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.
"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.
"Please tell me what planet I'm on!"
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…
After suffering through the drudgery that was CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER, I needed something to lift my spirits. This did the trick.
The closest Woo got to display his skills on the hollywood system. Even the plot is over the top in the right way. The boatch chase is probably the best action sequence of a hollywood movie in the lst 20 years.
Nicolas Cage does an impression of himself doing an impression of John Travolta whilst Travolta does an impression of himself doing Cage. It's insane, ludicrous and the highlight of John Woo's mostly depressing Hollywood period. Only Cage could start a movie being the cackling super-villain and end it as the tortured hero. One of the great American action movies. The genre needs its R-rating back as this, Con Air and The Rock prove.
(Nicolas Cage is in 3 of the greatest action movies ever. Huh?)
stupidly long, very silly and doesn't make one bit of sense but with great action, enjoyably corny acting by two of the best overactors ( overactor john travolta overacting like overactor nicolas cage may be one of the most hilariously brilliant things ever) in the business and a premise that is just perfect for this sort of 90's cheese. Face/Off is a truly remarkable mess that is more than watchable thanks to the director and the two leads who's commitment to the absurdity makes this far more entertaining than it should be.
My thoughts in Face/Off:
"This is ridiculous. How can I take this seriously? This makes no se--HOLY FUCK DID HE JUST CRASH A BOAT THROUGH ANOTHER BOAT IN A BLAZE OF FIRE AND SPARKS!?"
I saw this as a cynical, shitty teenager, and hated it. Even before revisiting it, I was deeply ashamed of this fact because I knew in my heart I was wrong. I am proud of how much I have matured in the last 17 years as a viewer of cinema, and that I can now recognize Face/Off as one of the greatest films of all time.
the most emotionally involving action movie ever?
Over time this film is definitely getting worse, yet at the same time, Cage and Travolta's performances are inexplicably getting better.
Nick Cage playing John Travolta playing Nick Cave! Nick Cage at his most Nick Cagey. What's not to like?
- The Racket
- 7th Heaven
- Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans
- Chang: A Drama of the Wilderness
- Fast Times at Ridgemont High
- Batman Returns
- Howard the Duck
- Morning Glory
Everybody has either a film star or character that they had a crush on during their formative years. So which…
- Apocalypse Now
- Fight Club
- The Lord of the Rings: The Return of…
- The Big Lebowski
As of 8th April 2014.