Cameron Poe (Nicholas Cage) is an ex-US Army Ranger who is jailed when he inadvertently kills a man while defending his wife from them. Eight years later Poe is on parole and on his way back home to Alabama, to be flown back on “Jailbird”, a place carrying several convicts to different places. Except that this is no ordinary prison transport plane because it contains some of the most deviant, devious, notorious, interesting scum-of-the-earth prisoners known in recent US crime history. This motley crew of murderers, rapists, serial killers, druglords are under the charge of US Marshal Vince Larkin (Jon Cusack).
Shortly after the take off, the Jailbird is taken over by Cyrus, the Virus, Grissom (John Malkovich), who in co-ordination with a few other prisoners manages to convince the rest of the crew that they will all be taken to a non-extradition country if they co-operate. Poe makes a choice to play along with the situation deciding to try and recapture the aircraft at the first possible opportunity.
Whether Poe manages to get the Jailbird in his control and prevent the prisoners from escaping make up for the rest of the movie. Suffice to say the movie has enough action, mid-air sequences, fights, guns, bombs to keep all adrenaline-junkies glued to their seats. The fact that this is a Jerry Bruckheimer production speaks volumes for the money spent on explosions, bullets, and pyrotechnics. Add to this is the fact that the cast comprising of Nicholas Cage, Jon Cusack, John Malkovich, Steve Buscemi and more notable ‘regular action movie stars’ make this movie a fun-movie to watch.
This movie is a nice throwback to those days when all you needed for a good action movie was a bankable leading man, a mean villain and a simple situation which put them in each others’ path. No complicated twisted storylines in which the US Govt ultimately ends up being the villain, etc.
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