The Recasting Couch Ep. 47: Face/Off

Face Off

This week we dive head first into one of the most ridiculous of the Nicolas Cage films (and that’s saying something), Face/Off. In addition to a rousing Cage performance, we have John Travolta doing a Cage impression for half of the movie, and it is glorious. John Woo is at his John Wooest. GREAT score by John Powell. This has all the makings of a classic action film, and nobody talks about it.

What’s kind of funny about this movie is that there is a lot of really clever symbolism when it comes to the names of the characters and the mythology they are connected to, but what this movie ultimately ends up being is a somewhat silly and insanely enjoyable cheesy action film.

Now, there is a decent amount of fat on this film. Although I feel somewhat hypocritical given the length of our show… There are also some flat performances, there was no chemistry between Joan Allen and Travolta. Now that I think about it, there was more chemistry with them while Travolta was supposed to be Cage than there was when he was supposed to be Travolta. Did I just convince myself that this is a bad movie? I might have. This movie has fried my brain.

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*Programming note: If the audio sounds funny, this is our first time doing it over Skype. Our schedules are crazy, so we may need to do a few more in the near future. It will get way better as we go, but I’m pretty happy with how it came out this time.

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