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Face/Off (1997) Movie Information

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2187

Avg. Rating:

2.69/4

# of Ratings:

341

Genres:

Action, Crime

Rating:

R

Language:

English

Theater Date:

06/27/1997

Director:

John Woo

Actors:

John Travolta
Nicolas Cage
Joan Allen
Alessandro Nivola
Gina Gershon
Dominique Swain

 

 

 

 

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Plot Outline:

A new surgical technique allows an under cover agent to take the appearance and voice of a crime boss allowing him to infiltrate the organization.

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Matthew Brady 01/30/2014 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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3/4 

The story is about a new surgical technique allows an under cover agent to take the appearance and voice of a crime boss allowing him to infiltrate the organization. This movie was a 90's pop corn movie with over the top John Travolta and crazy Nicolas Cage.

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mitchellyoung 02/08/2012 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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3/4 

There's a lot of ridiculous action in here, including the gunfight conclusion, but most of it is delivered in fun and exciting form. Cage & Travolta's commitment to their energetic performances also elevates a lot of the scenes. It doesn't really hold the emotional weight maybe director Woo intended, but it is a fun, sometimes silly, action film.

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SIngli6 12/16/2011 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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3.5/4 

This iconic ballistic ballet from John Woo is so unrepentantly absurd and far-fetched that any effort to view it as serious art would be completely counter-productive. It is mindless and irreparably stupid, but itís also exceptionally entertaining and remarkably magnanimous in its dispensation of stupendous action sequences.

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Snoogans 10/15/2011 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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2/4 

Average action film made better by the gloriously over-the-top performances of Cage and Travolta. There's some minor cool gunfights, but the bulk of the film is mostly silly. Thankfully, it plays off of the silliness, which makes it easier to look past the terrible writing. It's just dumb fun.

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03/25/2012 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

An edge of your seat thriller!

What happens, if two people change their identities and nobody who knew about it is still alive?

John Travolta plays FBI agent Sean Archer, whose son was killed six years previously by Castor Troy, played by Nicolas Cage. Since then Archer has been desperate to capture Troy and one day he succeeds in capturing Castor and his brother Pollux. Castor is in an apparently permanent coma and Pollux is sent to a maximum-security prison. Things take a turn for the worst when Sean discovers that Troy has planted a bomb somewhere in downtown LA, to go off any time soon.

So, through the wonders of medical science, Archer swaps faces with Troy, to infiltrate the prison and get the location of the bomb off Troy's weedy brother. But problems begin when the real Castor Troy wakes up, sans mug, a...

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01/27/2012 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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An obsessive FBI agent goes undercover by switching identities with a comatose psychotic terrorist but when he reawakens and kills everyone who knows about it they find themselves leading each others lives. The idea of Face/Off had a lot of potential but instead of exploring the psychology involved, Woo decided to just have his slo-mo stars flip-flopping around with guns blazing while blowing the scenery up, and that's about it. In fact Face/Off can be seen as the prototype to the modern action film; but I don't mean that in a good way. It plays out EXACTLY like a Michael Bay film, with associated over the top but unexciting and generic action sequences, absurdly overblown and contrived melodrama and laughable sentimentality. As the film goes on the directorial gimmickry gets more and mor...

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2/4 

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