Con Air
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Former war hero Cameron Poe (Nicolas Cage) is sentenced to eight years in prison when he accidentally kills a man in a barroom brawl while defending his pregnant wife. When his release comes through, he's eager to see the daughter he's never met. However, Poe's original flight is delayed, so he's put aboard a flight transporting ten of the most dangerous men in the American penal system to a new high-security facility. One of the criminals, Cyrus "The Virus" Grissom (John Malkovich), is a serial killer and insane genius who has hatched a diabolical plot: with the help… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 55%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Rosenberg's sarcastic, tough-guy dialogue is full of lean-and-mean one-liners, and the superbly cast actors know how to milk them for all they're worth."
‑ Todd McCarthy, Variety
"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."
‑ Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times
"A schmaltzy action-adventure at 8,000 feet."
‑ Heather Boerner, Common Sense Media
"This frankly silly action movie scores major points for bordering on self-parody."
‑ , Film4
"Rude, crude, mindless action and nonstop gratuitous violence just don't get any better."
‑ John J. Puccio, Movie Metropolis
"Very cool, but also very cold."
‑ , Time Out
"All of the principals normally work in films more interesting and human than this one, which gives Con Air a touch of the subversive and turns it into a big-budget lark."
‑ Janet Maslin, New York Times
"Resolutely not boring."
‑ Rumsey Taylor, Not Coming to a Theater Near You
"the quintessential high-octane action flick"
‑ Kevin Carr, 7M Pictures
"Bruckheimer may be the only producer working in Hollywood today who deserves the auteur treatment."
‑ Philip Martin, Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
"They're 'the worst of the worst.' So's the movie."
‑ Peter Travers, Rolling Stone
"The movie is essentially a series of quick setups, brisk dialogue and elaborate action sequences."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"Mega-budget action extravaganzas don't get much sillier than this."
‑ Maitland McDonagh, TV Guide's Movie Guide
"It's not exactly a spoof of action flicks, but everyone involved clearly has tongue wedged firmly within cheek."
‑ Scott Weinberg,
"Director Simon West pulls off the impossible task of having the film make constant fun of itself and its viewers while keeping the storyline grounded enough for emotional payoffs."
‑ Phil Villarreal, Arizona Daily Star
More reviews for Con Air on Rotten Tomatoes

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