Genre Guesstimation – Con Air (1997) – Encore Review

The idea behind this feature (Genre Guesstimation) is for me to watch a bunch of new movies (or ones that I haven’t seen many times) from the chosen monthly GG genre in order to expand my knowledge of movies within that particular genre.

This month’s genre has been chosen by me and we will be reviewing our favorite Oscar Nominated or Winning Movies.

Please get me your submissions by the 25th of Mar by sending them to andtheOscargoesto…

Try to think out of the box!

Let’s see if I felt that this movie would be worthy of being in the company of my others favorite movies in the genre of Oscar Nominated or Winning Movies……….

“[to Larkin, while in the private jet hanger] Sorry boss, but there’s only two men I trust. One of them’s me. The other’s not you.” – Cameron Poe

Number of Times Seen – 3 times (in Theater in 1997, 6 Nov 2013 and 4 Mar 2022)

Link to original reviewHere

Brief Synopsis – A released prisoner hitches a ride home on a flight full of convicts and must try and save the day when the convicts take over the plane.

My Take on it – I’ve never kept it a secret that I’m not the biggest fan of Nicholas Cage and his movies.

Thankfully, this film has enough characters played by famous stars that it can be seen as an ensemble instead of a pure Cage film.

In addition to Cage, this movie features John Cusack, Colm Meaney, John Malkovich (who is devilishly evil as ever), Steve Buscemi, Mykelti Williamson, Danny Trejo, Ving Rhames, Dave Chappelle, Rachel Ticotin and M.C. Gainey and they all add so much more life to the way that the film moves along.

The story is a bit silly, yet it is shown in such a fun way that it remains entertaining from start to finish.

Love some of the various twists and turns here because they add so much to the atmosphere of the story.

As a film by Jerry Bruckheimer, they hit all of the right notes here and the ensemble cast helps make it all so entertaining to watch from start to finish.

Cage’s accent is the most annoying aspect of the film but if one tries to ignore it, the rest of the story outshines that poor aspect of things.

The dialogue is also quite fun and this is an action film that is quite quotable throughout especially Buscemi and Rhames.

The plot is set up really well and stays thrilling the entire time.


MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – John Malkovich was unhappy during production because the script was being rewritten virtually every day and he had no idea how his character was going to turn out. (From IMDB)

Genre Grandeur Worthy? – Not really.  Very fun film, but isn’t unique enough since it feels as if it plays by the book of films in the genre.

Rating – Globe Worthy (8/10) (no change from original review)


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