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Face/Off (1997)


6/10: Extremely unrealistic, but a lot of fun at times
Tuesday, January 7, 2020

Face/Off" is an American (mostly) English-language live action film from 1997, so this one is already over 20 years old, getting closer to 25 in fact, and it is a pretty long movie at almost 2 hours and 20 minutes. The director is John Woo and, fittingly with Asian filmmakers also making big waves these days, here we have a really successful and prolific Chinese director who made many films in his own country, but this one here is maybe his most known Hollywood movie. It is also a definite contender for most known for writers Werb and Colleary. As for the cast: You see the two big players already on the poster here on imdb. Reading this is about a cop and a terrorist, I initially thought Travolta would be the bad guy, but nope it is the other way around. Or is it really? Actually I was right if we consider the face change for the...

6/10: Not as good as I remember back in the day
Monday, December 22, 2008

Face/Off starts in Los Angeles where international terrorist & all round bad guy Castor Troy (Nicolas Cage) has just planted a huge bomb at an exhibition center that will has the potential to kill thousands, however special ops agent Sean Archer (John Travolta) & his team have been tracking Troy for years & after a lead comes good they discover that Troy is about to take off in a private jet. Archer & his team get there in time & stop Troy from leaving Los Angeles but Troy is badly injured in a shoot-out & ends up in a coma. On a computer disk found on Troy there are plans for the bomb & Archer know's that Troy has planted it somewhere. The only other person who would know where the bomb is happens to be Troy's brother Pollux (Alessandro Nivola) but he obviously won't talk to Archer or the authorities so in an elaborate plan to fool Pollux into revealing the...

10/10: Face/Off" - Identity crisis
Tuesday, September 11, 2007

A movie about a hockey match, this isn't.1997's "Face/Off," the third (and to this date, most successful) American feature from Hong Kong action director John Woo, is everything a fan of Woo's Asian work could possibly hope for. It's a loud, fast-paced, and spectacularly violent epic helmed by a master craftsman. And even with this ambitious third American feature, it is vastly on par with the director's Hong Kong work and is very easily one of the best films of his career.Woo made a name for himself back in Asia as the director of hyper-stylized, hard-hitting pot-boiler action films like "The Killer" (1989) and "Hard Boiled" (1992), where he made an art form of dual-pistol-wielding gun-play and action shoot-'em-up. You want action? John Woo is your man to go to. He made his first American feature with Jean-Claude Van Damme in "Hard...

10/10: Face/Off Is Must-See
Thursday, October 11, 2012

Face/Off is an action thriller film directed by John Woo.It features Nicolas Cage and John Travolta together with Joan Allen,Alessandro Nivola,Gina Gershon,Dominique Swain,Nick Cassavetes,Harve Presnell,Colm Feore and C. C. H. Pounder. The two both play an FBI agent and a terrorist, sworn enemies who assume the physical appearance of one another.It exemplifies Woo's signature gun fu and heroic bloodshed action sequences, and has Travolta and Cage each playing two personalities. Sean Archer, an FBI agent obsessed with capturing Castor Troy, a criminal genius who years before killed Archer's son while trying to assassinate the agent. Archer's single-minded pursuit of Troy has caused serious harm to his marriage, but Archer thinks the light may have appeared at the end of the tunnel when a seriously wounded Troy is captured in a bloody shootout. However, it turns out that Troy has planted a time bomb, with a biological payload...

8/10: Face/Off
Tuesday, November 8, 2005

The title of the film refers to two things, the battle between the villain and the hero, and literally faces coming off, from director John Woo (Broken Arrow, Mission: Impossible II). Basically Sean Archer (John Travolta) lost his little boy when he was killed (accidently) by the evil Castor Troy (Nicolas Cage). Five years on, Sean manages to catch Troy, and he is put in a coma, but he did not stop a bomb set before. To find the bomb, he has to question Troy's brother Pollux (Jurassic Park III's Alessandro Nivola) in prison, and the only way he can do this is to become him, with the latest surgery they can transplant Castor's face and connect it to his. Sean as Castor now in prison manages to fool the brother into telling the location of the bomb, but he wasn't counting on the real Castor waking up from his coma (because of the pain) and...

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