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Con Air [Blu-ray]

Nicolas Cage , John Malkovich , David Tattersall , Simon West    R (Restricted)   Blu-ray
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (179 customer reviews)
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Con Air is proof that the slick, absurdly overblown action formula of Hollywood mega-producers Don Simpson and Jerry Bruckheimer (Top Gun, Days of Thunder, The Rock, Crimson Tide) lives on, even after Simpson's druggy death. (Read Charles Fleming's exposé, High Concept: Don Simpson and the Hollywood Culture of Excess, for more about that.) Nicolas Cage, sporting a disconcerting mane of hair, is a wrongly convicted prisoner on a transport plane with a bunch of infamously psychopathic criminals, including head creep Cyrus the Virus (John Malkovich), black militant Diamond Dog (Ving Rhames), and serial killer Garland Greene (Steve Buscemi, making the most of his pallid, rodent-like qualities). Naturally, the convicts take over the plane; meanwhile, on the ground, a U.S. marshal (John Cusack) and a DEA agent (Colm Meaney) try to figure out what to do. As is the postmodern way, the movie displays a self-consciously ironic awareness that its story and characters are really just excuses for a high-tech cinematic thrill ride. Best idea: the filmmakers persuaded the owners of the legendary Sands Hotel in Las Vegas to let them help out with the structure's demolition by crashing their plane into it. --Jim Emerson

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4.0 out of 5 stars 3 1/2-4 stars-Malkovich on top of his game! Feb. 1 2011
By Robert Badgley TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:DVD
Con Air(released in June/97) features a power house cast in this action-a-minute thrill ride.John Malkovich made himself a household name playing characters that were slightly or way off center and this one shows him off to perfection.The story can sometimes get in the way of the action but overall the film comes through in the end due to Bruckheimers deft touch.
The story involves one Cameron Poe(Cage)an ex army Ranger who gets sent to the Pen defending the life of his wife.Eight years later he is parolled and is heading back home.He is put on a flight with some of the most notorious criminals around and from here things go downhill.Cyrus Grissom(Malkovich)has secretly planned to take over the plane with the help of some of the other inmates aboard.Before they reach their first stop they do so and Poe plays along with the group to buy time and try to get a warning out to the authorities if he can.When they land some of the guards are off loaded as prisoners in a blinding sand storm as is the planes transponder.But a clue left behind by Poe alerts the authorities who unsuccessfully try to stop it at the last minute.
Once back up in the air and now with one especially new rider,a notorious serial killer called Garland Greene(Steve Buscemi),things start to heat up along with some inside bickering.Poe uses this to his advantage and plants another message on a dead body which is pushed out of the plane.It alerts the police to the plane's next stop in a deserted location in the California desert.When the plane arrives the police arrive and a terrible gun battle ensues.Many are killed but the plane still manages to take off.
The police are by now hot on the trail and they track down the plane in the air.They shoot one of its engines and it is forced to make a landing on the Vegas strip.
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3.0 out of 5 stars OVER THE TOP AND THEN SOME June 16 2004
Format:DVD
For pure adrenalin and testosterone exposure, one can't do much better than CON-AIR. There are a ton of unbelievable action scenes, and that's the key word---unbelievable. One can't say director Simon West didn't keep the action flowing. The finale in Las Vegas is way over the top!!!
Credit the actors for doing something with their roles, especially the brilliant John Cusack who puts his teeth into his meaty role as a US Marshall. Also Colm Meaney as the DEA agent who is obstinate and overbearing, to say the least. There are a nasty set of villains--John Malkovich, Nick Chindlin, Ving Rhames, Danny Trejo, David Chappelle---a nice looking guard played by Rachel Ticotin, another good bad guy played by Mykel Williamson, and Monica Potter does a nice turn as Poe's wife. Nicolas Cage is so bland, saddled with a ridiculous Southern accent, and does so many stupid things, it's hard to see how we can consider this guy that heroic.
But, if you want a two hour roller coaster ride with plenty of guns and action, CONAIR is hard to beat. It also has the Trisha Yearwood version of "How Do I Live," which is worth watching the movie!!!!
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2.0 out of 5 stars Lots Of Explosions But Basically Dumb All Over Jan. 26 2004
By snalen
Format:DVD
Nicholas is Cage is our all-American hero Cameron Poe. (Seriously silly name or what?) He's a bold, shaggy-haired super-hero who has just left the special forces and what he cares about is family values and honour and loyalty and goodness and heroism and his cute little girl and her cute blond mother and courage and valour and no one ever gets left behind and looking very sensitive and... you get my drift. One does rather wish he would pick his nose occasionally just to make him a bit easier to like. He's also a bit simple-minded and slow, as his voice-overed letters home from jail make clear after he has wasted some some-town tough who hassled his wife... Think Forrest Gump with muscle toning. After all, hey, nobody likes a smarty-pants.
John Cusack is our other main good guy, Larkin, the US Marshall whose job is to sort things out after assorted super-criminals take over a prisoner transport 'plane. And sorting things out is not really that difficult as these particular baddies are really not all that smart and their plan is, let's face it, pretty half-baked. So to make it difficult the writers responsible for this tosh have compelled him to work alongside gung-ho DEA official Malloy (Colm Meaney). Now there are lots of stories and movies that get good drama about the working relationship of two professionals with interestingly different approaches to their work. But this isn't one of those movies. Here the main difference is that Larkin is smart and responsible while Malloy is a complete pillock.
Good old hard-core action picture stuff follows with heroic Poe forced to battle single-handed against a small army of evil psychopaths, John Malkovich, Steve Buscemi, Danny Trejo, Ving Rhames, M. C. Gainey, and various other thesps who evidently really really needed the money.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Malcovich must have REALLY needed the paycheck Nov. 17 2003
By eric_f
Format:DVD
Although it's very difficult for me to give a bad review for any movie starring John Malcovich, I must make an exception for "Con Air." This is hands-down one of the most absurd, implausible "action" movies to ever exist. I can't see why an actor of Malcovich's caliber would lower himself to star in this movie. Even he can't save it despite his always-reliable performance.
"Con Air" is one of those movies that appeal to viewers who either have very low expectations in an action movie or are only interested in seeing things blowing up. But for those of you who want more, look elsewhere. What makes "Con Air" so bad? Here you go:
-The premise of the movie is a plot hole. Nicholas Cage's character would have never been found guilty of killing that thug; he was clearly acting in self defense, outnumbered and protecting himself and his wife. When a plot hole is the foundation of a movie you know it's going nowhere.
-One-dimensional, stereotypical bottom-of-the-barrel characters so vile that you end up not caring who lives or dies.
-Cage's unconvincing, forced Southern accent.
-A script so bad that it actually makes certain scenes funny, when I doubt that was the intention.
-The final scene where Malcovich is killed is so over-the-top and ridiculous that you wonder if you're watching an action movie or a circus performance. I have no problem with suspending my disbelief, but come on.
Don't waste your time, folks. If you want to see an action flick with Nicholas Cage watch "The Rock." While also formulatic, at least it has an intriguing plot, good acting, descent script and action sequences that don't insult your intelligence.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great movie, one of Cage's classics
Published 1 month ago by Robin M. Hills
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Action Movie
Nicolas Cage performance is great in this action filled movie. For Nicolas Cage followers you will certainly enjoy this action based movie on a Saturday night with family and... Read more
Published 9 months ago by Lynn Shane
5.0 out of 5 stars great show good delivery
Another great movie for Nicolas Cage, one of his best I think. Have recommended it to everyone as this is another replacement for a worn out one.
Published 10 months ago by Charlie
5.0 out of 5 stars Con Air
A great movie with lots of action and an excellent story line. Would recommend this movie just based on the special effects.
Published 14 months ago by Robert Bockus
5.0 out of 5 stars Très bon film
J'écoutais ce film avec mon père, nicolas cage est un très bon acteur, beaucoup d'action et de renversements de situations mais s'enchaîne très bien
Published 14 months ago by LiLy
5.0 out of 5 stars Cage
I am a big fan of his acting . this role is no exception lots of action but some heart moment underneath.
Published 15 months ago by Rosemary Gale
3.0 out of 5 stars Con Air
I bought this movie as I remember enjoying it the first time I watched it several years ago. Unfortunately..it didn't hold up so well when revisiting it. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Robert Guthrie
4.0 out of 5 stars Blu-Ray version of ConAir
I have made a committment to "Blu-Ray. The blu-ray copy of Con Air is as expected, excellant and superior entertainment to the the standard.
Published on June 12 2012 by Leslie A. Grant
5.0 out of 5 stars great action,decent story,and comic relief from the master(Steve...
this is another action packed thrill ride,though i didn't like it as
much as "The Rock" another action adventure thrill ride which came out
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Published on Aug. 18 2007 by falcon
1.0 out of 5 stars Ugh... what a bad film.
Nicholas Cage with a southern accent????!!!!! It is so annoying and that was the first thing that got me angry.
It is really depressing and annoying. Read more
Published on April 10 2006 by RICK
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