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Con Air

Nicholas Cage saves the day (again) and crash lands a plane in Las Vegas (again)

Written By: Michaela Clement-Hayes

Date: 22nd December, 2014

Here’s a thought – let’s put several highly dangerous criminals on a plane and transfer them to a new location... Sounds like a great idea, right?

This is exactly what Cameron Poe (Nicholas Cage) an ex-con and former US Ranger who accidentally killed a man when he was protecting his wife finds himself up against when he’s released for parole. He’s hitching a lift home with a plane full of murderers, rapists and serial killers, or as he puts it “every creep and freak in the universe”.

You’d think that someone would’ve pointed out that this was an accident waiting to happen, but obviously they didn’t. Once again it’s up to Nicholas Cage to save the day and crash land yet another plane in Las Vegas.

It’s a dream cast including John Malkovich (Cyrus “the Virus” Grissom), Steve Buscemi (Garland “The Marietta Mangler” Green), plus John Cusack playing US Marshal Vince Larken. Yes, there’s the expected action, including smashed up cars, crash landings and explosions, but beneath the action-packed (albeit silly) drama, there are some interesting characterisations.

Buscemi excels as the weird murderer with his scary rationale who succumbs to the charms of a young girl, who we presume will become his next victim and Malkovich shows us once again how to do hardened criminal. Cage oddly chooses to play Poe as a sort of all-brawn-no-brain character, which isn’t awful but feels lacking somehow, especially considering the fact that he’s “gonna save the fuckin’ day”!

This film is borderline ridiculous, but Director Jerry Bruckheimer is aware of this and plays on the farce with some witty one-liners and clever conversations, with memorable quotes including “Why couldn’t you put the bunny back in the box?”

If anything there are too many strong characters who risk overpowering the film. Poe and Larken aside, each of the main criminals have strong egos, personalities and histories – is there really room for all of them on one plane?

But then, this film is there purely to entertain – it’s a film that isn’t too violent, too shocking, or too cheesy. Somehow, it works and while it’s not by any means an amazing film, it is extremely watchable.


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