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. 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: 11 out of 19
  2. Negative: 0 out of 19
  1. May 11, 2016
    10
    ..........................................................................................................................Peter Travers of..........................................................................................................................Peter Travers of Rolling Stone Sucks.

    This BORING Person Not Have Fun with Nothing,
    These type of Popcorns flick, Entertains everyone least YOU, Roger Ebert is very more Cool and Intelligent Critic than YOU
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  2. Jul 12, 2014
    10
    Con Air is a full on adrenaline rush with Cooke acting from a distinguished cast. Nicolas Cage made
    another effects packed thriller with this
    Con Air is a full on adrenaline rush with Cooke acting from a distinguished cast. Nicolas Cage made
    another effects packed thriller with this movie. The movie has great comedy as well with many quotable
    lines. Con Air will delight you with its memorable action and dialogue.
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  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. Feb 23, 2015
    7
    In many ways, "Con Air" is the quintessential 90s action film. It's got hammy and dialogue delivered through a cheesy lead performance. It'sIn many ways, "Con Air" is the quintessential 90s action film. It's got hammy and dialogue delivered through a cheesy lead performance. It's got over-the-top action set pieces that make little to no sense. It's got an almost ad nauseam use of slow motion But, man, is it fun as hell to watch. Expand
  5. Sep 3, 2014
    6
    A sure-fire premise carried largely by distinct and eccentric characters--impressively portrayed by John Malkovich, Steve Buscemi and, even,A sure-fire premise carried largely by distinct and eccentric characters--impressively portrayed by John Malkovich, Steve Buscemi and, even, Nicolas Cage. Expand
  6. JayH.
    Oct 27, 2009
    6
    Non stop action, the pacing is amazing. Cage is a bit over the top and it does have some rather gaping holes in the plot, but it is an Non stop action, the pacing is amazing. Cage is a bit over the top and it does have some rather gaping holes in the plot, but it is an undeniably exciting film. Well edited, good score. Expand
  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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