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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
    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
    Con Air is boring to the marrow.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 18
  2. Negative: 0 out of 18
  1. Jun 1, 2011
    A 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
  2. Jan 4, 2013
    What is wrong with you all. Con Air is such a bad film it's good. It doesn't take itself overly seriously like all the egotistical action movies of this decade. It is badass, lighthearted fun, I hated Nic Cage until I watched this film and the director used his infamous bad acting to his advantage and made the movie another awesomely bad cheesy 90s action film. 10/10!!!! Expand
  3. Sep 4, 2014
    Con Air has consistent action and fabulous performances from the main cast, a pure action rush.
  4. Sam
    Apr 6, 2006
    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
    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 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.
  6. Sep 29, 2011
    "Con Air" is your average blow-up blockbuster movie with nothing memorable but massive cliches and decent acting.
  7. RoloT.
    Sep 26, 2008
    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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