Sunday, August 4, 2013

Con Air (1997)

Links: TVTropes, Wikipedia, IMDB (6.8).

"Make a move and the bunny gets it."
The film was nominated for Best Original Song (for "How Do I Live") and Best Sound Mixing (Kevin O'Connell, Greg P. Russell and Art Rochester) at the 70th Academy Awards, losing to Titanic in both categories.
Conversely, the film won the Golden Raspberry Award for "Worst Reckless Disregard for Human Life and Public Property" at the 18th Golden Raspberry Awards. "How Do I Live" was nominated for both the Academy Award for Best Original Song and the Razzie Award Worst Original Song, but won neither.
— Wikipedia

So.  It's kind of hard to tell if this film is in the "wow, this is mediocre" bucket or the "holy crap, this is so bad it's great!" pail.  The premise — hardened convicts try to escape by taking over a prisoner transport plane — seems reasonable enough on the surface, but the execution is rather silly, the action is cliché as hell, every comedic beat is totally predictable, and you have bemulleted Nicolas Cage putting on a ridiculously fake Alabama accent and being all Nicolas-Cagey.  It's sort of Snakes on a Plane 9 years early, but a bit less self-aware and a bit more intelligent.  Add in the cheesy as hell "How Do I Live" song, the dumb but quotable bunny memes, and the fact that the action (while cliché) is competently done and works, and... well... yeah, this is worth a watch.  Score: 2 stars out of 4.

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