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In order to catch him, he must become him.
An antiterrorism agent goes under the knife to acquire the likeness of a terrorist and gather details about a bombing plot. When the terrorist escapes custody, he undergoes surgery to look like the agent so he can get close to the agent's family.
Walk into this expecting subtlety and you're in trouble. Walk into this expecting cheesy, retarded fun and you'll be just fine.
See, this film does something quite extraordinary. It takes an absolutely ridiculous gimmick, seemingly created just to have an absurd action packed impersonation contest and it makes it work.
This has absolutely nothing to do with the script, because it is just really poor. It is overlong, has some cringe worthy dialogue and is riddled with annoying static in the narrative. It works because of Woo, Travolta and Cage.
Travolta and Cage clearly understand the power of 'having a good time'. They embrace Face/Off's insane premise with admirable passion and enthusiasm. And as silly as it all is, I…
nic cage gets punched off of a speed boat and starts barefoot skiing.
this is literally the nic cage of movies.
My face itches...
If there was ever to be a single film that encapsulates that superficial, machismo-laden, frat-boy popcorn flick that seemed to pervade the last half of the '90s, Face/Off gets my vote as its ambassador. Along with Independence Day, the first Mission: Impossible, and countless others, a new style of blockbuster had emerged - hyper-stylized, overly-polished, and seemingly allergic to any rational thought among the characters that populate them. Underneath it all, there was a sense of almost-invincible optimism running through pre-9/11 Hollywood. The action/exploitation flicks of the late '70s and '80s were buffed to a near-blinding sheen, and while they added nothing to the idea of cinema as art, by god, but weren't they a blast.
"Please tell me what planet I'm on!"
"It's like looking in a mirror. Only... not."
An unbelievable amount of explosions.
Some of the most well-choreographed gunfights I've seen.
Yeah, this is just too awesome for words.
Film #72 of Project 90
”Well, if you are Sean Archer, then I must be Castor Troy.”
John Woo was a very brave director to accept such a radical and crazy screenplay, Face/Off’s story is so bizarre that it can easily turn into a parody of itself but Woo not only handles the film’s exciting and energetic action scenes with determination and a masterful precision but he also manages the moral and emotional sides of the story very well, actually what enables the film to be so powerful and so entertaining is that Woo somehow finds a way of developing his two main characters with much delicacy and turns them into believable human beings, he uses the moral challenges which…
Although it's plot contains seemingly a far-fetched idea even in this 21st century. But where "Face/Off" manages to succeed is in it's ability to draw out it's strokes of realism from the numero uno performances of the lead and supporting cast. Add to that some really high-voltage action with some zipzap editing, and you got a winning thriller.
John Woo does as good as job as he could to bring what he did so well back in Hong Kong, just with two giant Italian hams. I think Travolta really outdoes himself in the scenery chewing department again after Broken Arrow, but not enough to entirely derail things in the final act. To their credit, they do an excellent job with the material. A couple Fargo alumni in here! Blu ray truly highlights just how ill-costumed the stuntmen were doing Nic and John's stuff (but fuck it, still impressive, stuntdudes!)
A good story, good action sequences, fast paced and two very entertaining, over the top performances from Nick Cage and John Travolta, make this one of the most entertaining films I have ever seen.
(Original review outdated, re-evaluation required at later date)
To foil an extortion plot, an FBI agent undergoes a face-transplant surgery and assumes the identity of a ruthless terrorist. But the plan backfires when the criminal impersonates the cop with the same method.
I liked this movie a lot but the plot is not credible enough......John Woo made some good movies but in all his movies you have to have a lot of imagination!
Ok, when you read the cover at a cinema theatre , you know what to expect, but still ......too much is too much!
The ending is ridiculous.
Sicherlich der Beste Film aus JOHN WOO's Hollywood-Phase. Die Story ist zwar haarsträubend absurd aber trotzdem irgendwie originell und die Action ist sensationell stylish inszeniert. TRAVOLTA und CAGE liefern beide Performance-Meilensteine ihrer Karriere.
In HD erkennt man heutzutage leider, vorallem am Ende, sehr deutlich das es sich bei den Actionszenen um Stuntleute handelt. Dafür kann der Film aber ansich nix.
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