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Video Review: 'Face/Off'

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Face/Off

type:
Movie
Current Status:
In Season
mpaa:
R
Wide Release Date:
06/27/97
performer:
Nicolas Cage, John Travolta, Joan Allen, Gina Gershon, Danny Masterson, Dominique Swain
director:
John Woo
Producer:
Michael Douglas
genre:
ActionAdventure

We gave it an A

The small screen can’t contain the swooping camera work of action auteur John Woo. But even on video, Face/Off‘s balletic gun battles look spectacular. So, too, do Travolta and Cage, who take turns gobbling scenery as an obsessed FBI agent and a manic master terrorist who literally trade faces to impersonate each other. Woo makes this preposterous premise soar with an outrageously inventive plot that never stops hurtling forward and 3-D characters that never stop surprising us. Going beyond inspired grandstanding, Travolta and Cage get to the heart of their characters, investing them with a soulfulness that doesn’t need a wide screen (though a wide-screen laserdisc is due Dec. 23) to make a major impact. B+