly action movie scores major points for bordering on self-parody.

Full Review… | September 18, 2008

Audience Reviews for Con Air

Indulging in a sense of self-stupidity, 'Con Air' comes across as a parody of action films; it has cheesy one liners, clichés and throws in an over the top explosion whenever given the chance. Luckily though the film acknowledges it's own implausibility and the perfectly cast characters are all played with tongue firmly in cheek. Due to it's outrageous nature, however, 'Con Air' suffers in the fauxthentic moments it tries to pretend it's something it's not, and scenes that are meant to be serious come off as out of place and pointless.

There's not really a lot to say, it's loud, dumb, and Nicholas Cage's long hair and terrible southern accent pass the realm of the bad and enter into a new world; a world so bad, it's good.

Cameron Sherwell
Cameron Sherwell

Super Reviewer

Con Air is what I've come to expect of a standard Hollywood action flick, nothing more, nothing less. It's got plenty of action, big explosions, one-liners and pure entertainment value. The plot is pretty good, somewhat original, and fairly fast-paced. The acting is good, and the film has a surprisingly large amount of well-known good actors; Nicolas Cage, John Cusack, Danny Trejo, Steve Buscemi, Ving Rhames and John Malkovich. They all give good performances, as do most of the supporting actors. The characters are well-written and credible. I found it interesting how most of the characters aren't all black or white in their actions and personalities; many of them have a shade of gray or two. The action is well-done, exciting and intense. The special effects(the few there are) are good enough. The ending may be a little extreme, but it's a good climax, and the good things in the film make up for the bad; granted, there are a few downright lame parts, but there are far more good parts than bad. All in all, everything you'd expect from a Jerry Bruckheimer action film, and nothing else. I recommend it to fans of standard action films. 4 Stars 6-1-13

Bruce Bruce

Super Reviewer


Con Air boasts everything that makes a solid slice of action-y Hollywood cheese, and another over the top performance from Nicolas Cage, excpet this time it's in a pretty decent movie. I think the loony Cage performance is under rated, I think the reason people dislike it is because it's been abused in various atrocities lately like Drive Angry and Ghost Rider. But in a movie as fast-paced and explosive as Con Air, that ridiculously wacky performance suits the general mood. John Malkovich also shows up to do his usual menacing shtick and does it pretty well. But there are many flaws with the film. A big problem is that it begins cheesily and continues to progress cheesily, but in a "so bad it's good" kind of way. But around about the final 30 minutes it digs its own grave by adding every single soppy cliche in the book to the formula. That said, this is incredibly formulaic. It's not original, and almost indistinguishable from other Jerry Bruckheimer productions. Either way Con Air has a cult following and for a very good reason. It's strong acting and emotional engagement makes it work. And to be honest over all the explosions and gunfights, I didn't want Nic Cage's character to die. It's almost suspense free, at time sloppily directed, but regardless thanks to it's strong cast, visual style and moments of hilarity, I kind of enjoyed myself. If it's produced by Jerry Bruckhemier you usually expect the worst. It doesn't turn out to be as amazing as you would wish but neither as bad as you might have feared. Director Simon West basically crafts a perfectly acceptable Hollywood blockbuster with an assortment of every recognisable movie cliche ever used, but his great achievement is in how above all else Con Air never really get's boring. If your going to watch a Nicolas Cage action movie, this is one of the decent ones.

Directors Cat
Directors Cat

Super Reviewer

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