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Con Air

1997
Suspense/Thriller
Crime
1h 55m
A prison parolee (Cage) on his way to freedom faces impossible odds when the maximum security transport plane he's on is skyjacked by the most vicious criminals in the country. (Buena Vista Entertainment)
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Con Air

1997
Suspense/Thriller
Crime
1h 55m
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Avg Percentile 40.35% from 9597 total ratings

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Rated 08 Dec 2012
60
38th
One fine day in 1997, my family took my 70-years old grandmother's sister to the movies, for her birthday. For some godknowswhy reason we chose to go see Con Air. It's indescribably ridiculous and hammy and pompous, but ye gods, she totally loved the shit out of it. Unfortunately, she passed away this year. And even though we never really knew each other that well... we'll always have Con Air. Bless you, awesome Cage-loving lady.
Rated 03 Mar 2010
1
10th
A deeply stupid film with shitty politics. Problematically endorses an essentialist view of criminals, presenting them as deviant, bloodthirsty animals. The exception is Nic Cage, a fundamentally good ex-Ranger who is "accidentally" incarcerated because of a Southern-style honor-killing (Jesus). Worse is the film's racial politics. Of three black characters, one is a militant who's equated with two serial killers(!), one is a crackhead, and one is a sidekick to Cage, nicknamed "Son." What.
Rated 18 Jan 2007
6
55th
A hilariously over the top, overacted, ridiculous action fest. Incredibly stupid and cheesy - which is why it's so great. I can watch Nic Cage say cheesy one liners all day.
Rated 25 Mar 2022
73
44th
While "Con Air" is a prime example of how the big dumb action movie survived into the 90's, it does not hold a candle to the best of the 80's. It's mindless, explosive, and completely over the top, in other words, perfectly entertaining.
Rated 10 Aug 2008
50
30th
Absurdly entertaining. This is one of the dumbest and most ludicrously entertaining movies in recent memory.
Rated 20 Mar 2007
50
34th
You know, it's not good, but it is Con Air and you should own a copy just because it's good to have Con Air around. Mostly to do yard work, because that's all it's qualified for.
Rated 22 Aug 2018
8
88th
Plain and simple: this is the cream of the crop when it comes to great dumb action movies. This might be my favorite Nicholas Cage performance, as he does come off very goofy, but also genuine in his motives. Cusack and Malkovich are also pretty solid as well for such a cheesy and over the top movie. It's not ideal to try and over analyze this, you know what are your getting with something like this, and it's quite good and easily one of my favorite movies before my time.
Rated 12 Jul 2010
80
44th
Everyone involved seems to be aware that they're involved in something really stupid. This makes it better.
Rated 22 Sep 2012
35
19th
Calculatedly junky and rednecky action movie that possesses the virtue of not taking itself in any way seriously, but few others. One scene seems deliberately lifted from Jack Sholder's ALONE IN THE DARK, as does the general concept of hiring a bunch of ham-type character actors to play a collection of psychopaths-and-psychotics-on-the-loose. While there are some amusing moments, there is, despite what must have been a much larger budget, less charm than Sholder was able, somehow, to muster.
Rated 13 May 2017
90
92nd
How can I live without you opens the movie and what I write here ending it. I miss when this nonsense was the big summer blockbuster. Me when it was over: https://youtu.be/l2FzyZy85g0
Rated 17 Jan 2010
65
42nd
Cage has a mullet and a really fake sounding cajun accent. This movie is impossible to take seriously but the ensemble cast seems to know this as well so they all ham it up. It's entertaining for what it is and that's mindless Hollywood action trash. Just the very presence of some of the great character actors elevates this beyond mediocrity. There are also some entertaining action set pieces involved.
Rated 08 Sep 2008
80
72nd
My ultimate guilty-pleasure film. This is actually a very poor movie by all accounts (hell, if it weren't for an ill-contrived plot device halfway through, the whole thing would be over, AND it has a false ending!). The lines are horribly bad (Sy... anora!). But it's characters are well-developed and the acting is brilliant... for a film of this caliber. A perfect waste of a Saturday afternoon.
Rated 10 May 2020
75
83rd
He should have put the bunny back in the box.
Rated 17 Dec 2006
72
63rd
How can people love The Rock (1996) yet hate this movie? This movie is a silly mess with explosions and I love it!
Rated 18 Jan 2007
35
8th
Eh, The Rock was better.
Rated 27 Feb 2007
54
33rd
Steve Buscemi is the only truly memorable character in this film, and he gets a very minimal amount of screen time. Another one of those "good guy gets sent to prison when he really shouldn't have, how mean those courts are" movies. The action is OK but nothing else, aside from Buscemi, is really good.
Rated 04 Mar 2007
35
17th
"Cy-" "onara." *flips cigarette, ignites fire, turns away from fire* cut to *slow-mo running from fire and jumping from explosion* cut to *wall of unfazed badasses slow-mo walking away from explosion* YEAHHH
Rated 20 Mar 2007
68
38th
Con Air is the kind of movie that you want to dislike because it has such a dumb plot but you really can't help but enjoy. It has mediocre performances across the board, and considering there are good actors in it, that's a shame, but you really don't care because all of the explosions and cool action sequences are so gripping your eyes are glued to the screen.
Rated 02 May 2007
89
80th
this is what it is, but I enjoy a film that has the balls to just go over the top without toppling over.
Rated 11 Dec 2012
73
75th
The most fun I've ever had talking about movies with random people is asking who they would cast as the bad guys in the sequel. You need a mastermind, a heavy, a whole planes worth of villains. The possibilities are endless!
Rated 15 Jun 2007
59
34th
Mindless action film with some cool stunts and explosions. Predictable but you don't really go into this movie with your brain on.
Rated 12 Jul 2007
90
66th
I have no clue what accent Nicholas Cage thinks he has, but it works. Malkovich helps as the over-the-top villain.
Rated 02 Feb 2015
70
56th
The ultimate B-movie. Those lines. :D
Rated 14 Aug 2007
55
9th
Nic Cage has the WORST Southern accent in this movie. In all honesty the movie probably would have been better if he didn't talk. At all.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
41
26th
John Malkovich, John Cusack. and Nicholas Cage should be embarrassed by this. Steve Buscemi's performance, however, is worth exactly one viewing.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
57
42nd
One of the cooler brain-dead action movies around.
Rated 09 Jan 2015
54
32nd
Some time during the nineties Nick Cage got tired of dramas and decided to reinvent himself as the next great action hero, despite his sad puppy face and southern drawl. This movie is completely ridiculous and a taste of the insanity that Cage would later be known for. The script is terrible, but actors like John Malkovich and Steve Buscemi do their best with what they're given. The movie constantly toes the line of "so bad it's great".
Rated 14 Aug 2007
3
38th
Nothin' makes me sadder than the agent lost his bladder on the, aaaaaairplane
Rated 14 Aug 2007
4
44th
A big, loud, dumb, poorly acted (except for Malkovich) action movie with a little bit of likable charm to it.
Rated 04 Nov 2012
3
15th
Why was Steve Buscemi in this.
Rated 16 Sep 2007
70
63rd
Stupid but fun movie with a colorful cast and fast pace.
Rated 20 Sep 2007
85
79th
One of the most ridiculous movies ever, which makes it very fun to watch. I love it when over-the-top movies take it to the next level and land a plane on the Vegas strip.
Rated 29 Sep 2014
7
57th
Con Air is one of the dumbest and most absurd action films ever. But it's absolutely brilliant. For the majority it's so bad it's great. I'm a part time Cage fan and he is both awful and great in this film. And there are so many other capable actors who disgrace themselves in the best way possible. Malkovich, Cusack, Rhames, Buscemi & Trejo to name a few. The set pieces are great and the screenplay is moronically hilarious & quotable. Undeniably one of the most enjoyable action films of 90's.
Rated 08 Nov 2007
65
31st
Thanks to Malkovich this movie works.
Rated 06 Jun 2018
69
45th
Here we go with the ridiculous "hands as lethal weapons" cliche, when the guy was clearly defending himself in a life-or-death situation. The one saving grace, however, was that Nicolas Cage, as always, was on top of his game as an actor, nay, thespian.
Rated 31 Mar 2008
75
37th
CYRUS THE VIRUS.
Rated 25 Dec 2012
60
57th
absolutely absurd, but an amazing cast. Overall a good time.
Rated 15 Jul 2014
70
77th
Con Air is a silly, ridiculous, preposterous, absurd, and very enjoyable movie. I don't think I'd want it any other way. When a line like "Put the bunny back in the box" is used in a threatening way, you're onto something pretty solid. It's not smart, its characters are archetypes, and if you don't like this, then Con Air is not the film for you. If you, like the movie, can embrace all of those elements, you're going to have a good time with this film.
Rated 03 Aug 2008
68
31st
Great cheesy action film!
Rated 03 Mar 2020
98
97th
One of my favorite action movies that doesn't take itself seriously at all. Lots of over the top fun with a great cast.
Rated 14 Feb 2021
41
24th
There's two movies here. There's the one the writers seem interested in, about criminals colluding and clashing a la Snatch to pull off the biggest score ever. The other is what they had to make, a by-the-numbers Nic Cage action movie packed to the brim with copaganda. These two movies interact fascinatingly, weaving an overly complex plot that may not be good but is certainly never boring. Unfortunately, *both* of these movies have one big flaw - really, truly unfortunate racial politics. Eesh.
Rated 03 Sep 2011
55
31st
The only thing this movie needed was Harrison Ford saying "Get off my plane!"
Rated 01 Aug 2010
25
88th
A real action film the way they're supposed to be. Likable characters, interesting villains, an emotional core, and lot of things blowing up and smashing!
Rated 28 Dec 2020
80
75th
I miss when films like this could exist. It never tries to explain how ridiculous it is, and every actor is bringing all they can to this film. Oddly, it gives Buschemi's character a redemption arc because he chooses not to kill a little girl. This is the type of film it is, and we are all better for it. If anything, this film needs to be watched for Cage's accent.
Rated 07 Oct 2013
65
37th
Man, I'd put this one in the 50's if they didn't choose that song to play over Cage teary eyed, publicly tongue fucking his faithful wife, dollar bills raining from the sky, lit with flames emanating from a burning aircraft & various strewn vehicles gently clashing with the golden aura of the front end lighting scheme of a ubiquitous Vegas hotel foyer. All happening, while renowned child killer Buscemi drinks up Mai-Tai's at a craps table less than 100 feet away. Shit yea, 7 7 7 ya'll.
Rated 04 Aug 2011
45
30th
I got the whole world in my hands.
Rated 31 Jul 2010
89
82nd
I have seen this film 20 times.
Rated 22 Jun 2013
70
56th
They did Dave Chappelle dirty in this one.
Rated 27 Nov 2006
90
63rd
this movie has it all, big explosions, action, grit, semi-good acting I always have to watch this when its on
Rated 21 Mar 2011
80
39th
Good fun.
Rated 20 Mar 2007
75
67th
Standard action sequences manage to fly high due to Nicolas Cage, John Cusack, and the brilliance of villain John Malkovich. "Now why couldn't you just put the bunny back in the box?"
Rated 29 Mar 2011
79
79th
A fun 90's action flick with great acting from John Malkovich.
Rated 06 Jan 2013
72
43rd
72.000
Rated 21 Apr 2007
40
26th
High concept.
Rated 25 Apr 2007
67
27th
It may be silly, but I have to respect a movie that's as deeply committed to going over-the-top as this one is. The cherry on top is seeing Buscemi gambling at the end; like, "Oh look, he, may be one of the most dangerous serial killers in history but he loves fun like anybody else! That guy is A-okay!"
Rated 15 Jul 2015
7
60th
John Malkovich makes everything better.
Rated 11 Sep 2012
57
25th
Certainly not good, but well worth it if you're looking for some ridiculous fun.
Rated 25 Jun 2011
38
25th
There are so many capable actors in this, and I can't help but feel like a lot of the lines are played for laughs. "Why couldn't you put the bunny back in the box?"
Rated 05 Jul 2007
54
19th
All these points are for the drag queen.
Rated 23 May 2024
43
50th
#24#, rw2, popcorn, cast, oldies(3) }*{ #90s#, popcorn, story, cast!
Rated 04 Mar 2020
32
30th
Super dumb, but in a hilarious kind of way. Makes for an okay film.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
45
20th
only for Malkovich
Rated 14 Aug 2007
32
26th
About as good as any movie being "carried" by Nicolas Cage and John Cusack can be.
Rated 26 Aug 2012
69
34th
Dumb action flick moves along at a decent pace.
Rated 21 Sep 2010
63
34th
Idiotic but so unabashedly so it's entertaining.
Rated 25 Apr 2010
90
59th
Some movies aren't fun because of any kind of skill. Sometimes the stars aling and magic happens. I had blast watching this.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
78
52nd
Nicolas Cage does a good job and John Malkovich is downright despicable. With Trisha Yearwood singing at the end I almost got teary eyed. But, I didn't. Almost. Stop teasing me!
Rated 19 Nov 2023
70
74th
I have finally completed Thy Holy Trinity of our Saint Nicolas of Cage. This dark middle chapter sees our hero at his lowest point. Serving time for a crime of passion, He must ride the airplane and overcome the ultimate triumvirate of villains: John Malkovich, Ving Rhames, and Chief Miles O'Brien in order to rescue a bunny.
Rated 18 Jul 2015
60
16th
Terrible film made incredibly watchable by great leads. If you like Nic Cage and want to see a stupid and extremely entertaining film, this is the one for you.
Rated 20 Sep 2010
65
67th
A high concept action movie that manages to go over the top and have a great time doing it. The cast is great too. Nicholas Cage does an Elvis impression, Malkovich chews the scenery, with Dave Chappelle providing comic relief. Also enlivening the proceedings, John Cusack as his usual clever self, and Steve Buscemi with a brief but impactful cameo.
Rated 17 Apr 2010
80
65th
terrible, Nick Cage actually says "tie a yellow ribbon round the old oak tree, Daddy's coming home", it was pretty funny though, but not exactly in the way it intended.
Rated 16 Sep 2007
9
3rd
I have never seen a movie with John Cusack tank as much as this one did. The cast should have been able to turn this into something decent, but even they could not do it.
Rated 27 Sep 2023
88
84th
This is peak practical effects. Must see movie, Nicholas Cage brings it's to a whole nother level.
Rated 19 Sep 2016
82
35th
This is peak Cage. Lots of fun if stupid.
Rated 22 Feb 2008
85
60th
It's an action flick, and it has tons of action...plot, not so much.
Rated 15 Sep 2014
75
40th
Buckle up and put the bunny back in the box! This high flying thriller is pretty awesomely bad. Nicolas Cage probably sports one of Hollywood's worst Southern accents and his lines aren't written that well either. This sometimes adds to the comedy of the film. The movie also has a great crew of bad guys like Steve Buscemi, Ving Rhames, Danny Trejo, Dave Chappelle, Colm Meaney and best of all John Malkovich...
Rated 03 Mar 2018
40
7th
Hahaha
Rated 02 Jun 2011
50
30th
It reeks of 'hollywood'. Dave Chappelle's presence is the only thing worth watching this for.
Rated 29 Aug 2020
65
16th
As bad as I remembered it when I saw it in theaters in '97. But does it lack in entertainment? Absolutely not.
Rated 13 Jun 2008
86
96th
Nice
Rated 13 Jun 2008
70
61st
In spite of several unlikely situations, the movie appoints a decent option of amusement, for whom it likes movies of action.
Rated 19 Jul 2021
50
7th
İzlediğim en iyi 50’lik film.
Rated 11 Dec 2011
74
26th
A passable action movie, this film is one of three Nicolas Cage films I consider my 'ultimate white noise' trilogy. Nicolas Cage has had some gems and he's had some bombs, and this movie rides the fence between both extremes. I think what makes it enjoyable is the continuing sense of tension brought on by the close quarters of the setting. The acting is nothing of special acclaim; it's the dumb-action value of the movie that gives it replay value.
Rated 26 Dec 2009
60
71st
I loved this as a kid, hated it when I’d grown up, now appreciate it for what it is: a well-produced, cheesy ‘90s action film that’s aimed squarely at teenage boys and wears its OTT daftness proudly on its sleeve. The ensemble cast definitely help. I’d almost forgotten about the finale in Vegas which pushes patience, adds little, and perhaps should have been axed altogether.
Rated 06 Sep 2008
70
38th
Why do I love this piece of crap so?
Rated 01 Jul 2021
60
25th
OmgMonicaPotter+stupidlyjailedforselfdefensemanslaughtercuzhesmilitary+getstoknowdaughterthroughletters+lmaoNaccent+chosetostayon+V'sweremeh
Rated 27 Jul 2016
7
49th
The absurdity goes without saying, but I'll be damned if 'Con Air' isn't a consistently funny and exciting ride. The cast and their characters are fantastic, the cheesy zingers are just right, the action's fun, and the schmaltzy love song kicks in at just the right moments.
Rated 25 Nov 2011
85
68th
guilty pleasure, except i dont feel bad about liking this at all.
Rated 20 Jan 2013
30
3rd
Pretty terrible, made less and less sense as the film went on. Malkovich was good before the film descended into total farce.
Rated 23 Dec 2009
75
14th
Taken aback by Malkovich, but then again he never really had that profound a career.
Rated 24 Dec 2008
2
39th
Came for the Malkovich, stayed for the big, dumb action.
Rated 29 Dec 2008
30
13th
Stupid but fun.
Rated 15 Nov 2013
65
64th
This was pretty mediocre for the first hour or so but the last thirty minutes are amazing. The scene where the propeller flies back into the plane and saves Nic Cage is sublime.
Rated 08 Mar 2010
80
81st
Over the top action, with horrible oneliners, though entertaining all the way
Rated 19 Apr 2009
70
77th
Great 1990s over-the-top action. Highly entertaining.
Rated 27 Apr 2009
70
29th
Very fun action movie.
Rated 08 Mar 2010
26
8th
Bad action movies from the 80's are pure gold. Sadly, same can't be said about bad action movies from the 90's. This one particularly has a great supporting cast, that even makes Nic 'Deadly Weapon' Cage tolerable. But it is too self-serious to be truly entertaining. That's the biggest problem of all bad movies from the 90's.
Rated 27 Jul 2009
54
29th
A very enjoyable, yet still absolutely brainless, action film. Malkovich is the highlight. Cage is just annoying.
Rated 30 Jul 2009
75
86th
Just a really kick ass movie. Malkovich is amazing in it, and the rest of the cast puts in good performances. Even Nic Cage!
Rated 17 Oct 2020
80
37th
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