Face/Off (1997) – Encore Review


“Isn’t this religious, ah yes. The eternal battle between good and evil, saint and sinners… but you’re still not having any FUN! ” – Castor Troy

Number of Times Seen – 3 (Theater in 1997, 2 Dec 2014 and 6 Feb 2020)

Link to original reviewHere

Brief Synopsis – Using sophisticated technology, an FBI agent takes on the identity of a terrorist in order to infiltrate his organization and stop a bomb before it is detonated.

My Take on it – This is such a fun action film that works quite well.

The premise is extremely unique and they find ways to keep it plausible throughout.

The casting of both Nicholas Cage and John Travolta in the two lead roles were great choices because this kind of story gives them both so much room to show their acting ranges since they each get to play both a good and a bad guy.

In addition, they both get to poke fun at the mannerisms and quirks of the other actor along the way.

The science of the story is explained briefly yet realistically and despite a few flaws in the the way things work into the plot, t comes across quite well.

The story is played out really well and they manage to take the viewer on a roller coaster ride that is both physically and emotionally exhausting because of the ramifications of everything going on.

John Woo is a really talented director and is able to work wonders with this story especially due to the use of his unique style of action which enhances the story even more.

Bottom Line – Great premise that works really well. Both Cage ad Travolta are superb here because they each get to show their range with these characters since they both get to play both the good and the bad guy. The science of things are stated quite simply which helps make things feel even more realistic along the way. Love the way that the story takes us on a roller coaster ride that is both emotionally and physically exhausting the whole way through. Woo does an exquisite job directing this film and the action scenes are especially fun to watch unfold due to his unique style. Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Nicolas Cage and John Travolta spent two weeks together before filming to learn how to play each other. They decided on specific gestures and vocal cadences for each character that could be mimicked. (From IMDB)

Rating – Globe Worthy (8/10) (no change from original review)

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