Buena Vista will re-release “Con Air Unrated Extended Cut” Tuesday. Get it.

“Con Air” is an engaging action movie. The actors are good and the action is non-stop. The dialogue is sometimes really funny. It’s hard to believe this movie was originally released almost 9 years ago.

In general, I find action films fall into two categories. Those that take themselves too seriously and those that don’t. “Con Air” is definitely one of those that don’t. This is the release’s strongest attribute.

The release is filled with typical tough guy humor. For instance, at one point, one of the convicts snarls threateningly at Poe (Nicolas Cage) “You know what I am?” Poe replies without inflection in his voice, “Ugly all day.”

Add to that a lot of explosions and car crashes, snarly bad guys, snarly good guys, and a pace that’s right out of a Road Runner/Wiley Coyote cartoon. “Con Air” is a hoot. It’s a non-stop, totally improbable, over-the-top action movie.

I have read this release didn’t do well at the box office, however in my opinion, it’s one of the better action movies that has been made. Even though the premise isn’t the most original, Cage and crew pull off an entertaining performance with a lot of quality stunts and great effects.

“Con Air” has the acting talent and a laugh-out-loud script so packed full of classic action film one-liners it makes this movie one of the most rapturous popcorn-munching guilty pleasures this side of an R rated movie. Predictable? Definitely. Funny? Oh Yeah. Filled with action? Certainly. Worth seeing? Over and over again.

“Con Air” careens from one over-the-top scene to another.

Are we surprised when the perfectly operational police bike crashes into the back of the firetruck and explodes instantly? We take it in stride.

Or seeing an angry Poe taking a gunshot to the arm and not even flinch? That’s the way it’s supposed to be.

Or John Malkovich being able to surreptitiously construct a highly explosive incindiary device in a maximum-security lockdown?

Steve Buscemi steals the whole show. His deadpan, bug-eyed portrayal of a deranged killer is the centrepiece of the whole film. The scene where he sings with a little girl (and continues later on) will either freak you out or steal your heart. And the ending is the best you could hope for.

Cast: Nicolas Cage, John Cusack, John Malkovich, Steve Buscemi, Nick Chinlund, Ving Rhames, Colm Meaney, Mykelti Williamson, Rachel Ticotin

Con Air

Unrated Extended Cut

Rated (**** out of *****)

Synopsis: (Courtesy of Buena Vista Home Entertainment) From Jerry Bruckheimer, hit-making producer of “Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl,” “National Treasure” and many more, comes the hard-hitting blockbuster “Con Air”, available on May 16 in an unrated extended edition DVD from Touchstone Home Entertainment.

Starring Nicolas Cage, John Cusak, John Malkovich and more A-list Hollywood stars, “Con Air” is the high-stakes thriller about a prison parolee (Cage) who is on his way to freedom… until the maximum security transport plane he’s on is skyjacked by the most vicious criminals in the country. “Con Air” takes explosive action to extreme heights of exciting entertainment.

“Con Air” stars Nicolas Cage, John Cusak, John Malkovich, Steve Buscemi, Ving Rhames, Colm Meaney, Mykelti Williamson and Rachel Ticotin.

Run time: Approximately 122 minutes

Rating: Not rated

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