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Buckle up, because it’s going to be a bumpy ride when a buffed up Nicolas Cage takes to the skies and kicks some serious butt in the all-star, mega-massive action flick, Con-Air! Cage, embracing his newfound action hero status and sporting an awesomely coiffed mullet, is former war hero Cameron Poe, who is sentenced to eight years in prison when he accidentally kills a man in a barroom brawl while defending his pregnant wife.
“Con Air, a summer blast of a movie, teaches us many things: Producer Jerry Bruckheimer never met an explosion, a car crash or 20 tough guys talking trash he didn’t like. Nicolas Cage is one of our most enjoyable screen heroes. As long as you’re funny, you can literally get away with murder in a movie.” – Desson Thomson, Washington Post
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. This rouge’s gallery of infamous creeps includes insane genius Cyrus “The Virus” Grissom (John Malkovich), militant Diamond Dog (Ving Rhames), and pasty-faced serial killer Garland Greene (Steve Buscemi). Naturally, the sleazy convicts hijack the plane to take them to a neutral country where they can live as free men. Even more naturally, Poe finds himself stuck in the middle facing impossible odds; 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 stressed-out agent Vince Larkin (John Cusack). Does it all culminate in a fiery, anything-goes climax on the Las Vegas strip? One guess. Guided by legendary Hollywood action producer Jerry Bruckheimer (Top Gun), Con-Air is a blockbusting, high-tech thrill ride loaded with action, stunts and manic machismo – not to mention an ironic self-awareness that makes Con-Air almost as much a spoof as it is a straight-up action flick. (Dir. by Simon West, 1997, USA, 115 mins., Rated R)