CON AIR (1997)
Con Air (1997)
One Wrong Flight Can Ruin Your Whole Day
“Put the bunnie back in the box.”
Cameron Poe returns home from his army duty to a reunion with his pregnant wife, only to become involved in a fight where he accidently killed a man in protecting her and in self defense, and is sentenced to eight years in a maximum security federal penitentiary.
While in prison, his wife gives birth to their daughter, Casey, and his only contact with her in her first years is through writing.
The day comes where Cameron is released, coincidentally also his daughter’s eighth birthday. His trip home is on the Alabama “jailbird” plane with an array of prisoners as his fellow passengers, including his diabetic former cell mate who had once saved his life during a fire, and some notoriously dangerous criminals who are being transferred to other more higher security prisons. Not long into the flight the prisoners successfully hijack the plane and switch places with the guards and eventually the pilot, in an operation masterminded by psychopathic but genius “Cyrus the Virus” who dubs the flight “Con Air.”
The prisoners maintain the schedule to stop, drop off and pick up more passengers and Cameron has his chance to get off the flight, but not revealing that he is fact a free man, stays on to help his diabetic friend who needs insulin and to attempt to help save the lives of the innocent people on board, including the prison guards.
Cameron soon also becomes the only hope of overthrowing the hijack attempt by U.S Marshall Vince Larkin, who was overseeing the operation.
What follows is a suspenseful high octane action ride, will Cameron Poe get to give his daughter her birthday present, and can he “save the ****ing day” ?
Nicolas Cage won the Blockbuster Entertainment Award for Favourite Actor in an Action/Adventure movie.
Nicolas Cage movie quote:
“After The Rock, Con Air was natural for me. I’ve done
some of my most original stuff in those films.”
Comedians Elephant Larry created ‘Elephant Larry Presents Con Air’ an entire comedy sketch show based on the movie, and wrote the Con Air Rap, a highly original synopsis of the movie!
The movie was nominated for and won a host of music awards for the soundtrack and the song ‘How Do I live’ by Diane Warren, including the BMI Film Music Award, the ASCAP Awards for Most Performed Songs From Motion Pictures, a nomination for the Academy Award for Best Music / Original Song, a nomination for a Grammy Award for Best Song Written Specifically for a Motion Picture or for Television.