Aboard Con Air, a high security jet plane, the life of a fluffy toy bunny hangs in the balance.Its heinous victimiser is Cyrus the Virus (Malkovich). Just when it looks like it might be too late, to the rescue comes sweaty, protuberant ex-con Cameron Poe (Cage). With an edge of discernible chivalry he raises a gun to Cyrus' head and in a low steady southern accent, he croons 'Drop the bunny Cyrus.'
An unlikely scene in an action film about the world's most despicable criminals? Well, you better believe it! Poe is an accidental tourist on a prison transport flight carrying a transfer of America's most notorious and despised criminals. Recently paroled after serving a seven year sentence for accidental manslaughter, his sole desire is to return to his beloved wife Tricia and meet his eight year old daughter for the first time on her birthday. His destiny is threatened when everything goes horribly wrong mid-flight. Cyrus, ('a man who has killed more men than cancer') masterminds a conspiracy to skyjack the plane.
With a beefy all-star cast this is a big bucks, big guns and big boys action flick. Thank God it doesn't take itself too seriously. True to genre, there are some very gratifying scenes of mass destruction.Special effects are impressive and the story climaxes to an exuberant finale - but the thrills don't come cheaply. The price to be paid is some very soppy moments and maximum levels of the red white and blue schmaltz. ---Melissa Bollinger