BARRY NORMAN:FILM OF THE DAY Face/Off★★★★ 9.00-11.45pm C5
John Woo’s thriller is fast, furious, fun and essentially ludicrous. FBI agent John Travolta is intent on collaring master criminal Nicolas Cage, who has killed his son. (“Whoops, sorry, John – meant to kill you, not him.”) A gravely wounded Cage is captured just before his gang is about to detonate a horrendous bomb. To infiltrate the gang and discover where the bomb is, Travolta has Cage’s face transplanted onto himself. Then, miraculously, Cage recovers and makes a doctor give him Travolta’s discarded face and… Well, you can imagine the confusion and mayhem that ensue. Stunts and action galore – speedboats crashing into one another, a plane crashing into a hangar. The high-tech stuff is splendid and the actors have a ball impersonating each other.