Full of cliche and bad dialogues, the one liners are what you expect cheesy as hell but nevertheless this is one entertaining 90s action movie.
Watching this today because it takes place on July 14th.
Nice movie for chill night with good food and beer. Also with cool music
Forgetting for a moment that the conviction of Nic Cage's character was based on a legal myth—which invalidates the film's entire premise of a paroled ex-ranger being "in the wrong place at the wrong time" during a coordinated escape attempt—there's still a lot of crap in this movie to write up. I'm not even going to nitpick; it's just too easy.
Maybe this is what I get for plopping movies onto my watchlist based on a passing mention in someone's tangentially related YouTube video (about the real "con air" service that shuttles prisoners around the United States) and a glance at the cast list. As excited as I was to see him in something else, Colm Meaney's role wasn't really big enough to make the whole thing worth watching.
This also gave me a nice glimpse into why I see so many jokes about Nic Cage's acting. Cameron Poe is absolutely the most generic player on screen for the entire almost-two hours. Steve Buscemi, Dave Chappelle, Nick Chinlund, John Cusack, Steve Eastin, M.C. Gainey, John Malkovich, and even Renoly Santiago (who barely had any screen time or dialogue) all managed to be play interesting characters than our hero. It's especially funny in Malkovich's case, as he was allegedly quite unhappy during production due to constant rewrites making it impossible for him to get a real grip on his role.
I could point out many mistakes in continuity, geography, physics, and other areas—but I promised not to nitpick. Suffice it to say, by halfway through the climax I was trying very hard not to roll my eyeballs all the way around. Are we absolutely sure that Michael Bay wasn't involved in this film's effects work? Jaysus (love you, Colm), every object that so much as tapped another seemed to explode in a ball of sparks and flames…
Enough said. These old, over-the-top action flicks are definitely not my thing. Someday I'll learn not to watch things just because an actor I like is listed as part of the cast.
When Nic Cage tells you in a strange Southern accent for you to put the bunny down, you should first ask questions about where he's from, and then do what you have been told.
Seriously though, he's a unique human being.
This is such a fun action film and I cannot fault anything in it as it is supposed to be cheesy and not super serious, all of the stunt work is great and the film is an adrenaline rush from start to finish. Just go in with the mindset of, I wanna have some fun :)
Also, Nicolas Cage (Cameron Poe), John Malkovich (Cyrus) & Steve Buscemi (Garland Greene) are standouts in this film with great oneliners and cheesy awesomeness.
They don't make them like they use to. Just some good old fashion fun.
I really like this movie. So exiting and good acting.
Definitely your typical 90's action movie. Cliche one-liners, unrealistic explosions, 1000 round gun magazines, and everything else "Hollywood". Still, I love this movie. It's one of the better 90's action flicks out there. Grab some food and give it a view.
Amazing Cast, Nick Cage, John Malkovich, John Cusack All actors I could watch over and over. Storyline is a little bit predictable but totally entertaining.
This movie is one of the reasons Nic Cage has become what he has become in pop culture. Not a great movie, but a fun one that is pure 1990's action. Malkovich creates a great malicious villain and Steve Buscemi has never been more terrifyingly creepy (which is saying something!) Turn your brain off and have fun with this one.
Scary, disturbing thriller. At least it had a happy ending, well, not so with the really fucked up guy.