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Cameron Poe (Nicolas Cage) is a decent young soldier, dancing at a bar with his wife; a thug tries to cut in, he's sent away: annoyed, he waits with two mates to ambush the young couple by their isolated car. In the fight that ensues, Cameron shows his military training and dispenses with all three, inadvertently killing one. He's jailed for 7 to 10. While inside, his daughter is born, but she is never allowed to see her daddy in prison. On his way home, just in time for her 8th birthday, he rejects the bus option in favour of a quicker one: the flight that is transferring some of the worst offenders between prisons. The tight security fails to stop an evil plan to kidnap the plane and the Cameron's date with his daughter is put on ice while the scum of the earth fight justice and the American way.

Review by Louise Keller:
Con Air is a blast. A superbly made film with a fast-paced witty script, a likeable rogue hero and evil characters so imaginatively concocted that we love to embrace them. This is great escapism with extravagant special effects and a plot which embraces good versus evil, love, loyalty, hatred and greed.

Nicolas Cage is a great hero - not too perfect, yet full of integrity, wanting "to save the day". His character is so firmly established, that we are rooting for him from the start. Just as well, because the villains are fascinating. The kind that we love to hate. John Malkovich, of course, excels at these demented psycho roles (his best is still Dangerous Liaisons); Steve Buscemi, is a caricature - and a memorable one; the group of big ugly brutes is effective enough to have the viewer rubbing hands in glee - the more imaginatively hideous and evil the baddies, the more satisfying their demise. (You get the feeling that Scott Rosenberg really enjoyed creating these evil brutes.)

We know from the beginning that our hero will overcome the odds, but that doesn't stop us enjoying the ride with Con Air, with its swag of fast lines, evil delivery and fantastic big bangs. Interesting to note that the flight (ironically for Cage) ends in Las Vegas, in a wildly, colourful spectacle. Guaranteed to be a success, Con Air offers star-power and action in a package full of integrity.

There is an extended version of the film on the DVD.

Published February 1, 2007

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(US, 1997)

CAST: Nicolas Cage, John Cusack, John Malkovich, Steve Buscemi, Ving Rhames, Colm Meaney, Mykelti Williamson, Rachel Ticotin, Monica Potter, Dave Chappelle, M.C. Gainey, John Roselius, Renoly, Danny Trejo, Jesse Borrego, Nick Chinlund, Angela Featherstone, Jose Zuniga, Landry Allbright

PRODUCER: Jerry Bruckheimer

DIRECTOR: Simon West

SCRIPT: Scott Rosenber

RUNNING TIME: 115 minutes

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