At his best, director John Woo turns action movies into ballets of blood and bullets grounded in character drama. Face/Off marks Woo's first American film to reach the pitched level of his best Hong Kong work (Hard-Boiled). He takes a patently absurd premise--hero and villain exchange identities by literally swapping faces in science-fiction plastic surgery--and creates a double-barrelled revenge film driven by the split psyches of its newly redefined characters. FBI agent Sean Archer (John Travolta) must play the villain to move through the underworld while psychotic terrorist Castor Troy (Nicolas Cage) becomes a perversely paternal family man, while using every tool at his disposal to destroy his nemesis. Travolta vamps Cage's tics and flamboyant excess with the grace of a dancer after his transformation from cop to criminal, while Cage plays the sullen, bottled-up agent excruciatingly trapped behind the face of the man who killed his son. His attempts to live up to the terrorist's reputation become cathartic explosions of violence that both thrill and terrify him. This is merely icing on the cake for action fans, the dramatic backbone for some of the most visceral action thrills ever. Woo fills the screen with one show-stopping set-piece after another, bringing a poetic grace to the action freakout with sweeping camerawork and sophisticated editing. This marriage of melodrama and mayhem ups the ante from cops-and-robbers clichés to a conflict of near-mythic levels. --Sean Axmaker
Tommy Lee Jones is QUINT a shrewd and tough professional thief working for the government. He has hidden a computer disc containing vital evidence in a sleek fast prototype automobile which is stolen by a sophisticated car theft ring in Los Angeles. QUINT the owners of the car and the killers who want the disc back are forced into a high-risk raid on the impenetrable fortress of the car thieves in this taut action-filled suspense adventure.
New York City, 1932: Small-time hustler Ray Gibson (Eddie Murphy) has just sweet-talked his way into Club Spanky's, a swank nightclub, when he spies his evening's first victim-the naïve Claude Banks (Martin Lawrence).
An intriguingly creepy premise but failed execution marks The Astronaut's Wife, a stylish and ultimately bland thriller about a pretty, young woman whose pretty, young astronaut husband comes back from his most recent space mission a little... odd. Before that fated space trip, Spencer (Johnny Depp) and Jillian (Charlize Theron) were a sunny, happy couple with matching blonde hairdos and a predilection for romping in the sack from extremely clever camera angles. However, after a communications blackout brings Spencer and his partner back down to earth prematurely, things are a little... peculiar. Spencer's partner goes bonkers and has a heart attack; on top of that, the partner's wife takes a fatal shower with a plugged-in radio. Getting out of the space biz, Spencer accepts a job as a corporate exec in New York, and as a welcome to the Big Apple for his comely wife, he molests her at the company cocktail party. Soon enough, Jillian is pregnant, but as you might expect, this pregnancy (twins, don't you know) is a little... unusual. Writer-director Rand Ravich takes his sweet time getting from extremely obvious plot point A to even more obvious plot point B, stretching out the development particulars in mind-numbing, suspense-killing fashion. Even Joe Morton, as a sinisterly psychotic NASA official, can't liven things up--you know you're in bad thriller territory when the biggest scare comes from a light suddenly being switched off. Theron, sporting a Mia Farrow in Rosemary's Baby style haircut, sleepwalks beautifully through the movie, but she did this role much, much better in The Devil's Advocate. Depp, with a cornpone Southern accent, is about as realistic as his peroxided hair. Ravich does the viewer no favours with a hackneyed ending straight out of a B-grade paperback horror novel in which the most shocking moment is Theron's sudden emergence as a brunette. With Blair Brown as a jaded socialite who offers to help out Theron by providing do-it-yourself abortion pills, and a lovely Donna Murphy as the suicidal wife who figures it all out before everyone else. -- Mark Englehart, Amazon.com
Tommy Lee Jones is Quint a shrewd and tough ""professional thief"" working for the government. He has hidden a computer disc containing vital evidence in a sleek fast prototype automobile which is stolen by a sophisticated car theft ring in Los Angeles. Quint the owners of the car and the killers who want the disc back are forced into a high-risk raid on the impenetrable fortress of the car thieves in this taut action-filled suspense adventure.
He is a mysterious otherworldly stranger. An evil force took his life. Now an unearthly power has brought him back. He has a destiny to fulfil a woman's love to reclaim and he's determined to wage a vendetta against the gang who put him in this situation in the first place. This supernatural tale pits an enigmatic avenger against a bizarre and brutal band of marauders who have been wreaking havoc on a small town. But time soon runs out for The Wraith to reclaim his past - and his future - as he is pitted against his enemies...
In the future teachers are cyborgs. Pray you only get detention. A school is tormented when a substitute teacher believes that school isn't over until everyone is dead.
Gone In 60 Seconds: Remake of the 1974 classic car-chase movie. Nicolas Cage is Randall 'Memphis' Raines a legendary car thief. When he retired car crimes fell by almost 50% but he is being forced out to retirement to save his brother Kip from an evil mobster Raymond Calitri. Kip has to find 50 cars by Friday or he will be killed. Randall gets his old team back (including Robert Duvall and Vinnie Jones) to save his brother's life. With the police on his case and Calitri threatening to kill him and Kip time is soon running out... The Rock (2-Disc Set): Academy Award winners Sean Connery and Nicolas Cage star in the action-adventure blockbuster. Millions of lives hang in the balance after a military madman (Ed Harris) seizes control of the island prison Alcatraz and threatens to launch deadly poison gas missiles at San Francisco. With time ticking away a chemical weapons expert (Cage) and a cunning federal prisoner (Connery) - who happens to be the only man to have broken out of Alcatraz - must now break in and disarm the missiles! Face Off: Oscar-winning superstar Nicolas Cage and screen icon John Travolta battle head to head in 'Face/Off' the ultimate cat and mouse thriller directed by the world's most acclaimed action film director John Woo! To avenge the senseless murder of his son FBI agent Sean Archer (Travolta) undergoes radical new surgery allowing him to switch faces with the comatose terrorist Castor Troy (Cage) and assume his identity. But when Castor awakes and assumes Sean's identity the real Sean is thrust into an unimaginable nightmare fighting not only for his life but also those of his wife (Joan Allen) and daughter!
A mockumentary of the movie business a la 'Spinal Tap' featuring a film crew who follow the downward spiral of low budget moviemaker Morty Fineman (Jerry Stiller)...
Lies Deception And Murder... In The Name Of Love Beverly Hills shrink Dr. Jonathan Brooks (Nick Cassavetes) seemingly has everything; wealth a successful practice and a beautiful lawyer fiance Jennifer (Diana Barton). Brooks is helping his cop friend Harry Reams (Richard Roundtree) compile a psychological profile of a serial killer on the loose in L.A. Meantime he starts treating an interesting new patient Laura (Shannon Whirry) a shy woman who transforms under hypnosis into a completely different persona; the seductive Lana. A torrid affair takes place between the irresistible Lana and Brooks but he gets more than he bargained for. Lana steals videotapes of ""sessions"" the doctor has had with other patients and blackmails him with the damning evidence while at the same time Harry Reams is getting closer and closer to identifying the serial killer.
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