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Face/Off (1997)

(R) 138 mins

Plot Summary: A revolutionary medical technique allows an undercover agent to take the physical appearance of a major criminal and infiltrate his organization.

Director: John Woo

Writers: Mike Werb, Michael Colleary

Stars: John Travolta, Nicolas Cage and Joan Allen

Serious Jest: (Must See)  This film is not as good as I remembered it being when I watched it in college. It’s still very entertaining, though, with great acting, a cool plot, an awesome story, and non-stop action–it’s worth setting aside time to watch it at some point for those reasons. However, there are more than a few “Aww, c’mon!” moments. This movie was made before audiences got smart enough to realize that large explosions don’t happen in every collision. Did I really watch this dude drive one boat THROUGH another boat while the second boat was blowing up? SMH.

CraigMakk: (Must See)  I may not use childish sexual acronyms like SMH (Editor’s Note: it means “shaking my head”, not “suck my wiener”), but I can definitely agree that this movie doesn’t live up to my fond memories. This should be no surprise, as it stars Nicolas Cage and John Travolta, who are notorious for their ability to both simultaneously overact and not seem to know they are in a movie at all. But this movie does succeed at hitting all the boyhood movie tropes I dreamt about as a kid. Taking a guy’s face off and putting it on another guy? Check. Having the two guys infiltrate one another’s lives in order to screw with one another? Check! Not require either guy to actually act differently at all, even though he is essentially supposed to be an entirely separate person just with a new face attached to his old body?? Super check!! Yes, it’s dumb. But boy, do they blow shit up real nice!

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About Serious Jest

Film & TV Reviewer by Choice, Attorney at Law, Marine to the Corps (excuse the pun), Nupe Under Pressure, and MC by Nature

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