Michael Sauter
November 14, 1997 AT 05:00 AM EST

Face/Off

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
R
Wide Release Date
06/27/97
performer
Nicolas Cage, John Travolta, Joan Allen, Gina Gershon, Danny Masterson, Dominique Swain
director
John Woo
Producer
Michael Douglas
genre
ActionAdventure

We gave it a B+

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 audaciously 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 outsize characters, investing them with a soulfulness that doesn?t need a wide screen (indeed, no wide-screen video is yet planned) to make a major impact.

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