Cameron Poe (Nicolas Cage), a former Army Ranger, has been in prison for eight years after accidentally killing a man who had been harassing his wife. Now he's finally being paroled and looking forward to getting acquainted with a young daughter he's never met. Poe hitches a ride on an airplane transporting several notorious criminals to a new maximum security prison. Unfortunately, one inmate is Cyrus The Virus Grissom (John Malkovich), a brilliant but twisted psychopathic killer. Assisted by murderer Diamond Dog (Ving Rhames) and other devious convicts, he masterminds a hijacking of the plane while in flight. As they head for a remote airstrip to rendezvous with a South American druglord, Poe keeps his identity a secret as he looks for a way to save the day. On the ground, U.S. Marshal Vince Larkin (John Cusack) tries to track the plane and avert further disaster. This film should appeal to the same audience that made Nicolas Cage's last action movie, The Rock, a box office smash.
The film features almost continuous violence, with numerous assaults and fistfights, frequent bloody and deadly shootings and even the attempted rape of a female guard. Fortunately Poe intervenes in the latter incident before anything serious happens. Many explosions result in property destruction and death, and a traitorous prisoner doused with gasoline is burned to death. Foul language is equally overwhelming, with 91 obscenities and many crude words and regular profanities. With its excessive violence and foul language, CONAIR is a criminal waste of time.
Buena Vista Pictures Distribution (Touchstone Pictures), 3900 W. Alameda Ave., Burbank, CA 91521
Many (32) times - Mild 18, Moderate 14
Many (91) times - (f-word 41, s-word 37, other 13)
Many (13) times - Regular 9 (G-d 3, C 2, G 1, J 1, JC 1, swear to G 1), Exclamatory 4
Many, many times - Moderate and Severe (multiple shootings with bloody wounds and killings, fiery explosions with property destruction and deaths, fistfights, man impaled, stake driven into man's leg, man's head crushed by machine, woman assaulted and threatened with rape, men in flames, violent plane hijacking, falling corpse causes car accidents)
Effeminate man wears dress
Sexually Suggestive Action/Dialog:
Few times (alcohol in bar, smoking)
Racial slur (n-word) 3 times
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