Con Air

1997

Con Air

Critics Consensus

Con Air won't win any awards for believability - and all involved seem cheerfully aware of it, making some of this blockbuster action outing's biggest flaws fairly easy to forgive.

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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 killer and insane genius who has hatched a diabolical plot: with the help of several other hoods, including Diamond Dog (Ving Rhames), Johnny 23 (Daniel Trejo), and Garland Greene (Steve Buscemi), Cyrus and his men will hijack the plane and fly to a neutral nation where they can live as free men. Poe finds himself stuck in the middle; he has to find a way to get home, keep himself alive, look after his cellmate Baby-O (Mykelti Williamson), who will die without proper medicine, and try to help the cops on the ground, including agent Vince Larkin (John Cusack). Producer Jerry Bruckheimer's first film after the death of his partner Don Simpson, Con Air shows he learned well how to assemble the formula all by himself, with plenty of action, stunts, and special effects and not a lot of story to get in the way. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

Cast

Nicolas Cage
as Cameron Poe
John Cusack
as Vince Larkin
John Malkovich
as Cyrus Grissom
Steve Buscemi
as Garland Greene
Ving Rhames
as Diamond Dog
Colm Meaney
as Duncan Malloy
Rachel Ticotin
as Sally Bishop
Monica Potter
as Tricia Poe
M.C. Gainey
as Swamp Thing
Danny Trejo
as Johnny 23
Renoly Santiago
as Salvatore `Sally Can't Dance' Candosa, Salvatore "Sally Can't Dance" Candosa
Jesse Borrego
as Francisco Cindino
Nick Chinlund
as Billy Bedlam
Mario Roberts
as Mongoose
Steve Eastin
as US Marshal Falzon
Ned Bellamy
as Chopper Pilot
Matt Barry
as Chambers
Dan Bell
as Fuel Jockey
Bob Stephenson
as Ted/Pilot
Scott Ditty
as Bus Guard
Tommy Bush
as Sheriff
Lauren Suzanne Pratt
as Debbie (age 6)
David Ramsey
as Londell
Jeff Olson
as Uncle Bob
Dawn Bluford
as Female Baggage Handler
Charlie Paddock
as Transportation Officer No. 1
Randee Barnes
as Stickman
Don S. Davis
as Man in Car
Barbara Sharma
as Woman in Car
Brian Hayes Currie
as Cop in Vegas
Ashley Smock
as Huey Pilot
Scott Burkholder
as Air Traffic Controller
Gerard L'Heureux
as Guard Renfro
Pete Antico
as Guard Garner
George Randall
as Old Con on Plane
David Roberson
as Supervisor
Dick 'Skip' Evans
as Airplane Pilot
Sheldon Worthington
as Co-Pilot No. 2
Robert Taft
as Soldier
Robert White
as Soldier
Chris Ellis
as BOP Official Grant
John Campbell
as BOP Bus Driver
Brian Willems
as Paramedic
Bill Cusack
as Paramedic
Dabbs Greer
as Old Man Under Truck
Marco Kyris
as Cindino's Pilot
John Robotham
as Guard Ryan
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Critic Reviews for Con Air

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Audience Reviews for Con Air

  • May 07, 2016
    "Con Air" does have a few plot issues but in the end is a great 1990's action movie filled with talented actors, experienced cinematographers and thrilling scenes. The plot to "Con Air" is that a man named "Cameron Poe" portrayed by "Nicholas Cage" is sent to prison for 8 years due to him defending his wife's honor. On his release date "Poe" travels by plane with other convicts who attempt to break out and take over the plane. The movie opens with "Poe" returning from his military duty to meet his wife at a bar where she works at. Throughout the movie it shows "Poe" doing everything he can to bring down the criminal plane that he is on. The movie's climax is a thrilling conclusion to a great film. When the movie ended it did leave the audience with some unanswered questions, which frankly is quite annoying. As usual for a 90's movie, "Nicholas Cage" delivers an amazing performance as "Cameron Poe". "Cyrus The Virus" doesn't feel like an antagonist but more like a side character. The music composers for "Con Air" "Trevor Rabin" "Mark Mancina" created some thrilling Rock & Roll music for the movie that sadly has its moments where it doesn't fit it very well. The cinematographer "David Tattersall" does a splendid job at filming action and thrill. If you are a person who enjoys 1990's Action & Adventure films then I do recommend you watch "Con Air" as it has an amazing performance by "Nicholas Cage", a splendid cinematographer and great action sequences. Although the movie is not perfect it has issues, these being the audience being left with unanswered questions, a film score that doesn't blend in well with the movie at points and a weak antagonist portrayed by "John Malkovich". I give 1997's "Con Air" a 7.5/10.
    Steve G Super Reviewer
  • Jan 16, 2016
    Con Air is what every Hollywood action film should be, Big stars, Non stop action, Big explosions, Humour and a certain added charm in the lead role, This film has it all, Ok yes it's silly in places and the acting wasn't great but who cares, Sit back turn off your brain and enjoy.
    Jamie C Super Reviewer
  • Jun 13, 2013
    Not on a par with 'The Rock' or 'Face/Off' this is still an entertaining actioner that's starting to show its age a bit now. Malkovich, Buscemi and Cusack are the best thing about it and Cage looks like he's almost falling asleep most of the time but although the action movie has moved on a little since the mid-90's Bruckheimer knows how to give guys what they like and the whole thing is entertaining piffle.
    David S Super Reviewer
  • Jun 10, 2013
    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 S Super Reviewer

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