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Movie review: Face/Off

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Movie review: Face/Off


FBI agent Sean Archer has been working non-stop to catch Castor Troy, the man who murdered his son. But after catching Troy, Archer must be surgically altered to look exactly like him in order to foil a bombing plot. But when Troy escapes and assumes Archer's identity will Archer become Troy?

John Travolta (Archer/Troy), Nicolas Cage (Troy/Archer), Joan Allen (Eve), Alessandro Nivola (Pollux Troy), Gina Gershon (Sasha), Dominique Swain (Jamie), Nick Cassavetes (Dietrich), Harve Presnell (Lazarro), Colm Feore (Walsh).

As you would expect with this cast, acting is very well done. Travolta and Cage both did an excellent job of impersonating one another, along with delivering their usual solid performances. Allen fit well in her role and added nicely, as did Novola who was perfectly cast. Gershon was another highlight, along with Cassavetes and both did nicely.

Face Off begins well with some good character background and plot setup. From there the film smoothly transitions to a crime action film with a steadily increasing pace. Toss in some twists and the storyline is at once confusing and while making complete sense. As tension builds the plot moves back to an action adventure position and achieves warp speed through the well done climax.

Camera work, sets, and backgrounds are all well done. This one obviously had a nice sized budget. Effects include minimal CGI and plenty of physical stunts that were very well done. Sound editing to overlay voices in this film were extremely well done. Dialogue was solid, as was the soundtrack.

Overall Face Off is a unique film that is entertaining and thrilling throughout. With a good plot, nice technical work, and a solid cast this one is well worth watching for action adventure or crime action fans, or even fans of the cast.

With plenty of graphic violence, foul language, and mild sexuality save this one for older teens and above.

Released: 1997
Reviewed: 12.9.13
Star rating: 5 out of 5
Genre: Action & Adventure, Action Thrillers, Crime Action & Adventure

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