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.
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…
Wherein I learned that movie riffing is best left to Mystery Science Theater 3000 alums.
I love when Castor as Archer gives his "daughter" a switchblade and then reclines in his chair, like "I am killing this parenting stuff."
Far dumber than I remember, but Nic Cage is at his insane best. A lot of gunfire whilst jumping.
film rating: 3,5
Cage rating: 4,5
I'm sorry, Michael Bay. This is the over the top action movie you have always been trying to make. Nic Cage at his Cagiest, and the at his Travoltaiest, then at his Travoltaiest being his Cagiest. Meanwhile John Travolta is at his Travoltaiest then at his Cagiest acting his Travoltaiest. And then John Woo just flies over the top with his gun ballets and explosions.
The glory of this movie is in just how crazy and over the top it is. It's an original and absurd concept that gets taken to its max. It's every movie and then some, from domestic drama to outrageous action movie.
This movie is so beautiful, I can't even stand it.
There will be doves.
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
John Travolta: Hey, wife, I adopted a ten year old kid without telling you!
Wife: OK! *kisses him*
Face / Off has the Nicolas Cage power of 1,000 Nicolas Cages. It is one of the most Nicolas Cage movies of all Nicolas Cage movies. Nicolas Cage does what Nicolas Cage does best- Nicolas Cage. This movie is full of Nicolas Cage being Nicolas Cage. Incidentally, Face / Off is the greatest movie ever made. By far.
"If you dress like Halloween, ghouls will try to get in your pants."
Hadn't seen this movie in a while and boy does it hold up! It's completely ridiculous but wildly entertaining. I love it!
John Woo, please return to doing bonkers action movies like your 80s/early 90s output.
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