In order to foil an extortion plot, an FBI agent undergoes a face-transplant surgery and assumes the identity and physical appearance of a ruthless terrorist, but the plan turns from bad to worse when the same criminal impersonates the cop.
Cameron Poe, a highly decorated United States Army Ranger, came home to Alabama to his wife, Tricia, only to run into a few drunken regulars where Tricia works. Cameron unknowingly kills one of the drunks and is sent to a federal penitentiary for involuntary manslaughter for seven years. Cameron becomes eligible for parole and can now go home to his wife and daughter. Unfortunately, Cameron has to share a prison airplane with some of the country's most dangerous criminals, who took control of the plane and are now planning to escape the country. Cameron has to find a way to stop them while playing along. Meanwhile, United States Marshal Vincent Larkin is trying to help Cameron get free and stop the criminals, including Cyrus "The Virus" Grissom. Written by
In reference to the credit "In Memory of Phil Swartz", Phil Swartz was an effects specialist who was killed during the making of this movie, when a rigged plane fell and crushed him. See more »
(at around 37 mins) The "transponder" removed from the Con Air aircraft is actually just a remote control head as evidenced by the large, multi-contact connector on the back of it. Even if it were the transponder, it would not operate on a single lantern battery, nor would it operate without an antenna. Having two operating transponders in an aircraft (the Grand Canyon Tours aircraft) would result in a collision alarm at Air Traffic Control since the radar would see two aircraft in the same place. Transponders are "Secondary Surveillance Radar". The Primary
Surveillance Radar would still see the Con Air Plane take-off and notice that it didn't have a transponder signal. See more »
Officer at Leaving Ceremony:
Army Rangers have a proud history. Since the 1700s, Rangers have led the way in every major confrontation in which the United States has been involved. You men are a credit to that fine heritage, and I'm sorry to see you go. But you've served your country well, and you've displayed the ability to fight on to the Ranger objective and complete its mission, never leaving behind a fallen comrade no matter what the odds or the enemy. I thank you. America thanks you. And I wish you luck ...
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"Con Air" can best be described as "The Rock" in the sky. The film deals with a Gulf War veteran (Nicolas Cage) who becomes a victim of circumstance and is sentenced to eight years in prison. He is going home via a gigantic prison plane which is also carrying some very unsavory characters (John Malkovich, Ving Rhames, and Steve Buscemi among others). Of course the evil prisoners take over the plane and it is up to Cage to save the day. Overall this is a fine action film which keeps its focus on the characters. 4 out of 5 stars.
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