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Film student’s paper on ’90s blockbuster ‘Face/Off’ is an action-packed masterpiece

'I will fight anybody who dares to tell me this isn't the best goddamn movie in the world.'

Feb 29, 2020, 5:33 am*

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Gabe Bergado

Boat crashes, almost illicit sexual behavior, and face swapping—nope, we’re not talking about Snapchat’s latest lenses. These three things together can mean only one other thing: John Woo’s 1997 classic movie Face/Off.

For many people, the ludicrous film—starring John Travolta and Nicolas Cage as an FBI agent and a terrorist, respectively—is a cult favorite. The two men swap faces (before the teens of today made it cool again) to let the FBI get some intel on a bomb. This eventually leads to some ridiculous action, like a preposterous boat collision and a strange showdown in a church featuring white doves fluttering around.

Woo’s masterpiece has a stellar 92-percent Rotten Tomatoes score, establishing itself as one of those weird ’90s films that you really must watch before you die. And that’s a belief clearly shared by one excited film student.

On Thursday night, FX Movie Download host Sasha Perl-Raver shared a paragraph from a paper submitted to her film professor friend. His reaction to Face/Off  is as epic as the movie itself.

There are so many amazing parts to this nine-line paragraph. Between “so fucking John Woo you don’t even know” and the sincere “It’s bananas!” this student really gets it. Face/Off is so astounding that this student nearly peed their pants the first time they watched it.

We’re with you, kid. Anyone who can confidently turn in a paper with phrases like “almost incest” and “I will fight anybody who dares to tell me this isn’t the best goddamn movie in the world” deserves an A in our book.

We can’t wait for this student to make it as a professional film critic. We need fresh voices like this. 

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*First Published: Jun 10, 2016, 11:45 am