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.
"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.
Quite the double feature to go with Eyes Without a Face.
We’ve got Cage acting as Cage, Travolta acting as Travolta. We've got Cage acting as Travolta and Travolta acting as Cage. So essentially that is two actors portraying each of their character and also each other’s. Ain’t that cool? We’ve got helicopters ripping apart Airbuses, Airbuses crashing into hangars, the electrifying rain of sparks and the massively stupid plan(yeah let logic get fucked. Don’t even bother about the story. It has got holes as big as a passage for Planet Jupiter). We’ve got Magnetic boots and a magnetic field prison where riots are enjoyed like in Fight Club. We’ve got Cage wanting to burn his face. We’ve got Travolta…
I'm not sure what this says about the state of movies these days, but I laughed more during Face/Off than I have in any comedy in the last two years. This laughter is in no way a slight against this classic face switching film. Sure there are times when I am laughing at the movie, the obvious stunt wires and stunt doubles really get me, but most of the time I am laughing with the film.
Just the fact that this movie exists, makes being alive pretty much wonderful. I want to go to the rooftops and shout, FACE/OFF IS A REAL MOVIE, HAVE A WONDERFUL DAY. In a discussion with a friend about the upcoming summer of movies, he…
Face/Off is bonkers, over-the-top, and utterly silly, but it works, because despite all the craziness, the direction is never anything but restrained. The film is directed with complete control, and it is because of this that Nicholas Cage and John Travolta can just let go for it the way they do. Exciting, inventive and tons of fun, this is the action film at it's most entertaining.
It's gone quite a few years since it was released, but it still holds up. Of course, it's too long.
Hong Kong director making a movie on a Hollywood budget? I must be dreaming!
Everything is cranked up to 11. How can a movie go wrong when a character uses the word "jagoff" as an insult?
I remember being excited to see what John Woo would do with an American cast and a big-budget. I was a big fan of Hard Boiled and some of his other Hong Kong fare, although, his first American film left a lot to be desired. Going to see Face/Off in theaters in 1997, I was a fan. I enjoyed the nods to his older films (doves, dual-wielding guns, and so on) and I liked the twisty story of face switching. I later revisited the film on DVD in the very late nineties and I still liked it. However, upon revisiting the film now, it does not hold up. It is over directed and clumsy. It is all style and no substance. Other than watching the main actors play each other there isn’t much here, not even a single memorable action set piece.
Nobody put the bomb in bombastic more than John Woo during his journey stateside in the second half of the 1990s and early 2000s. From the explosive Broken Arrow to the confounding World War Two epic Windtalkers, Woo proved time and time again to be more concerned with excess than access.
Face Off is no exception. However, with a decent - albeit absurd script - Woo takes his flare for destruction and teams it with two of the more eccentric actors to ever grace the silver screen. The final product is a gaudy display of hemoglobin and hammy dialogue and to be quite frank, one hell of a fun watch.
Opinions on this film seem to be all over the place so I really didn't know what to expect. Well, I really like the film. The plot involves an agent and a terrorist swapping faces for reasons I won't get into and trying to get back at each other. It's a ridiculous premise, but I actually think it's pretty creative and the movie pulls it off very well. It's a lot of fun to watch these characters turn things around on each other and it's even more fun to watch John Travolta and Nic Cage chew scenery. The action here is also pretty awesome, with the exception of a clumsy Mexican stand off. I also like how the film isn't…
I think I was laughing more than I should have, but I really enjoyed this movie.
It's worse than I remembered.
IN A WORLD where time keeps slowing down, everything is a mirror and our churches are infested by doves, John Travolta and Nicolas Cage are two men who are so obsessed with each other that they decide to swap faces.
A good example of how to make an entertaining film out of the stupidest premise of all time! Well done, everyone.
Add on: Editing: 2/5
Let's speak on the subject of slow-motion.
Guy Ritchie's Sherlock Holmes films are one of the most well known for this trait. It uses it enormously admirably. Unlike many of the modern day action films (and the films since the 80's), it actually had a genuine use. When the film was slowed down, it emphasized hits, their effect, and made room for fantastic voice overs with great dialogue. 'Game of Shadows' used it to emphasize bombs, trees splitting apart at the hit of immensely strong cannon fire, and things like that. Useful.
Now on the subject of the slow-motion in this film. The slow-motion in…