Who doesn't love Face/Off? John Woo's infamous 1997 action thriller still holds up really well today. The abundance of frenetic action sequences are spectacular and the face swap between FBI Agent Sean Archer (John Travolta) and notorious sociopath and terrorist, Castor Troy (Nicolas Cage), has both psychological complexity (especially for Archer, who finds himself stuck in a high security prison with Troy's identity with his family threatened) and surprising sincerity. There are some brilliant one-liners, with Cage and Travolta delivering maniacal and demented performances that actually benefit the film they are present in. Cage (as Castor Troy) is especially hilarious. Care for a healthy dose of stylish action? Face/Off delivers. Is the implausible premise too ridiculous for you? Compliment the viewing with some beer. It helps.
My Rating: ★★★★ (B+)