Con Air

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Touchstone Pictures Released 1997

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Director:
Simon West
Released:
1997
Rating:
R

Wrongly imprisoned Cameron Poe, who's just about to get out and reunite with his wife and daughter he's never seen. He just happens to be put on a plane to his release location with the most vicious criminals ever, headlined by lethal Cyrus 'The Virus' Grissom. En route, Cyrus stages a coup, takes over the flying transport and dubs it 'Con Air.' Desperate to reunite with his family, Poe gets in touch with what will prove to be his only friend in the air or on the ground, United States Marshall Vince Larkin and bargains to single handedly stop the cons in exchange for ensuring his safe reunion with his loved ones. But the prisoners aren't going to be very cooperative in that respect.

Metacritic Score

  • 70

    The New York Times Elvis Mitchell

    The colorfully written Con Air is a solid chip off "The Rock," pumped up and very well cast, with the prettiness and polish of advertising art.

  • 70

    Los Angeles Times Kenneth Turan

    Numbing but not boring, it's finally more dispiriting than exhilarating, like a wild night of debauchery that leaves only a fearsome hangover for a souvenir.

  • 70

    Variety Todd McCarthy

    Apart from not knowing to quit while it's ahead, Con Air provides quite an exciting flight prior to its crash and burn.

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    Nicolas Cage

    Nicolas Cage

    Cameron Poe

    John Cusack

    John Cusack

    U.S. Marshal Vince Larkin

    John Malkovich

    John Malkovich

    Cyrus 'The Virus' Grissom

    Colm Meaney

    Colm Meaney

    Duncan Malloy

    Mykelti Williamson

    Mykelti Williamson

    Baby-O

    Steve Buscemi

    Steve Buscemi

    Garland 'The Marietta Mangler' Greene

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    gunfights, Thrillers, Crime, small town life, characters with hidden agendas