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  • Now FACE OFF Can Happen.

    When John Woo’s FACE OFF came out, I thought the whole world had gone mad. Everyone I knew was raving about it like it wasn’t a big steaming pile and even NPR pieces were talking about the premise completely straight like it wasn’t too much to swallow even by Woo standards. They could have easily made up some sci-fi hoodoo about remapping brains that would have been more plausible than SWITCHING FACES so suddenly your own wife can’t tell that you have a different body (and they didn’t switch their vocal cords did they? Why did they sound like the other? And I’m someone who usually has no problem believing a man can fly (though I draw the line on him said flying man being a creepy superstalker who abandons a family and only fights crime in “post”, thanks WB for erasing that movie!).

    But now, technology has caught up with Travolta and Cage! Surgeons in China and France are getting good at putting whole faces on patients. To spare you I tried to make this one with the bear-attack victim kind of small, but if you click to the article, you’ll see a couple that will make you do a double take.

    I’m glad advances are being made to help people get back to a non-Jonah Hex life, but I still think Face Off was awful.


    Comment from Marc Bryant
    Time: August 25, 2008, 12:50 pm

    I get that bit with Cage looking at his hand muttering “The face…off. The face…off” stuck in my head like the brylcream jingle. Hellish.

    Comment from Sandy Jarrell
    Time: August 26, 2008, 6:46 am

    I’m glad the BPRD Sgt is only ever cartooned. I is queasy.

    Comment from Zack Smith
    Time: August 26, 2008, 11:56 am

    I confess I dug the bit where Travolta was groovin’ on James Brown. It reminded me of my dad. Not so much the bit where the character hit on the teenager, though.

    Comment from Rachelle Goguen
    Time: September 9, 2008, 3:21 pm

    Man, I’m glad I’m not the only one who hated Face Off. It was so gross and so dumb.

    Comment from Parker
    Time: September 9, 2008, 4:14 pm

    Rachelle, it’s time we all spoke up!

    Comment from Thom
    Time: September 19, 2008, 12:12 pm

    In fairness, the movie does actually explain the differences…they did not just switch faces…they re sculpted the physiques and altered their vocal chords with some implanted chip. Just pointing that out.