In order to foil a terrorist plot, an FBI agent undergoes facial transplant surgery and assumes the identity of a criminal mastermind, who murdered his only son. The plan turns sour when the criminal wakes up prematurely and seeks revenge.
In Los Angeles, California, a gang of bank robbers call themselves The Ex-Presidents. commit their crimes while wearing masks of ex-Presidents Reagan, Carter, Nixon, and Johnson. The F.B.I. believes that the members of the gang could be surfers, and send young Agent Johnny Utah undercover at the beach to mix with the surfers and gather information. Utah meets surfer Bodhi, and gets drawn into the lifestyle of his new friend.Written by
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In her DVD commentary for Strange Days (1995), director Kathryn Bigelow described filming the foot chase scenes in this movie using a stripped-down, hand-held 35mm camera nicknamed the "Pogo-Cam". The camera weighed eighteen pounds, and was equipped with a gyro-stabilizer borrowed from a Steadicam. A wire loop on top of the camera gave Steadicam operator James Muro a rough idea of what was in the frame as he followed the actors at breakneck speed. See more »
When the Ex-Presidents and Utah are driving in a van to the film's final bank robbery, the van stops at a red light. When the shot quickly cuts back to Bodhi, the angle out the rear window shows that the van is traveling quickly down the road at a full clip. See more »
[Agent Utah finishes his gun range test]
100%, Utah. Good job!
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In the Canada version, approximately two seconds were cut when Utah was talking to Harp in Harp's office. See more »
Rose Colored Glasses
Performed by School of Fish
Written by Josh Clayton-Felt, Michael Ward
Produced by John Porter
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Words of praise
I must have seen this film a dozen times now, and I'm not going to stop watching it until I'm well and truly sick of it - it's just superb.
Certain sequences are stunning - the camera work during the chase and free fall scenes leave you breathless, and the surfing footage is excellent. The acting is generally good, particularly Busey as a veteran FBI agent, but Keanu's usual expressionless vocals and face disappoint. The script is sharp and witty. And the stunts really shine, particularly the Bond-style psycho skydiving near the end.
This is, in my opinion, a very underrated film which deserved better from the critics.
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