Con Air (UE)
WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
On his flight home on a prison transport plane, newly released ex-con Cameron Poe gets himself stuck in a nasty situation when a bunch of the world's most villainous criminals seize control.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
CON AIR is the quintessential example of a guilty pleasure. The movie is so cheesy, so ridiculous, so outright stupid, that you really gotta wonder why it's so f*cking fun to watch. Then you remember it stars John Cusack, John Malkovich, Dave Chappelle, Steve Buscemi, Ving Rhames, and Danny Trejo, all of whom are playing characters like "Cyrus the Virus", "Diamond Dog", and "The Marietta Mangler". The reason I'm not mentioning Nicolas Cage as one of the stars is because he only rarely crosses the line between being an annoyingly bad-accented hick with dorky one-liners to being a bona fide kick-ass action hero. Cage can be a great actor when he chooses the right movies... I guess this just wasn't one of them. Oh well.
Your average action-loving dude will more than likely get a huge kick out this film. It feels like a mix between a comic book and a videogame, only it's been shot up with a heavy dosage of adrenaline and 100 shots of espresso. The action is as fast-paced as you can get, the thrills keep on coming, and the whole thing is beyond over-the-top... perfect for a Friday night movie. I wouldn't be surprised if the filmmakers themselves came out and said the whole movie was a parody of action films, as there's hardly a single moment where the film doesn't feel like it's being tongue-in-cheek. The only downside is when the movie tries to be serious, which unfortunately, is exactly how it starts things off. There's a big explanation of Cage's character and how he ended up in jail, which I found not only completely dull and melodramatic, but also unnecessary. They could have just as easily spared us the mumbo-jumbo by keeping things a secret until somwhere near the middle of the film, where it could be revealed how he went to jail. Basically, it just wasn't a great way to open the movie. Other than that, it's a damn good time... just as long as you don't mind losing half of your brain-cells in one sitting.
Fans of the movie will be dissapointed to find out that, aside from the 7 minutes of newly added footage, the only extras on this DVD are 6 Previews.
If you're looking to avoid having to actually congure an intelligent thought, and would rather just let your lifeless body ooze in a comfy chair while watching a whole bunch of shit blow up, then check out CON AIR (or just watch any Michael Bay film). Plus there's extra goodness to be found on the extended edition, which despite the extreme lack of extras (very annoying!), it at least gives the fans an extra helping of gratuitous violence. However, it's certainly not significant enough to warrant a double dip for people who already own the prior release. I'd bitch about it, but my brain has already been thoroughly melted by the wonderful retardation that is CON AIR.