Con Air (1997)

dir. Simon West

Basically, someone took the phrase “air con”, swapped it, and used it as an excuse to put a bunch of criminals on a plane. Nicolas Cage, John Cusack and John Malkovich all desperately try to out-grimace each other as the prisoners take over, with Cage’s grizzled ex-sergeant doing his utmost to restore order. Who would have thought placing a bunch of dangerous, violent criminals on a plane with very little security would culminate in bad consequences? But you know the consequences won’t be too bad, because the ex-sergeant has a pregnant wife waiting patiently at home. Honestly, the flagrant lunacy of it all has to be admired. Con Air knows exactly what it is, and it doesn’t try to hide it.

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