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Nicolas Cage and John Travolta “face off” (both literally and figuratively) in one of the most brilliantly absurd and thrillingly over-the-top action extravaganzas ever made.
“Possibly the greatest, and definitely the most exuberant, action film to come out of the studio system in the ’90s.” – Chris Barsanti, Filmcritic.com
Obsessed with bringing criminal genius and notoriously slow peach-eater Castor Troy (Cage) to justice, FBI agent Sean Archer (Travolta) has let his marriage fall to ruin thanks to his single-minded pursuit of this maniacal terrorist who killed his son years earlier. Things start looking up for Archer when Troy is captured in a bloody shootout. However, since he IS a bona fide psychopath, it turns out that Troy has planted a time bomb containing a biological payload that could destroy the entire city of Los Angeles – and the now-comatose Troy isn’t able to reveal the bomb’s whereabouts. In order to allow Archer to go undercover, posing as Troy, so that he can find the bomb and save L.A., the FBI hatches a ludicrous but highly entertaining plan: they perform experimental surgery which allows them to temporarily graft Troy’s face onto Archer’s head. But after Archer has taken Troy’s face, Troy awakens from his coma and forces the doctors to give him Archer’s temporarily unused face, leading to an overload of insane identity-swap issues as the two men pursue each other throughout the city, wearing each other’s faces and causing massive destruction all along the way. Directed for maximum outrageousness by legendary Hong Kong action master John Woo (here making his third American film), Face/Off is a hugely enjoyable and seriously cracked thriller filled with pleasures aplenty, not the least of which is the insane spectacle of watching Nicolas Cage and John Travolta adopt each other’s highly-distinctive acting mannerisms as they attempt to destroy one another in the most grandiose manner possible. “I want to take his face … off. Eyes, nose, skin, teeth. It’s coming off.” (Dir. by John Woo, 1997, USA, 138 mins., Rated R)