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Face/Off (1997)

Director:
John Woo
COUNTRY
USA
GENRE
Action/Sci-fi/Thriller
NORWEGIAN TITLE
Face/Off

RUNNING TIME
139 minutes

Producer:
Terence Chang
Christopher Godsick
Barrie M. Osbourne
David Permut
Screenwriter:
Mike Werb
Michael Colleary


Cast includes:

CHARACTER ACTOR/ACTRESS RATING
Sean Archer John Travolta
Castor Troy Nicolas Cage
Eve Archer Joan Allen
Pollux Troy Alessandro Nivola ˝
Sasha Hassler Gina Gershon
Jamie Archer Dominique Swain ˝
Dietrich Hassler Nick Cassavetes -
Lazzaro Harve Presnell -
Dr. Malcolm Walsh Colm Feore -

 

Review

It was a free-flowing, wildly amusing script from screenwriting duo Mike Werb and Michael Colleary which formed the basis for this playful, over-the-top action-extravaganza from John Woo, his third U.S. movie, following Hard Target and Broken Arrow. Nicolas Cage and John Travolta, who were both at the height of their second-wind success at this point, were Woo’s main tools, and they revelled in these remarkable dual roles which allowed them to exert both their '90s coolness and their talent for overblown drama. As the power-struggle between their two characters shifts and their differences become less and less apparent, their cat-and-mouse game opens up a whole new set of ethical dilemmas which Woo gleefully explores. Face/Off is clever, self-indulgent macho-fun of Leone-ish proportions for anyone who loves cheeky lines, wild chases, grandiose stand-offs and slow-mo action.

Quotes

Castor Troy (looking like Sean Archer): "You're not the only one in the family with the brains."
Pollux Troy: "No, although now I am the only one with the looks."

Re-reviewed: Copyright © 12.10.2020 Fredrik Gunerius Fevang
Original review:
Copyright © 03.11.1997 Fredrik Gunerius Fevang

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