Every film that has ever been nominated for an Academy Award in any category. Enjoy!
Only one will survive.
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…
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…
The premise of this film is just insane, but you know that if it's done right, it will work. That's basically what happens in Woo's Face/Off - the apparently absurd premise is put to good use and, as time goes by, it becomes part of you and it stops sounding so ridiculous because you see that it actually has a lot of potential.
The first obvious reason why this works so well is the cast. Both Travolta and Nic Cage present themselves in top form because they actually capture the ridiculous tone of the film and they "play" with its crazy concept wonderfully because they try their best to play the roles of each other and the payoff is wonderful.…
So fun and dumb in all the right ways. Cage and Travolta give committed performances. Great action scenes. Ridiculous dialogue. One of the best times I've had watching a movie in a while.
"Face/Off" is some of the cheesiest, corniest fun that one can ever have with a director like John Woo. While it might be the best of his American features, it doesn't shine a light when compared to classics like "Hard Boiled" or "The Killer".
Having not seen this film for a long time, I was surprised initially at how absurd and cartoon-like this film felt, then I remembered, it's a John Woo film and it all makes sense.
A totally classic mid 90s action spectacular, and I would say easily Woo's best effort in America. While in later films such as Mission Impossible: 2, Woo's style was overplayed and shitty, here it is fresh and ridiculous combined with scenery chewing performances from Cage and Travolta, both relishing their roles with gusto. Overall recommended.
So over the top
I have nothing but pure love for this movie. Woo's only American film where he gets to channel both his inner Peckinpah and Sirk
Kevin says it best "you gotta feel for the congressman who has to hide the face swapping program in the middle of some boring transportation funding bill." Just the most ridiculous action movie ever. In the battle of the actor, Nicolas Cage wins. Sure John Travolta's more fun than a barrel of sliced off faces, but this is Cage's movie and he brings Travolta up to his level.
I had forgotten just how frustrating this movie was. Of course I mean that in the best possible way. It's that perfect combination of awesome and terrible and it never pretends to be anything else. I intend to quote it for the remainder of the year.
It's worth it to watch this movie just to see Cage's delivery of the titular line: "I wanna take his face........... off"
This movie is both funny and on occasion pretty badass.
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