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Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Face/Off by John Woo, 1997 (R)

with Nicolas Cage, John Travolta, Joan Allen, Alessandro Nivola, Gina Gershon, Dominique Swain, Nick Cassavetes, Harve Presnell, Colm Feore, CCH Pounder, Tommy Flanagan, Thomas Jane

An anti-terrorism agent goes under the knife to acquire the likeness of a terrorist and gather details about a bombing plot. When the terrorist escapes custody, he undergoes surgery to look like the agent so he can get close to the agent's family.

Do you remember this movie? Long time, 1997, fifteen years! This was one of the good action movies of that year, with an interesting concept of swapping identity, with physical transformation, to the limit of science fiction. But the most interesting is how we relate to the characters. We get trapped in what is the inside of the character, even tho it is still played by the same actor, in other words, a great performance from John Travolta and Nicolas Cage. The director, John Woo, manage to create the ambiguity, play with how fast we accustom to the new face of the character, and how fast the other characters start believing as well. Aside, the movie got a little bit old, and in a way, the general plot is more or less the same, a bomb is about to explode, and we have four days to stop it. Still, very much worth seeing!

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