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Con Air Review


Excellent
It wasn't necessarily obvious (or even possible to know) at the time of its 1997 release, but Jerry Bruckheimer's Con Air would represent his finest hour. Bruckheimer isn't the director, of course, but rather the rare movie producer who would claim possessive credit on almost any of his projects. Bruckheimer branches into cheesy thrillers, cheesy inspirational dramas, cheesy inspirational sports dramas, and cheesy television procedurals, but Con Air finds the super-producer munching on his bread and butter: a loaf of action movie, with melted cheese on top.

Not only that, but it's assembled using all of Bruckheimer's tried and tested techniques: Mix movie stars and indie heroes into an eclectic, slumming cast and have them act in a ludicrously high-concept scenario. (Here it is: The worst criminals in the country team up to hijack their prison transport plane! And it's up to one man to stop them!) Then spend lots of money but indulge in a cynical jokiness, and hire a director who will shoot the whole thing like it's a music video or a commercial (preferably for itself).

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Con Air Review


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It's appalling to see good actors (John Malkovich, John Cusack) make utter fools of themselves. This is undoubtedly the worst film of both their careers. Nic Cage may not be at bottom here, but his performance is embarassing to the point of making you want to vomit. Steve Buscemi's smiling serial killer redeems the film somewhat, but how much fun can you have in a film that's about convicts skyjacking a plane and landing it a few times here and there as they try to escape the law. First in a line of junk movies from director Simon West.
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