Monday, 10 July 2017

Con Air Review

Con Air

Release Date: 17th July 1997 - Australia

Production Companies
Touchstone Pictures
Jerry Bruckheimer Films

Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures Australia 

Genre: Action

Rating: MA15+ (Not Suitable 
for Young Children)

Runtime: 115 minutes

Budget: $75,000,000

Box Office Gross: $224,012,234 

Plot Summary
On an aircraft carrying some of the most notorious criminals of all time, the recently paroled Cameron Poe is hitching a ride home to his wife and daughter. But he suddenly finds himself embroiled in a midair skyjacking masterminded by Cyrus "The Virus" Grissom. While Cameron fights to keep these savage convicts from massacring everyone on board as they careen toward the famed Las Vegas Strip, a government agent on the ground battles to keep his overzealous superiors from blowing the plane into oblivion!

Nicolas Cage - Cameron Poe
John Cusack - Vince Larkin
John Malkovich - Cyrus 'The Virus' Grissom
Ving Rhames - Diamond Dog
Steve Buscemi - Garland 'The Mareitta Mangler' Greene
Colm Meaney - Duncan Malloy
Mykelti Williamson - Baby-O
Rachel Ticotin - Guard Sally Bishop
Monica Potter - Tricia Poe
Nick Chinlund - Billy Bedlam
Renoly Santiago - Ramon 'Sally-Can't Dance' Martinez
Dave Chapelle - Pinball
Steve Eastin - Guard Falzon
Danny Trejo - Johnny-23
M.C. Gainey - Swamp Thing
Landry Allbright - Casey Poe
Brendan Kelly - Conrad
Jesse Borrego - Francisco Cindino
John Roselius - Skip Devers

Director - Simon West
Writer - Scott Rosenberg
Executive Producers - Chad Oman, Jonathan Hensleigh, Jim Kouf and Lynn Bigelow
Executive Producer/Unit Production Manager - Peter Bogart
Producer - Jerry Bruckheimer
Associate Producer/Stunt Coordinator - Kenny Bates
Art Directors - Chas. Butcher, Edward T. McAvoy and Seven L. Nielsen (Uncredited)
Visual Consultant - Deborah Evans
Costume Designer - Bobbie Read
Director of Photography - David Tattersall
Stunt Coordinator - Steve Pirceni 
Visual Effects Supervisor - David Goldberg
Film Editors - Chris Lebonzon, Steve Mirkovich and Glen Scantlebury
Music - Mark Mancina and Trevor Rabin 


1998 Academy Awards
Best Sound - Kevin O'Connell, Greg P. Russell and Art Rochester (Nominated)
Best Original Song "How Do I Live" - Diane Warren (Nominated)

CON AIR was the first movie that was solely produced by Jerry Bruckheimer after the death of his production partner Don Simpson. This matinee action movie takes you airborne and is enough to get ridiculous in its non-stop action, corniness and pure insanity. The plot of the film however is very believable but follows the typical action cliche in every other feature in its sole genre. It is also the directorial debut of Simon West who has an early career of producing music videos and commercials in the U.K before he journeyed to Hollywood. He was fantastic for directing CON AIR and was proud to include its fast-pace in the story-line, action sequences and editing. I liked how Scott Rosenberg's humorous script-writing fits into the movie with each of these moments that were delivered as a punch in the gut and it worked. I can't be too harsh on this movie for being too violent in its excessive gore imagery as parents and moral guardians abide it. Surprisingly, it features the most extensive property damage and a huge body count in some scenes.

Nicolas Cage was in his second time around with the producer as he portrays a newly pardoned, ex-military figure who gets involved in a skyjacking by his fellow convicts. A remarkable actor with a large presence to steer a good performance but not enough to pull a fake accent. John Malkovich was a deliberate standout actor as he gets hammy with Cyrus the Virus, the insane mastermind behind the skyjacking. Joining with Cage and Malkovich are fellow cast members Steve Buscemi who was the Hannibal Lecter type comic relief and John Cusack is the agent who is out to get Cyrus and foil his dastardly scheme.

CON AIR was at its best, a colourful and explosive popcorn feature that has been considered a must-see for a movie-goer who has never seen the film for the first time.

Star rating: (7/10) Good Movie

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