To foil an extortion plot, an FBI agent undergoes a face-transplant surgery and assumes the identity and physical appearance of a ruthless terrorist, but the plan backfires when the same criminal impersonates the cop with the same method.
Set in the near future when artificial organs can be bought on credit, it revolves around a man who struggles to make the payments on a heart he has purchased. He must therefore go on the run before said ticker is repossessed.
Sean Archer, a very tough, rugged FBI Agent. Who is still grieving for his dead son Michael. Archer believes that his son's killer is his sworn enemy, a very powerful criminal, Castor Troy. One day, Archer has finally cornered Castor, however, their fight has knocked out Troy cold. As Archer finally breathes easy over the capture of his enemy, he finds out that Troy has planted a bomb that will destroy the entire city of Los Angeles and all of its inhabitants. Unfortunately the only other person who knows its location is Castor's brother Pollux, and he refuses to talk. The solution, a special operation doctor that can cut off people's faces, and can place a person's face onto another person. Archer undergoes one of those surgeries to talk to Pollux. However, Castor Troy somehow regains consciousness and now wants revenge on Archer for taking his face. Not only is Troy ruining Archer's mission, but his personal life as well. Archer must stop Troy again. This time, it's personal. Written by
Originally written in 1990, the script was first optioned by producer Joel Silver before falling into the lap of Michael Douglas who, the screenwriters fervently hoped, would star in it alongside Harrison Ford. Instead Douglas took over as producer with the roles of cop Sean Archer and villain Castor Troy eventually going to John Travolta and Nicolas Cage respectively. See more »
In the funeral scene, the flag draping the casket is lying in an incorrect orientation. It is conventional for the union of a United States flag to be at the head and on the left side of the body, covering the heart. See more »
[Not realizing that he is talking with Sean Archer with Troy's face]
Not feeling very coordinated lately, are you?
[Trying to act like Troy]
Listen, bro. I am soooo fried. If the psychos find out I'm this wacky we're both dead meat.
Shock treatment? What's the matter, did they operate?
[Pollux touches Archer's face]
I was in a COMA! Jesus, you're still so frickin' paranoid! Aren't they giving you your medication in here?
What *was* my medication?
[sighing in exasperation]
Pollux, I hand-fed you ...
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Nicolas Cage and John Travolta Make the Film Succeed
"Face/Off" is a somewhat complicated action thriller which involves an obsessed FBI agent (John Travolta) who decides to become a comatose criminal (Nicolas Cage) by literally trading faces with him. The purpose in doing this is to learn where a bomb is by going undercover in a maximum-security prison and getting the information from Cage's brother. When Cage's character comes out of his coma, he decides to take Travolta's face. Still with me? In short Travolta's FBI agent is now Cage's crazed criminal and vise versa. What follows is a wild and crazy thrill ride that is a bit hard to keep straight, but ultimately fun to watch and quite satisfying. Overall a really good film. 4.5 out of 5 stars.
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