Synopsis: A police captain goes undercover to stop the terrorists who murdered his son many years before.
Cast: John Travolta as Sean Archer, Nicolas Cage as Castor Troy, Joan Allen as Dr. Eve Archer
I guess I have a soft spot and/or occasional interest in thrillers from the 1990s. I was…..too young to be seeing any of these movies in theaters. My parents only let me watch an R-rated movie maybe once or twice. I don’t know. There’s just something about movies from that era. Fast-paced, crazy, over-the-top movies that also make you think. This time, I’m talking about Face/Off. Let’s get into the review.
It’s difficult to say who gave the better performance in Face/Off—Travolta or Cage. Both of them are very good actors. Even though at least one of them has fallen from grace, somewhat. I think they both did great jobs playing both villains and good guys. Well, good but frazzled, overworked guys. But they were at their best when they had scenes together. and there were plenty of those. I wondered if they were/are friends in real life. Probably not, but bravo gentlemen. The other actors did a good job in their roles too. But they weren’t particularly memorable.
It’s pretty rare to see actors play both the good guy and the bad in the same movie. But…. read above paragraph. I kinda wish that this kind of thing could be shown in movies more. I guess they don’t because it’s too challenging? Maybe? The execution of the movie was very over-the-top, crazy and maybe a little nonsensical. But none of that really matters because it works so well onscreen. John Woo did an exceptional job directing this movie. The writing was mostly very good too. The action scenes are among the best I’ve seen in a movie. So many breathtaking ones, it’s hard to choose which ones. The very last scene? The hangar scene? Ugh! So many good ones! Fan nerd’s dream! I’d see a movie by this team again.
Over-the-top, insane but ultimately very entertaining, this was one action-packed, cling-on-the-edge-of-your-seat thrill ride. It was never dull for one second, and it’s worth a million rewatches. It never gets old. I give Face/Off a 8.5 out of 10. I’d highly recommend it, and it’s available on Netflix or on online stores.