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action & adventure, drama

John Travolta stars as FBI agent Sean Archer doing the unthinkable to stop the elusive terrorist Castor Troy (Nicolas Cage). Watch the bullets fly and the action explode as master action director John Woo (Broken Arrow) detonates the screen!

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common sense

PAUSE for kids age 16
0 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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Overwrought, sci-fi crime thriller. Not for kids.

what parents need to know

Parents need to know that this film contains plenty of graphic action violence, usually in the form on bloody, on-screen shootings. The deaths are quick, so there's not much suffering. The body count is not as high as some other action blockbusters (such as The Terminator), but is fairly constant throughout the duration of the picture. There is also lots of strong language.

what families can talk about

  • Families can talk about how and why we treat people differently when their physical appearance is dramatically altered. Why are some of the violent scenes funny and others very serious? When and why is it appropriate to laugh at some "over the top" violence? Why are so many films by Hong Kong directors, such as John Woo, as violent?

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

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Top Critic Reviews

Fresh: possibly the greatest, and definitely the most exuberant, action film to come out of the studio system in the '90s

- Chris Barsanti,, Thursday, September 13, 2007

Fresh: A knockout new thriller by John Woo.

- David Edelstein, Slate, Friday, August 2, 2013

Fresh: Face/Off is the best action movie of the summer.

- Gene Siskel, Chicago Tribune, Friday, August 2, 2013

Audience Reviews

4 stars

Probably one of the best straight up action movies of the nineties. It's so bizarre, crazy and downright cool. While making no sense in the real world, it really does have its own sense of rules. The face swap aspect is such a great technique and is more interesting than it rightfully should be. Part of this goes to the performances from Nicolas Cage and John Travolta. Both do great eccentric imitations of each other and make convincing characters at the same time. The other reason it tends to be so well done is John Woo's amazing action sequences and directing. While this isn't always his strong suit, action movies tend to go better with his style. The slow motion and rapid gunfire look tasteful in this rather than corny. On top of all that, it's just a flat out entertaining movie. At not one point are you left wanting to be somewhere else.

- ythelastman89, Sunday, May 2, 2010

5 stars

Yes I'm recommending this AGAIN. When John Woo was finally let off the Hollywood chains which stifled his start in Hollywood, the result was a masterpiece which defined the new sky high limits of adrenaline fueled action that will stand the test of time and is an instant classic.Aside from the operatic display of guns and violence, Travolta and Cage, two of Woo's favourite actors, combine to great the most dangerous and deadliest enemies to grace the screen, the literal live wire tension and crackling energy between the two is beyond good and evil, it's another universe in itself. A flawed, broken FBI agent out for revenge, hunting down his worst enemy and nightmare, a psychotic criminal genius without remorse or a conscience, that it nearly drives him insane.... and nearly does when switches identities with his mortal enemy for an undercover mission... only to discover the trap has reversed and his now the hunted.Losing everything but his hatred, he decides to play the game his way.... and becomes the person he hates.The script is perfect, the music score is perfect, there is no limit in this movie to what is possible or not, it happens and it doesn't just happen.... it annihilates everything and anything. There is no flaw that I can see at all. It is without a doubt, the perfect action movie, and its hard to beat. Just watch it yourself and see why.

- KhrisP, Sunday, November 15, 2009

4 stars

WOW!!! Great movie

- dukeakasmudge, Sunday, October 25, 2009