Face/Off, if you haven’t seen it, is truly a hoot. I remember leaving the theatre and remarking to my friend Joe that the final set piece involved people fighting on literally every possible form of human transport: planes, trains, aeroplanes…helicopters, boats, cars. It’s very silly. If you’re not familiar with the movie, here’s how Google tries to sum it up:
Obsessed with bringing terrorist Castor Troy (Nicolas Cage) to justice, FBI agent Sean Archer (John Travolta) tracks down Troy, who has boarded a plane in Los Angeles. After the plane crashes and Troy is severely injured, possibly dead, Archer undergoes surgery to remove his face and replace it with Troy’s. As Archer tries to use his disguise to elicit information about a bomb from Troy’s brother, Troy awakes from a coma and forces the doctor who performed the surgery to give him Archer’s face.
AS ONE DOES.
The premiere is peak 1997; half the people there are wearing satin, and the ones who aren’t are wearing bowling shirts. We’ve got at least two famously defunct couples, and one mystery that took me far too long to unravel. Put on someone else’s face and join me.