Every film that has ever been nominated for an Academy Award in any category. Enjoy!
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.
Had some very intriguing and intelligent bright spots but time has really worn this movie. Travolta and Cage may of been good casting in the 90s but of late they are hard to take seriously. 3.25 stars to be more precise
Those unfamiliar with Hong Kong cinema might look at this film, with its insane plot, over-the-top action, and hammy acting and see a turkey. I see that Woo has transplanted his country's native style along with his own sensibilities to the US, forging an expertly made Hong Kong action movie with the resources and scale of a Hollywood mega-picture. Cage and Travolta are fantastic, fully committing to Woo's gonzo vision and riffing off each other with gusto. And the cinematography, stunts, effects - all are stellar, ridiculous and incredibly fun to watch. Nothing here should work, but it does, like a well-oiled machine gun.
I expected absolutely nothing from this and wound up watching a masterpiece. Now, if you'll excuse me, I need to go watch EVERYTHING THAT JOHN WOO HAS EVER MADE.
The ultimate guilty pleasure...
Can't believe I had never seen this.
I'd be lying if I said I didn't have a lot of fun with this one. It's absolutely ludicrous on sooo many levels. That being said, it was a bit of a slog at over two hours, and the hammy over-acting wore thin on me as it dragged on. It might click better with me on a re-watch. Somehow missed this one in the late-90's. Leaving Netflix Aug 1st.
This movie is nuts in all the best ways.
Why are there people jumping through the air firing guns with both hands? Why is an elaborate face transplant operation the only way to find out where a criminal mastermind has hidden a bomb? How does a face transplant give you the hair, eyes and body type of that person? Who left the most dangerous criminal in the world unguarded while he was in a coma? Why did the face surgeon agree to transform this criminal into a respected FBI agent well knowing what it would mean and that they were going to kill him anyway? How did this criminal manage to swiftly find and kill everyone involved in the undercover mission so nobody knew what had happened? Why are…
Finally got around to watching "Face/Off"... what an amazing piece of Cinema. Like, too good to be true.
How were no doves killed? Lunatic portrayals of Cage as Castor and Travola as Cage as Castor. Great action. Stupidity abound.
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