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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.…
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.
First written 2011
My review -- this film is now on DVD, well what can I say? This film is in my top 10 list of films, you have to see before you die! The budget was $80 million, box office figures are $245,676,146 an excellent return if you ask me. The beginning begins very quickly even before the ending of the opening credits, the tone is set incredibly quickly, which just increases the overwhelming passion of this film. The storyline itself is easy to follow but however it is a multilayer storyline which means basically one main storyline followed by two supplemental storylines. Because the storylines are easy to follow that is not a minus in this film critics…
Solid characters and good buildup and tension. Effects were decent. I like a happy ending every now and then. Tight script.
A bit too Blockbustery for my taste. Scifi elements were a bit tacky. Doves.
This film is a truly inspiring work of art. Holy god. I don't even know what to say.
John Travolta acting like Nicolas Cage and Nicolas Cage acting like John Travolta is fucking awesome. The premise might be silly but John Woo, John Travolta and Nicolas Cage pulled it off. They also, like in Hard Target added Doves for no particular reason! Doves make action movies so much better. This one is just fun. Balls to the walls fun. A prison with magnet shoes? Awesome! The speedboat scene? Great! The humor? funny! Only action movies can have a bad plot but still be awesome and this one is one of those. If you read about the plot you'll be like WTF? But then you watch John Woo do his action movie magic and KABOOM, you fall in love with it. Combine that with a great Travolta/Cage performance and you have great entertainment.
"See anything you like?!" Face off is a great magnificent action movie despite all of it's flaws. I don't like the cheesy dialogue, but as a movie itself is pretty cool. It's well written (75%), and it's far from boring. Bullets blaze, boats explode, there is a 8 person standoff; the movie is fun to watch anytime if you want cliche/action awesomness. But as a movie all together, I give it 3 1/2 stars for the content, and the other unwanted portion is because of the semi-cheesy acting, the certain attitudes of the characters (except Cage sometimes), and the non-realistic feel of how people really act in certain situations, But it is a fun-thrill ride for us action movie lovers.
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