CINEMA: CAGED HEAT

AS OSCAR-WINNING ACTOR TURNED ACTION-FILM HERO, NICOLAS CAGE IS RIDING HIGH

In Con Air, a thriller about a mutiny of convicted murderers aboard a transport plane, Nicolas Cage plays Cameron Poe, a bad-luck good guy on his way home from serving eight years in San Quentin on a bum rap. Cage's body is buffed enough for a macho role, but the Academy Award-winning actor seems a stretch as an action star. With his stubbly beard and stringy hair, he looks like either Jesus with a grudge or the guy who stares at kids from the other side of a schoolyard fence. Then, an hour into the film, Poe finds a villain rifling...

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