Reviewed by: Tim Emmerich
My overall recommendation is to encourage you to skip this movie. It is extremely violent and would receive a R+ rating, if there were such a thing! Even the excellent action can’t keep all the negativity down.
“Con Air” is a good-versus-evil struggle with Cameron Poe (Nicolas Cage) as the good character. Poe retires from being a Ranger in the military but shortly thereafter gets into a fight defending his wife, Tricia (Monica Potter), who is pregnant with their unborn daughter. Unfortunately, Poe kills one of the three men and is sentenced to 7 to 10 years. Time quickly passes and he is paroled after 8 years, but as luck would have it, he is flying back on an airplane full of hardened criminals (“lifers”) who are getting transported to a new facility. Of course, the hardened criminals get loose and take over the plane.
Some of the obvious dumb things performed by the US Marshals responsible for the prison transfer include: having very few guards on the plane, allowing a “DEA” agent to pose as a fellow prisoner in order to try to get one of the criminals to confide in him (he sneaks in his gun as well), and allowing “normal” prisoners who are about to be paroled to be on the same transfer plane as the hardened criminals. Why don’t they just sedate the bad guys??
I won’t discuss the criminals, they are the baddest of the bad with all kinds of perversions. Terrible perversions. One, who had killed 38 people including children, finds a young girl. She comments that he “looks sick” and does he take medicine? He says that “there is no medication for what I have.” While they are playing teatime, the girl asks him to sing and they sing “He’s got the whole world in His hands.” I’m not sure if the song saves the little girl, or the fact that the plane needs to take off again, but thankfully she is spared.
Some specific examples of the strong violence are: death by a fight, death by impalement, attempted rape, death by explosion, multiple people getting shot, and death by crushing. Add to this the foul language and you’ve got a movie to avoid.
Year of Release—1997