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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.
Even if we do find what's over the rainbow, I doubt it's better than this.
"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.
"It's like looking in a mirror, only...not." -Travolta
Menudo juego de espejos se monta John Woo, con el bien y el mal intercambiando caretas y cicatrices. Al final solo queden vidrios rotos y gotas de sangre por el suelo. Travolta y Cage bordan sus respectivos reflejos.
PD: Me atrevería a decir que para hacer el cartel de la película ya se habían cambiado las caras.
The acting from the two leads is not too good and Cage is just silly at times - Joan Allen lends a bit of acting talent. The shoot outs between Cage and Travolta go on forever - they couldn't hit a barn door.
This movie is ridiculous, but that works so well for it, also the casting of two nutty actors (cage and travolta) is quite possibly why I enjoyed this so much. This premise is probably unbelievable, but anything that gets us Cage acting like Travolta pretending to be cage, and vice versa is somehow a genius and deserves a raise. Anyway don't go in expecting much, just enjoy the absurdity.
Face/ Off is the ideal 90s action film. It's very entertaining, very action packed, and of course, very 90s.
John Travolta and Nicholas Cage are incredible in this film. I love both of these actors, and they did not shy away from the spotlight. Although there were moments we're Nicholas Cage severely overacts, it didn't bother me, I was still interested, and it didn't take me away from the story.
Castor Troy (Nicholas Cage) and Sean Archer (JohnTravolta) are polar opposites, and when they switch faces, the film basically starts playing mind tricks, because everything that was set up in the exposition has now flip flopped.
Overall, Face/ Off, is a great action film and thriller, as well as one of the best 90s-like films.
Underneath all the ridiculousness, Face/Off is a very serious examination of the human psyche. If looking either good or evil will turn you good or evil. If people trust facts presented to them less than looks. Who am I kidding? This is aware and ridiculous shlock all the way through!
The screenplay, if we're being honest, isn't that great, but Woo, Travolta, and Cage triple-handedly outshine the writers in every single aspect.
The thing that really impressed me here are the performances. Travolta and Cage impersonating each other is surprisingly nuanced, they play each other subtley and it never feels unintentionally funny (just fully intentional).
Woo's overly stylistic direction is absolutely incredible, and to paraphrase Richie Schumann, it's proof that memes existed in 1997.
Seriously, if you're looking to turn off your mind, relax, and float downstream, look no further than Face/Off if you haven't yet.
John Woo - the nonsense years.
Probably my favourite John Woo film that he never made in Hong Kong. John Travolta (particularly at this stage of his career) and Nicolas Cage are dynamite as mirror opposites--and both the story and special effects were exceptional for its era. Both actors had recently proved they were more than capable at the box office as action heroes, and it's definitely 'Exhibit A' of evidence one can faithfully provide when someone asks if Woo ever made anything decent after he moved to Hollywood.
This would make an excellent triple-bill about 'identity' if paired with 'The Face of Another' and 'Eyes Without a Face'.
This movie is proof that memes existed in 1997
You know the drill.
P.S.: Jackie Chan movies with Shu Qi or Ziyi Zhang in the role.
Help me out with this one guys.
"It's Mission Impossible!" is the true peak of cinéma.