Round 6 of our Cage Match series opens with Face/Off, a stylized cat-and-mouse action thriller from John Woo and one of Nic Cage's most winning outings.
Still grieving after a failed assassination attempt that claimed the life of his only son, rugged FBI agent Sean Archer (John Travolta) swears to retaliate against his killer, the criminal mastermind Castor Troy (Nicolas Cage). Years later, Troy reemerges, threatening to set off a bomb somewhere in Los Angeles before he's knocked into a coma. To foil Troy's terrorist plans, Archer undergoes experimental facial transplant surgery to assume Troy's identity. Things take a turn when Troy awakes prematurely and takes on Archer's identity.
A box office hit and career highlight for both Woo and its two leads, Face/Off earned an Academy Award nomination for Sound Effects Editing upon its 1997 release.
“Woo, a master of poetical carnage, mixes kitsch, sadism, sentiment and comedy with choreographic precision.” – David Ansen, Newsweek
“[...] essentially an acting thought experiment.” – Josh Larsen, LarsenOnFilm
“Face/Off is a full-blooded, movie-going experience. It's 100 percent movie.” – Keith Simanton, Seattle Times
- Rating R
- Running time 138
- Released 06-24-2022
- Genre Action