Con Air

  • 18
  • Simon West (1997)
  • US
  • 110 min
Con Air
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Film Review
Reviewed By
4 out of 5

Following on from The Rock, this was the film that cemented Nicolas Cage's reputation as one of Hollywood's most unlikely action heroes. It's a top-notch thrill-athon, with Cage as an ex-Army Ranger jailed for a murder he committed in self-defence, whose release is interrupted when his flight home is hijacked by a bunch of America's most dangerous felons. Cage's impossibly cool macho posturing is irresistible, as is John Malkovich's sneering, tongue-in-cheek turn as super-criminal Cyrus "the Virus" Grissom. John Cusack and Ving Rhames lend snappy support, while Steve Buscemi steals nearly every scene he is in with an inspired pastiche of Hannibal Lecter. Armed with an entertaining script by Scott Rosenberg, director Simon West has delivered a dynamic debut that's nearly impossible to dislike. The public certainly found it a winning formula - it went on to take more than $200 million around the world.

Plot Summary

Action thriller starring Nicolas Cage, John Cusack and John Malkovich. Finally paroled after eight years in prison for manslaughter, Cameron Poe heads home on the "Jailbird", a convict transport plane that contains some of America's most dangerous criminals. But there are nefarious plans afoot...

Cast and crew


Cameron Poe
Nicolas Cage
Vince Larkin
John Cusack
Cyrus "the Virus" Grissom
John Malkovich
Garland Greene
Steve Buscemi
Diamond Dog
Ving Rhames
Duncan Malloy
Colm Meaney
Mykelti Williamson
Sally Bishop
Rachel Ticotin
Tricia Poe
Monica Potter
Dave Chappelle
Swamp Thing
M C Gainey
Billy Bedlam
Nick Chinlund
Brendan Kelly
Johnny 23
Danny Trejo
Sally Can't Dance
Renoly Santiago
Francisco Cindino
Jesse Borrego


Simon West

Other Information

Theatrical distributor: 
Buena Vista International UK
Violence, swearing.
Available on video, DVD and BluRay
Certificate 18