But the movie still sucks. Once Simon West and his merry cohorts got such a talented cast, it might have been a good idea to do some rewrites, maybe even get a whole new script altogether. They shouldn't even have done an action movie--I have never, in all my life, seen John Cusack so heinously wasted.This is the picture that really made me realize what a whore Nicolas Cage has become. "Leaving Las Vegas" and "The Rock" both showed deterioration, but it was "Con Air" that cemented the idea in my mind. I just can't understand what he's doing with his career; action movies are the great toilet of cinema and he keeps on pulling the lever.
But Nicolas Cage is not the point. John Cusack outrunning fireballs is the point. He's not too old for this shit--he just wasn't made for it. I mean, he's skinny and funnylooking and he speaks in clear, heartfelt tones. I can't count the number of times I wanted to jump through the screen and pull him out by his greasy fucking hair.
Now is the time for plot. Cage kills two guys who give him and his ladyfriend trouble; he goes to prison, lifts weights, and grows a thick, down-to-his-asshole mane of hair; he hops a plane full of convicts to get home when he's finally released. Somewhere in the mess Steve Buscemi shows up and says funny things.
There are a lot of things I would have changed. First of all, slap in some nudie scenes, please. I'm getting tired of all these action movies aimed at thirteen year old boys, all full of explosions and firepower and profanity but containing absolutely zero boobies. I don't care if it was all men in the plane--you FIND A WAY to deliver the funbags.
Also, I would have cut the length. Every single scene is way too long, making for a film overstuffed with crap. The dialogue needs major work; I know that corny one liners are a touchstone of modern action cinema, and I don't care. When John Malkovich opens his mouth, I wanna hear something intelligent.
Simon West should never direct again. If anybody had listened to this advice after the film was initially released, "The General's Daughter" never would have happened. And I wouldn't have huge, permanent scars crisscrossing over my brain.It's crap. If you actually enjoyed this movie, email me with your home address. I'll come out and bludgeon you to death with Nic Cage's wig.