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…
nic cage gets punched off of a speed boat and starts barefoot skiing.
this is literally the nic cage of movies.
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 concept is almost as silly as "Sharknado", but the film goes so far an hits such entertaining high notes that the silliness is fully forgivable. It's possibly my favorite Cage performance, and it's Travolta's best work bar Pulp Fiction as well.
1. Es increíble el grado con que esta cinta anticiparía el futuro de sobreactuaciones de sus dos actores principales. Es decir, todas las películas que Nic Cage viene haciendo en los últimos 10 años están en Face/Off. Lo mismo con Travolta y la decadencia de su carrera profesional (y qué hablar de ese momento tan perverso y pedófilo, aunque probablemente no tan intencional, como cuando encuentra a su hija en ropa interior).
2. En la misma línea, es increíble que la película como tal funcione tan bien como lo hace. Creo que esto es gracias al compromiso de los actores a una trama tan loca y tarada. No les importa nada, vamos adelante, parecen decir. Por supuesto, también es responsable…
"If I were to send you flowers where would I... no, let me rephrase that. If I were to let you suck my tongue, would you be grateful?"
This is a pretty exhilarating action movie, and an excellent showcase for Travolta and Cage to have a ball with some acting-acting. Face/Off may even be the Rosetta Stone for Cage’s entire career, distilling his madness into intoxicating method. In a pleasanter world, he’d boast an Oscar nomination for his work here. Travolta (when he’s playing Cage’s character) telegraphs the villainy in a more explicitly imitative way, but he’s still good.
Of course, such a brazenly ridiculous plot demands the audience to just go with it, and I basically could. Not every action movie references both Eyes Without a Face and The Lady from Shanghai. The persona-swapping and use of mirrors in one scene had me imagining an action movie…
The #1 action movie of the 90's. My only gripes are that no effort was made to hide stunt men faces. Its so obvious when its a wide shot, you can clearly see the stunt men, who look nothing like actors, performing the action. The wires attached to the stunt men are also clearly visible.
I watched this movie a bunch of times as a kid, and seeing it now, I realize why I liked it then, and why I doubt I'll ever revisit it again now. As a quick note, the ten year age difference between Nic Cage and John Travolta is not really noticeable, which either says a lot for Travolta or is a little rough for Cage.
What in the hell did I just watch.
Face/Off is the most absurd movie I've seen in a long time. Now, "absurd" can mean different things in different contexts. It can have a variety of connotations. I've probably used it in other movie reviews to mean other things.
Here I mean "absurd" as in "no rule was too common sense for them to ignore." Such as, switching the faces of two men would make a wife think the man with her husband's face was her husband. Such as, the lead FBI agent on a case is the one who lost a family member to the perpetrator they're trying to catch--that's not a conflict of interest at all. Such as, OH…
John Woo + Nick Cage 5 stars
I've always been interested in what other people are seeing and watching, and naturally, I love looking at Weekend Box…
If you owned your very own movie theater and got to program the films it exhibited as you desired, what…