Con Air (1997)
Director: Simon West
Cast: Nicolas Cage, John Malkovich, John Cusack, Monica Potter
Synopsis: Cameron Poe (Nicolas Cage), a honorably discharged United States Army Ranger, is found guilty of manslaughter in the death of an innocent but drunk bar customer while trying to defend his pregnant wife Tricia (Monica Potter) from him, and sentenced to seven to ten years by a bias judge. During his time in prison, he communicates with his wife and daughter while taking time to better himself. Eight years later, Poe is released on parole, and is scheduled to be flown back to his hometown in Alabama on the same day as his daughter Casey’s seventh birthday. Poe is arranged transport on the “Jailbird”, a C-123 airplane, along with a fellow prisoner Mike “Baby-O” O’Dell and several other prisoners destined for a new Supermax prison, including Cyrus “The Virus” Grissom (John Malkovich). The prisoner transfer is overseen by U.S. Marshall Vince Larkin (John Cusack); however, he is approached by DEA agent Duncan Malloy, who asks to put undercover agent Sims on board the plane in order to gain intelligence from one of the prisoners during flight. Larkin acquiesces but insists the agent go aboard unarmed, but Malloy is able to sneak Sims a gun during the boarding pat-down. It is not long before the prisoners take over the plane and kill Sims. Heading for an unknown location it is up to Poe with the help of Larkin to stop The Virus from getting away.
Trivia: While “Sweet Home Alabama” by Lynyrd Skynyrd is playing in the background, Garland Greene (Steve Buscemi) says: “Define irony: a bunch of idiots dancing around on a plane to a song made famous by a band that died in a plane crash.” On October 20, 1977 Lynyrd Skynyrd’s plane crashed. It was the model Convair 240.
Why I think you shouldn’t see this: Once again a very entertaining film that I own but this is pure trash. There are some redeeming parts such as John Malkovich’s performance as the villain and Steve Buscemi’s creepy little turn. Nic Cage’s accent is pretty terrible in this movie they probably should have just let him talk normally. Simon West did a fine job directing with what he was given. I am pretty excited for his next film The Expendables 2. This is a good action film but not much else a must see for Cage fans if there are still any…