On June 27th 1997, John Woo
, director of Hong Kong action classics such as Hard Boiled
(1992) and A Better Tomorrow
(1986), released his third Hollywood film, following the relative success of Van-Damme vehicle Hard Target
(1993), and nuclear-weapon-nonsense, Broken Arrow
(1996). It was called Face/Off
, and featured the twin-handed heavyweights of Oscar winner-come-blockbuster action hero Nicolas Cage
, and Vincent Vega
comeback kid, John Travolta
, in a high-concept thriller so ridiculously brilliant, that any subsequent serpents on planes, or Jason Statham
dicky-ticker actioners, feel tame by comparison.
To celebrate its premiere this Friday, the 19th of April on the Sony
Movie Channel UK we look back at the two-faced legendary action movie.
Time appears to have consigned Face/Off to the so-bad-its-good section of the VHS library, which is the kind of dastardly act that Caster Troy would approve of. However, contextualising it for the ground-breaking genre film that it was, is important in underlining