BARRY NORMAN: FILM OF THE DAY
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.
Legally Blonde ★★★★
Reese Witherspoon proves the old adage that blondes have more fun, but she just wants to be taken seriously. Cue the laughs.
The Hand That Rocks the Cradle ★★★★
This luridly entertaining thriller is also Rebecca De Mornay’s defining moment, playing the vengeful but outwardly sweet nanny nobody would want looking after their children.
He’s Just Not That into You ★★★
It’s the cast that counts in this relationship comedy that charts the amorous ups and down of Jennifer Aniston, Bradley Cooper, Ben Affleck et al.
A creepily effective remake of a 70s classic with Chloë Grace Moretz enduring teenage growing pains, but when she has a mood swing, people die.
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