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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)
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 22
  2. Negative: 4 out of 22
  1. Reviewed by: Caroline Westbrook
    80
    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.
  2. 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."
  3. 75
    This is a movie that knows it is absurd, and does little to deny it.
  4. It's so shameless, so psychotically nervous about keeping you ''thrilled,'' that the phrase over the top won't do it justice. It's like a drug designed for people who've done every drug and now want to be jet-propelled into numbness.
  5. From scene to scene, the tone shifts from supposed sincerity to arch and amused, until the picture begins to seem like some mad, desperate, scattershot attempt to hold an audience's attention from moment to moment, by any means.
  6. 50
    This movie is a perfect example of what's wrong with many big-budget films today: no characters, no intelligence, and, worst of all, little fun.
  7. Reviewed by: David Edelstein
    20
    Con Air is boring to the marrow.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 17
  2. Negative: 0 out of 17
  1. 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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  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. 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. 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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  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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