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Face/Off

  • Drama
  • 1997
  • John Woo
  • 133 mins
  • 18

Summary

John Woo's action thriller, starring John Travolta and Nicolas Cage. Terrorist Castor Troy is apprehended after an FBI operation, but in his coma-ridden state is unable to divulge the whereabouts of a bomb that is primed to blow up Los Angeles. With the clock ticking, Detective Sean Archer undertakes a face-transplant operation in order to impersonate Troy and locate the device. But things take a turn for the worse when Troy regains consciousness, steals Archer's face and assumes the lawman's identity.

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Review

A star rating of 4 out of 5.

In director John Woo's over-the-top blockbuster, Nicolas Cage plays Castor Troy, a lunatic terrorist who, having planted a bomb somewhere in LA, is put into a coma by his FBI agent nemesis, Sean Archer (John Travolta). So, of course, Archer uses ultra-modern plastic surgery to swap faces with Troy to dupe the villain's associates - including brother Pollux (Alessandro Nivola) and old flame Sasha (Gina Gershon) - into revealing the bomb's location. The mix of bizarre plotting, high-octane thrills and sentimental drama doesn't always gel, but there are some nice moments, especially when Cage begins to revive Travolta's stale marriage to Joan Allen, and Woo more than delivers in the overblown action stakes. It's also patently evident that both stars are having a ball sending up each other's mannerisms.

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Credits

Cast

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Sean ArcherJohn Travolta
Castor TroyNicolas Cage
Eve ArcherJoan Allen
Pollux TroyAlessandro Nivola
Sasha HasslerGina Gershon
Jamie ArcherDominique Swain
Dietrich HasslerNick Cassavetes
LazarroHarve Presnell
Dr Malcolm WalshColm Feore
Prison Guard WaltonJohn Carroll Lynch
Hollis MillerC C H Pounder
TitoRobert Wisdom
WandaMargaret Cho
BuzzJamie Denton
LoomisMatt Ross
Leo FryTommy Flanagan
LarsDana Smith
KimberlyRomy Windsor
FitchPaul Hipp
Aldo AdinoKirk Baltz
DubovChris Bauer
Burke HicksThomas Jane
Agent WintersLauren Sinclair
PilotBen Reed
CindeeLisa Boyle
LiviaLinda Hoffman
KarlDanny Masterson
Michael ArcherMyles Jeffrey
Adam HasslerDavid McCurley

Crew

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DirectorJohn Woo

Details

Theatrical distributor
Buena Vista International UK
Guidance
Violence, swearing, drug abuse.
Available on
video, DVD and Blu-ray
Formats
Colour
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