Con Air

22  AUG
They were deadly on the ground. Now they have wings.

Directed by  Simon West
Written by  Scott Rosenberg
Starring:  Nicolas Cage (Cameron Poe)
John Cusack (US Marshal Vince Larkin)
John Malkovich (Cyrus "The Virus" Grissom)
Ving Rhames (Nathan "Diamond Dog" Jones)
Colm Meaney (Agent Duncan Malloy)
Steve Buscemi (Garland "The Marietta Mangler" Greene)
Runtime: 115 minutes
Cameron Poe, a highly decorated US ranger, is convicted of murder after protecting his wife in a drunken brawl. Finally, after eight years, he's being paroled and going home to his wife and daughter. His ride home the Jailbird, which is also transporting society's vicious murderers to Feltham Penitentiary, Lousiana's toughest maximum security prison. A surprising escape is made on board the plane as the cons seize control of the plane, and head it towards Las Vegas. The officials on the ground want to blow it out of the sky, but three people know an alternative... US Marshal Vince Larkin, Cameron Poe's wife, and his daughter. - sprintcs@idirect.com

This is a typical action-movie with all the explosions, fights, heroes and bad guys as any other movie of this genre. Fortunately there are also a few new ideas that add some funny moments and which are a winning point.
The story is quite interesting and the action is breathtaking, Nicholas Cage is as good as usual and also the other actors are very suited in their roles. Particularly enjoying is the character of the mad killer played by Steve Buscemi which is not vital for the story but adds some action-free moments to the story.

As usual for this kind of movies, the plot degenerates near the end and the action scenes becomes more and more unlikely, not only for the improbable sequence of events (eg. a plane landing in the middle of Las Vegas without killing any of its passengers!) but especially for the fact that all the good guys survive to any sort of trouble while the bad guys sooner or later die (possibly after a face-to-face fight with the hero).

Although I can't pass over the improbable happy ending, during the whole two hours the movie is entertaining, exciting and thrilling, so it can be considered a good movie in its own category.

Rating: 7.0  ***

Links:  Official Site
Con Air @ IMDB




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Last updated: 25 Jun 1999