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Face/Off (1997)
Front Cover Actor
John Travolta
Nicolas Cage
Joan Allen
Alessandro Nivola
Gina Gershon
Dominique Swain
Nick Cassavetes
Harve Presnell
Colm Feore
John Carroll Lynch
CCH Pounder
Robert Wisdom
Margaret Cho
James Denton
Matt Ross
Chris Bauer
Myles Jeffrey
David McCurley
Thomas Jane
Tommy Flanagan
Movie Details
Director John Woo
Language English
Audience Rating Suitable for 18 years and over
Running Time 133 mins
Country USA
Color Color
At his best, director John Woo turns action movies into ballets of blood and bullets grounded in character drama. Face/Off marks Woo's first American film to reach the pitched level of his best Hong Kong work (Hard-Boiled). He takes a patently absurd premise--hero and villain exchange identities by literally swapping faces in science-fiction plastic surgery--and creates a double-barrelled revenge film driven by the split psyches of its newly redefined characters. FBI agent Sean Archer (John Travolta) must play the villain to move through the underworld while psychotic terrorist Castor Troy (Nicolas Cage) becomes a perversely paternal family man, while using every tool at his disposal to destroy his nemesis. Travolta vamps Cage's tics and flamboyant excess with the grace of a dancer after his transformation from cop to criminal, while Cage plays the sullen, bottled-up agent excruciatingly trapped behind the face of the man who killed his son. His attempts to live up to the terrorist's reputation become cathartic explosions of violence that both thrill and terrify him. This is merely icing on the cake for action fans, the dramatic backbone for some of the most visceral action thrills ever. Woo fills the screen with one show-stopping set-piece after another, bringing a poetic grace to the action freakout with sweeping camerawork and sophisticated editing. This marriage of melodrama and mayhem ups the ante from cops-and-robbers clichés to a conflict of near-mythic levels. --Sean Axmaker
Personal Details
Seen It Yes
Index 207
Collection Status In Collection
Links Amazon UK
Product Details
Format DVD
Region 2
Screen Ratio 2.35:1
UPC (Barcode) 5017188883160
Release Date 11.06.2001
Subtitles English
Audio Tracks English Dolby Digital 5.1
Nr of Disks/Tapes 1