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The plot of CON AIR ($30) goes way beyond what one would call far-fetched, but as far as action movies go this entry is pure slam bang entertainment. CON AIR stars Nicolas Cage as Cameron Poe, a decorated military hero who ends up in prison for manslaughter, after defending his wife’s honor from the drunken advances of a barroom patron. Seven years later, Poe is paroled and on his way home to his wife and daughter on a prisoner transfer flight. Unfortunately, the flight ends up being hijacked by a number of the other prisoners on the plane, some of who are amongst the worst offenders currently in the penal system.

As Cyrus The Virus, John Malkovich deliverers another of his patented over-the-top performances, playing the criminal mastermind responsible for the hijacking with menacing glee. Poe’s heroic nature compels him to stay aboard the plane when he has the opportunity to leave, just so he can protect the lives of the hostages. CON AIR also stars John Cusack as Vince Larkin, the man responsible for the prisoner transfer, who comes to believe that Cameron Poe is working against the hijackers and may be the only chance the law has of reclaiming the plane and its occupants. Director Simon West effectively piles one incredible action sequence on top of another turning CON AIR into a non-stop thrill ride. The film’s Las Vegas climax is worth the price of admission. The cast of CON AIR also features Steve Buscemi, Ving Rhames, Colm Meaney, Rachel Ticotin and David Chappelle.

Touchstone Home Video offers CON AIR on DVD in a terrific Letterboxed presentation. CON AIR is framed very close to its theatrical aspect ratio of 2.35:1, placing all of the essentials up on the screen. The transfer has a crisp, detailed image and colors that feature excellent saturation.

The Dolby Digital 5.1 channel soundtrack has fantastic action movie mix with great channel separation and deep bass. If you like gunfire and explosions, this soundtrack is for you. Other soundtrack options include a matrixed Dolby Surround compatible track, plus a French language track. Subtitles are available in English and Spanish. The interactive menus offer access to a theatrical trailer and teaser, as well as the standard scene selection feature.

For action movie fans, the CON AIR DVD is a must have. Recommended.


Con Air (1997)


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THE CINEMA LASER is written, edited and published by Derek M. Germano.



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