April 20, 2010

Con Air - 1997

Director: Simon West
Writer: Scott Rosenberg
Starring: Nicholas Cage, John Cusack, John Malkovich, Ving Rhames, Steve Buscemi, Danny Trejo

"There's only two men in the world that I trust. One of 'em's me, and the other's not you." Former US Army Ranger Cameron Poe (Cage) is wrongly sent to jail for the death of a man resulting from self-defense, missing the first several years of the life of his daughter. Upon being paroled, he ends up on a flight with several of the country's worst murderers and rapists (who are being transferred to a Supermax prison). Led by Cyrus "the Virus" Grissom (Malkovich), the convicts take over the plane in an attempt to escape their sentences, leaving Poe and US Marshal Vince Larkin (Cusack) to keep order.

A lot of people dislike Nicholas Cage as a general rule, and I'm one of them. However, I'd put this (along with the recent Kick-Ass) in the handful of really good movies he's done. Malkovich excels, as he always does when playing a character with an overinflated ego, and Buscemi is nothing short of brilliant as the most likable psychopath I've ever seen. While it's your typical action-packed Jerry Bruckheimer-produced film (Pirates of the Caribbean, Prince of Persia: Sands of Time), it's realistic enough where it's still enjoyable, even the film's fantastical climax that I won't spoil here for the five other people who haven't seen this yet. If you're in the mood for a great action film, and don't mind Nick Cage with a Southern accent, buy this DVD.

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