Face/Off

Face/Off: is what happens when John Woo makes a film about a cop and a baddie swapping bodies. The rule is that any film that opens up with a double-assassinaton attempt, fake moustaches and a kid getting shot is going to be great. The first 40 minutes are filled with ridiculous over-acting and pseudo-science; a fully working face swap, really?!? Neither actor can pull off the madness of Caster Troy convincingly and when he wasn’t making ridiculous noises and faces, Cage was trying his damndest to un-act.  Then there’s the action, and Face/Off is crammed with huge slabs of over-the-top action, culminating in the apartment shootout carnage with ‘Somewhere Over the Rainbow’ pumping through the speakers; one of the most epic and intense action scenes I can remember. Because both guys’ families are in danger it makes the story more gripping. There’s a lot of face touching, religious symbolism and bad parenting throughout (what ever happened to the hot goth Dominique Swain?). Despite the cheese and clichés this is my top action film of the 90′s, perhaps ever. If you’ve not seen this yet, where have you been hiding?

Score: 7/10

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5 comments
  1. you have ‘reddest blood ever’ as a Tag. that is impressive
    crap film though.
    good shout on Dominque Swain

  2. Mangold said:

    Huge guilty pleasure for me. I especially love all the scenes with doves.

  3. Was this your first time seeing this movie? What rock have you been hiding under??

  4. Paragraph Film Reviews said:

    Was this my first time seeing this?!? Give me some credit as a movie buff madame! I can recite most of the scenes word for word, the main sign of a gravely misspent childhood!

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