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Yes, disbelief is required not so much to be suspended as removed altogether, but it barely matters as this is an adrenaline blast of the highest order.
Chicago Sun-Times
This is a movie that knows it is absurd, and does little to deny it.
This is a big, silly film. Is it full of explosions and one-liners? Of course. Is it entertaining? Of course.
Entertainment Weekly
It's so shameless, so psychotically nervous about keeping you ''thrilled,'' that the phrase over the top won't do it justice. It's like a drug designed for people who've done every drug and now want to be jet-propelled into numbness.
From scene to scene, the tone shifts from supposed sincerity to arch and amused, until the picture begins to seem like some mad, desperate, scattershot attempt to hold an audience's attention from moment to moment, by any means.
Director Simon West makes an impressive feature debut in this relentless action-comedy that is, more than anything else, about how funny it is to see hundreds of people exploded, shot, knifed, propellered and burnt to death, and how to land a plane on the crowded Vegas strip.
This movie is a perfect example of what's wrong with many big-budget films today: no characters, no intelligence, and, worst of all, little fun.
Mega-budget action extravaganzas don't get much sillier than this.
There's nary a hint of suspense in West's film, though, mainly because he loudly trumpets the upcoming disasters so early in the film.
Con Air has all the signs of a hit. That's depressing.
Christian Science Monitor
Nicolas Cage, Ving Rhames, and Steve Buscemi are among the few performers who emerge with a shred of dignity at the end.

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