CON AIR (1997) SEVEN, 8.40PM, M, AC­TION

The Sunday Mail (Queensland) - TV Guide - - HIGHLIGHTS -

Su­per-pro­ducer Jerry Bruck­heimer’s big-bud­get ac­tion spec­tac­u­lar doesn’t trans­late so well to the small screen. Ni­co­las Cage plays a for­mer com­mando locked up for mur­der for eight years, af­ter pro­tect­ing his wife dur­ing a bar-room brawl. Af­ter fi­nally be­ing ap­proved for re­lease from prison, the plane due to carry him to freedom is hi­jacked by the other con­victs who promptly head for Las Vegas (where else?). De­spite the tal­ent on show, Cage and John Malkovich strug­gle with the in­ept script. Per­haps a cou­ple of smaller ex­plo­sions would have left enough cash for the pro­duc­ers to iron out the creases in the script. ★★★

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