Con Air (1997) Movie Review – A Classic ’90’s Action Film

Con Air is a 1997 American action film directed by Simon West, written by Scott Rosenberg, and produced by Jerry Bruckheimer, producer of The Rock.

The film stars Nicolas Cage, John Cusack, and John Malkovich alongside Colm Meaney, Mykelti Williamson, Ving Rhames, Nick Chinlund, Jesse Borrego, Jose Zuniga, and Monica Potter.

It was released theatrically on June 6, 1997 by Touchstone Pictures and was a box office success, grossing over $224 million against a production budget of $75 million.

Despite this, the film received mixed reviews from critics but praising Cage and the cast performances as well as its action sequences, stunts and the villain portrayed by Malkovich.

Comments

R. Harms says:

saw it in theatre and this movie managed to suck me in and blow me away, maybe 1 of 4 moviegoing experiences in my life managed to do that , its maybe the best of the 90s along w the rock

con air and better off dead are cusacks best movies, did he really say he hates better off dead, with con air i understand that he says it cause thats what those actor “artists” always say , since its not artistic but commercial and to keep that artistic aura about them they always say this pretentious bullcrap, better of dead is a cult classic though , what a letdown

Jack Craven says:

Good review of very solid action film. I like Con Air as much as i like The Rock, and personally, those two films are just about only Nick Cage films i like. And yes, the both have great scores.

Jacquez Jones says:

“Why couldn’t you put the bunny back in the box?” Loved Con Air. I also loved the theme song and How Do I Live by Trisha Yearwood. Classic film.

R. Harms says:

i don’t know if you feel the same, but all these marvel and even actionmovies from year 2000 on, alot of them have almost the same amount of action, but the action in them have the exact opposite effect on me, you get numb to it and it feels dull instead of exciting, while movies especilly from the 90s like speed, the rock or this on have that special style of directing where its over the top but still exciting, they FEEL completey different, but on paper they have same amount of action as current movies in it, its almost like a magic sparkle that make them feel alive and and boombastic, like an energetic rollercoaster ride

ILiveAgain1 says:

9:19 Really? come on Cusack! get your head out of your fucking ass already this isn’t the worst film you ever done ”Identity” is your worst film IMHO!

JurassicGodzillaFan says:

Very good review. I love the movie. It’s another classic action film that growing up, I saw this film all the time on tv. Definitely on of my favorite action films.

Billy’s Metal Mulisha says:

Love this flick!! Great review!

Dream Warrior12 says:

“I’m going to use your whole body to make me feel good!”

Callum Wearne says:

awesome flick and so crazy out there that it ended up being an absolute knock out in my book. its that purposely bad in humor and story that it is actually good. its a shame that cage doesn’t do decent flicks like this anymore

kentuckycunctator says:

23:55 love that stunt

ILiveAgain1 says:

1:46 I like ”The Rock” but I really,really love ”Con Air” a lot better especially like Cage’s character Cameron Poe 10 times better then Stanley Goodspeed IMHO!

giftofgab247 says:

Love Con Air. It was either this flick or Face/Off that introduced me to Nic Cage, and I want to say it was this one. I think I watched Face/Off after this but I don’t really remember. Either way, it’s nostalgic for me and I always thought this film was very fun and entertaining. It goes at a great pace too. I recently watched the slightly longer unrated cut and didn’t notice much drag in the pacing. Great review of a classic 90’s action flick.

Cimozzen says:

9:15, what film has John Cusack been in that he DOESNT hate? 😛

ILiveAgain1 says:

9:48-9:54 I 2nd that statement bro LOL!
33:07 Well its not really worthless nor does it slow the film just would’ve been interesting to see on deleted scenes features instead of adding it to the film but it doesn’t hurt the film like other bullshit extended cut’s IMHO!
A very well done review for a really fun 90’s action classic plus the film does have a littlebit of heart to it because I really felt for Cage’s ”Cameron Poe” and that ending scene when he finally get’s to his little girl it always get’s me a bit glassy eyed but hey that’s just me LOL!

VaughnJogVlog says:

The last of the classic action movies.

Abz Productions says:

“Make a move and the bunny gets it” damn i love this movie! XD

TheFilmAttorney says:

Billy Bedlam is like the grown up version of Roger from “Doug”. This is a great movie.

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