Cons: The ending-- I would have liked to know more about Cameron
Cameron Poe (Nicholas Cage) just got out of the Army (Rangers, to be precise) when he ran into a touch of bad luck. While defending his wife (Monica Potter) in a drunken bar brawl, Cameron accidentally kills one of the three attackers with his bare hands. He pleads guilty and is sentenced to seven to ten years in a maximum security prison. After eight years away from his wife and daughter he has yet to meet, Cameron boards a plane filled with convicts to go home. Unfortunately for Poe, who just seems to have a knack of being in the wrong place at the wrong time, said convicts hijack the plane and everyone on board.
Welcome to Con Air.
This action-packed adventure movie will keep you at the edge of your seat. There is not one dull moment in this film, and there are loads of laughs. (My favorite line comes from this movie: "Define irony: A bunch of idiots dancing in a plane to a song made famous by a band who died in a plane crash.") This is definitely a movie you can watch more than once.
I don't think there's an action film with Nicholas Cage that I don't like. (I can't wait to see Gone in Sixty Seconds!) Cage is well known for doing a good deal of his own stunts, which makes the shots a whole lot better. Add the likes of John Cusack (Grosse Pointe BLank), Mykelti Williamson (Forrest Gump), Ving Rhames (Mission: Impossible), Steve Buscemi (Fargo), and my favorite bad guy John Malkovitch (Mary Reilly), and you simply can't go wrong. Even though I can't stand Monica Potter (Patch Adams), her fragile femininity is a nice counter to a cast that just oozes testosterone.
The movie is an excellent production of a very well-written script. The cast is phenomenally talented and the stunts are absolutely spectacular. If you've never seen Con Air, I believe you're really missing out.
Pros: Cast, stunts, scenery, soundtrack Cons: The ending-- I would have liked to know more about Cameron Cameron Poe (Nicholas Cage) just got out of the Army (Rangers, to be precise) when he ran into a touch of bad luck. While defending his wife (Monica Potter) in a drunken bar brawl, Cameron accidentally kills one of the three attackers with his bare hands. He pleads guilty and is sentenced to seven to ten years in a maximum security prison. After … more
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Nothing makes good-guy non-recidivist offender Cameron Poe happier than the thought of returning to society, where his angelic wife and the equally angelic little girl he's never known are waiting. And nothing makes him angrier than the passel of psychopathic murderers and rapists aboard his prison transport plane--especially when, under the direction of ringleader Cyrus "The Virus" Grissom, they revolt and hijack their own plane. Fortunately, our hero's been trained by the Army as an elite one-man-fighting-machine, and a dogged Justice Department agent waits on the ground to help him bring the fanatical fly-boys in for a bloody crash landing--in Vegas! A hyperactive Molotov cocktail blended from the frenetic efforts of high-octane action producer Jerry Bruckheimer ("The Rock"), hipster-schtick screenwriting specialist Scott Rosenberg, and music video director West. Academy Award Nominations: 2, including Best Original Song ("How Do I Live"), and Best Sound.