Con Air

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  • Summary: A prison parolee (Cage) on his way to freedom faces impossible odds when the maximum security transport plane he's on is skyjacked by the most vicious criminals in the country. (Buena Vista Entertainment)
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 22
  2. Negative: 4 out of 22
  1. 80
    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."
  2. 80
    Director Simon West hits just the right note between self-conscious silliness and real dramatic intensity in this 1997 action thriller, which uses typecast actors to make the characters' one-liners and predictable behavior resonate.
  3. 75
    This is a movie that knows it is absurd, and does little to deny it.
  4. Director Simon West makes an impressive feature debut in this relentless action-comedy that is, more than anything else, about how funny it is to see hundreds of people exploded, shot, knifed, propellered and burnt to death, and how to land a plane on the crowded Vegas strip.
  5. Reviewed by: David Ansen
    50
    The saving grace of Con Air is its sense of its own absurdity.
  6. 50
    Mega-budget action extravaganzas don't get much sillier than this.
  7. 20
    While tyro director Simon West fills Con Air with all the slam-bang action and well-honed wisecracks that were the more positive qualities of its predecessors, the film brims even more with all their worst qualities.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 18
  2. Negative: 0 out of 18
  1. Doug
    Jul 2, 2007
    10
    This movie is just good fun! What is wrong with that? I can be watched over and over and really never seems to get old!
  2. Jun 1, 2011
    10
    A hilarious film with a knock-out cast. A refreshing cast with a flawless performance by Nicholas Cage (However, the accent did need moreA hilarious film with a knock-out cast. A refreshing cast with a flawless performance by Nicholas Cage (However, the accent did need more work) John Cusack and the whole cast are truly amazing! A hilarious film and a truly magical watch that gives everyone of us a good time! Expand
  3. Jun 1, 2011
    10
    This is one to watch! The reason this movie grossed $224,012,234 in the box-office is because it is a real crowd pleaser! It had a budget ofThis is one to watch! The reason this movie grossed $224,012,234 in the box-office is because it is a real crowd pleaser! It had a budget of $75 million, and it really shows. This movie is and always will be a hit. Is it the best movie ever....NO! But is it the worst......HELL NO! This movie is a huge YES YES YES! Expand
  4. Sam
    Apr 6, 2006
    7
    I partially agree with Rolling Stone. Con Air has most makings of a hit, but it's still a fun movie plagued by by poor performances and I partially agree with Rolling Stone. Con Air has most makings of a hit, but it's still a fun movie plagued by by poor performances and terrible music. Expand
  5. Oct 18, 2011
    6
    Never before have I watched a film that is so incredibly dire yet so immensely entertaining. Con Air doesn't just ask the viewer to checkNever before have I watched a film that is so incredibly dire yet so immensely entertaining. Con Air doesn't just ask the viewer to check logic at the door but throw it out altogether and I must say, as soon as I did it became a film so sure of what it was doing I admired it, then I enjoyed it. Con Air tells the story (story being used loosely) of Cameron Poe a retired Army Ranger who gets in a drunken brawl and accidentally kills a man. He is sent away for 7-10 years, even missing his daughters birth. The film's main action however takes place on his flight to the free world as he is being transferred to his original prison for release. However they just so happened to (if you didn't think this plot was bizarre you will now) be flying him by high security plane with some seriously dangerous folk on board.
    Poe (Nick Cage) tries his best to get his friends through the flight but considering his best friend is diabetic (I couldn't make this up if I tried). The film goes on with a fast pace with a entertaining yet repetitive score backing up the action. Its a sound action film to watch if you are bored, if only to see John Cusack as something other than a mopey heartbroken teenager.
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  6. Sep 29, 2011
    5
    "Con Air" is your average blow-up blockbuster movie with nothing memorable but massive cliches and decent acting.
  7. RoloT.
    Sep 26, 2008
    4
    It's hard to imagine another movie with more contrived plot twists than this one. Not as bad as Anaconda, nor as entertainingly bad. It's hard to imagine another movie with more contrived plot twists than this one. Not as bad as Anaconda, nor as entertainingly bad. Guess I know why Snakes on a Plane got made. Expand

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