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Does anyone else think Face/Off was the best action film ever?

Discussion in 'Archived Threads 2001-2004' started by John Blaze, Dec 24, 2001.

  1. John Blaze

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    Face/Off is far and away my favorite action film. Fast paced, lots of explosions, high body count, and mind twister story! As improbable as the trading face concept may sound, John Woo pulled it off so convincingly. Travolta and Cage were at their best playing very believable good/bad, bad/good guys. They should have won oscars for such great portrayals. Everyone that I've shown that film to has loved it, and they were not even action buffs!

    How screwed up was it when

    Cage (posing as Castor Troy) is in jail, and he is set in the middle room, told that he has a vistor. The door rolls open and it is Travolta (posing as Archer) standing there! Cage then realizes that everyone that knew he was undercover has been killed, and now he really is trapped in the prison as Castor Troy for the rest of his life. Then Evil Archer lets him know that he is living with his family. So the villian that killed the real Archer's son and the villian that Archer has devoted his whole life to put behind bars is now roaming free and boning his wife? Is that the most ultimate rejection or what?!


    and what about

    The scene where Sean and Eve Archer go to the cemetary to commemorate the dead kids birthday... Chilling!


    I have watched the movie so many times and there are really no major holes in the unbelievable plot. This film really brought front stage John Woo's amazing gun fights. Gun fights went from just being a way of eliminating the bad guy to a piece of film art! For example

    John Woo playing "Somewhere over the Rainbow" while all hell is breaking lose and the little kid is sitting on a lighted box just ready to get hit by a stray bullet.

    and

    When they were all in the Church with guns pointed at each other. I was holding my breath for a minute during that sequence


    More than enought action for the typical Die Hard fan. I call it Die Hard with a plot. If you haven't seen it, do yourself a favor and make it your next rental/purchase!
     
  2. Michael Dehaven

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    [​IMG] A guilty pleasure at best. This film has more holes than swiss cheese.
     
  3. Jens Raethel

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    I like the film, but you got to admit, the story is kind of lame...[​IMG]
    Before you get all upset, Merry Christmas to you![​IMG]
     
  4. mark_d

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    Sorry, but that accolade goes to (IMHO, of course) "The Greatest Christmas Movie of All Time" - Die Hard. [​IMG]
    "Oh the weather outside is frightful
    Dum de dum, delightful..."
    Mark
     
  5. kevin_asai

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    I think Rock is the best action movie ever followed by Face/Off.
     
  6. Kristian

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    I wouldn't call it "the best action movie ever", but I like it a lot. I find the concept to be really cool and John Woo's killer action makes up for all the plot holes. This was also the first R-rated flick I saw in theaters, so it holds a special place in my heart.

    BTW, is the DVD worth getting? I've had the widescreen VHS for a few years, but never got around to replacing it.
     
  7. cafink

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    I agree completely. The best ever? You bet!

     
  8. Lou Sytsma

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    I would put The Rock above Face Off as well. Also for consideration would be Aliens, Blade, and Lethal Weapon 2.
     
  9. Paul_D

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  10. Sergio Martorelli

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    One of the best action films ever is Gunga Din.
     
  11. Kristian

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  12. Andy Sheets

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    I like Face/Off a lot (have the dvd) but I wouldn't say it's the best action movie ever, if only because I don't think it's even the best movie John Woo has done (that would be Hard Boiled, which is probably my favorite action movie overall). But Face/Off is a great deal of fun and IMO has the best action of any of Woo's American films [​IMG]
     
  13. Carl Johnson

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    Face Off was cool but I too would vote for The Rock as all time best action flick.
     
  14. Chuck Mayer

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    While I don't think it is the best action movie EVER (Aliens), it is certainly one of my favorites. Great performances (esp. Joan Allen) make this better than the pack. While I enjoyed The Rock, I thought Face/Off was far superior. Very emotional for an action movie, if you let it move you. Great stuff!

    Take care,

    Chuck
     
  15. Jason P

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    A couple of people here got it right, "Die Hard" is the greatest action movie of all-time. No question.
     
  16. Chad R

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    It all depends on how you classify it. Best cops and robbers action movie, 'Die Hard'. Best Action/Adventure: 'Raiders of the Lost Ark.'

    About the only thing Face/Off did for me was prove further that Nicolas Cage can act, and John Travolta cannot. I thought he looked ridiculous as the heavy, and mostly just made me laugh.

    I wish John Woo would do a 'Hard Boiled' (Woo's best) type movie for America. Recycle those themes with a new story.
     
  17. DanR

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    Wow, you guys have hit a lot of my favorites here. Raiders is in my opinion the best, closely followed by Die Hard. After that you got The Rock & Aliens. One not yet mentioned (no matter how ridiculous the premise is) is Air Force One. That's a really good action flick too, though I wish some of the SFX looked a bit more realistic.

    Regards,

    Dan
     
  18. Bhagi Katbamna

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    The best action movie I have seen is Predator. Not a wasted shot in the whole movie. Total Recall is also very good. I also liked Captain Blood and The Adventures of Robin Hood(both starring Errol Flynn).

    Raiders is a different genre.
     
  19. Aurel Savin

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    While Face/Off was great.... T2 is far better action and story and story wise.
     
  20. Chad R

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