By Michael Sauter
Updated November 14, 1997 at 05:00 AM EST
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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+

Face/Off

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  • Movie
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  • R
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  • John Woo

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