Face/Off Movie Information

Movie Information

Overall Rank: 2819

Average Rating: 2.7/4

# of Ratings: 361

Theatrical Release Date: 06/27/1997

Language: English

Genre: Action, Crime

MPAA Rating: R

Director: John Woo

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

Plot: 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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Rating of
3.5/4

Logan D. McCoy - wrote on 07/16/2019

The premise is as wildly outrageous as the action scenes, which should be expected of director John Woo.

Rating of
3/4

Matthew Brady - wrote on 01/30/2014

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.

Rating of
3/4

mitchellyoung - wrote on 02/08/2012

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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MovieAddict
MovieAddict
Producer

Rating of
3/4

An edge of your seat thriller!

MovieAddict - wrote on 03/25/2012

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, …

Yojimbo
Yojimbo
Movie God

Rating of
2/4

"Face/Off" by Yojimbo

Yojimbo - wrote on 01/27/2012

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 …

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