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 speedboat & starts barefoot skiing
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.
i made my entire family watch this
i made my entire family watch this
The "One True God" Nick Cage and closeted gay Scientologist John Travolta are put next to each other in an orgy of violence and explosions, and told to out-crazy one another during each of their turns as the suave maniac terrorist, in a bid to stop a bomb from going off and destroying a square mile of Los Angeles.
It's quintessential John Woo. Everything explodes, dual wielded guns are everywhere, quips are thrown around like hand grenades, and doves are fucking everywhere.
It's the perfect formula for one of the most exciting and ridiculous action movies ever made.
Nicolas Cage playing John Travolta playing Nicolas Cage.
John Travolta playing Nicolas Cage playing John Travolta.
Please do not take this movie seriously. It is not meant to be taken seriously. There is a depth to it, but it is courtesy, and the point that you should take away is that Nicolas Cage is acting as John Travolta acting as Nicolas Cage (and John Travolta etc.).
This is a Friday night movie. Grab popcorn and friends and a sofa and laugh at this stupid, genius flick.
For a movie with as ridiculous a premise of swapping faces, I would not have picked any other actors than Travolta and Cage. Both behave as over-the-top as one would expect, but in this case one desires nothing more. The action sequences look great especially with the use of practical effects. At times the story takes too serious a turn compare to the tone of the rest of the movie. Perhaps a cut of these scenes would better maintain consistency and flow.
Between the FANTASTIC performances from Travolta & Cage, awesome action and a unique original story, this has become one of my favorite action films.
I stumbled across this on TV on Friday night after a couple of beers, and briefly thought that this might be the PERFECT film to accidentally run into while slightly drunk. But then I remembered that it's well over two hours long, and on a channel with advert breaks that renders it essentially ENDLESS.
That's pretty much the only flaw this film has*, though, so I watched the rest of it again yesterday.
* apart from that infuriating "face stroke" gesture which is just the most awful thing
Straight-up ridiculous and super fun.
John Woo has really not aged well, but Nicolas Cage making goofy faces is timeless.
A face-off can be defined as a direct confrontation between two people. Or in the case of the 1997 action film Face/Off its definite meaning is hinted to in its poster in which there is a face made up of half of its two protagonists. Face/Off goes down the road of actually taking the faces off of both protagonists and swapping them with each other’s which ensues into a cataclysmic turn of events that will leave you on the edge of your seat constantly interpreting every moment and actions the protagonists are involved in. It is a ridiculous premise, but that ridiculousness allows the film to unleash a hell-ridden madness upon the character Sean Archer’s life. The unique role reversal…
The 90's was a golden age of action sci-fi, full of practical FX and insane ideas!