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Con Air
ID:
1997
Comments:
Director: Simon West
Screenplay: Scott Rosenberg
Producer:
Cast: Carl Ciarfalio, Nicolas Cage, Landry Allbright, Renoly Santiago, John Malkovich
Genre: Action & Adventure

Running Time: 115
Aspect Ratio:  2.35:1 (NTSC Widescreen)
Sound: Dolby
Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
Features:
Studio:  Touchstone Home Entertainment DVD Region:  0 R
DVD Release:  Jan 2008 Discs:  1 (Blu-ray) [$20.00]
Purchase: 
Reviews:  "Con Air" is proof that the slick, absurdly overblown action formula of Hollywood mega-producers Don Simpson and Jerry Bruckheimer ("Top Gun, Days of Thunder, The Rock, Crimson Tide") lives on, even after Simpson's druggy death. (Read Charles Fleming's exposé, "High Concept: Don Simpson and the Hollywood Culture of Excess", for more about that.) Nicolas Cage, sporting a disconcerting mane of hair, is a wrongly convicted prisoner on a transport plane with a bunch of infamously psychopathic criminals, including head creep Cyrus the Virus (John Malkovich), black militant Diamond Dog (Ving Rhames), and serial killer Garland Greene (Steve Buscemi, making the most of his pallid, rodent-like qualities). Naturally, the convicts take over the plane; meanwhile, on the ground, a US marshal (John Cusack) and a DEA agent (Colm Meaney) try to figure out what to do. As is the postmodern way, the movie displays a self-consciously ironic awareness that its story and characters are really just excuses for a high-tech cinematic thrill ride. Best idea: the filmmakers persuaded the owners of the legendary Sands Hotel in Las Vegas to let them help out with the structure's demolition by crashing their plane into it. "--Jim Emerson"


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