Face/Off (1997) is a movie full of bombs and explosions, much to the liking of action fans, but it’s a movie of great carelessness in the way it plays out. John Travolta stars as FBI Special Agent Sean Archer, who is out to get terrorist Castor Troy, played by Nicholas Cage. Troy killed Archer’s son years earlier, where the movie catches up to the present day. The movie plays out as a face off, which is a supposed witty play on words for multiple reasons. When Archer thinks he’s killed Troy, he’s relieved to put away the killer of his son. Not all is good, though, as Troy has placed a bomb in an unknown LA area. So, to his partners’ credit, Archer must replace his face with Troy’s to infiltrate the people and places that could reveal to Archer the location of the bomb. Stupid, isn’t it. It’s even dumber when, in the movie, the safety precautions of the procedure seem to go unnoticed. When Archer’s face is surgically removed and Troy’s is put on him, Archer’s face isn’t locked away, or held under tight security. Instead, when the audience finds out that Troy has awoken from a coma in the same room as the procedure was done, we see him walk up to the window of a lit room where Archer’s face is gleaming underwater in protective liquid without any supervision in sight. So, naturally, Troy takes on Archer’s appearance and everything is in flux. Director John Woo must think the audience is a bunch of five year olds, because nobody is dumb enough to believe the possibility of the events I just explained, especially how Troy seemingly awakens to find Archer’s face nearby. If you don’t like action movies with excessive and unneeded explosions in your face, then don’t watch Face/Off. If you don’t like impossible scenarios involving plastering other peoples’ faces onto each other, then don’t watch Face/Off. If you do like films that seriously think they’re deceiving an audience of five year olds, then watch Face/Off. Otherwise, stick to any other movie, but Face/Off.
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