Cagefest – our (unofficial) Nicolas Cage Film Fest (aka, NIFF), a solid 5 days’ worth of our fave performances from one of our all-time favourite contemporary actors – continues on Saturday, October 3 with a title that while often requested, has remained elusive on our big screen… Until now.
Prepare yourselves accordingly, Vancouver, as we’ll be offering up a special performance from Mr. Cage from the endlessly stylish, elegantly violent, trash fantasy cult-classic cat-and-mouse two-hander, where another of his legendary scene stealing (and chewing) performances is more than capably matched by an equally bonkers turn from on-screen foil John Travolta: John Woo‘s FACE/OFF.
Obsessed with bringing terrorist Castor Troy to justice, FBI agent Sean Archer (Travolta) tracks down Troy (Cage), who has boarded a plane in Los Angeles. After the plane crashes and Troy is severely injured, possibly dead, Archer undergoes surgery to remove his face and replace it with Troy’s. As Archer tries to use his disguise to elicit information about a bomb from Troy’s brother, Troy awakes from a coma and forces the doctor who performed the surgery to give him Archer’s face. With Gina Gershon, Joan Allen, Alessandro Nivola, Dominique Swain, Nick Cassavetes, Colm Feore.
“What really makes ‘Face/Off’ tick, what sells the movie more than anything else, are the dazzling performances from the two leading men.” (Total Film)
“John Woo, a master of poetical carnage, mixes kitsch, sadism, sentiment and comedy with choreographic precision.” (Newsweek)
Saturday, October 3
Doors 6:45 pm | Movie 7:15 pm *Start time subject to change
Advance tickets $15 HERE | $15 at the door
**Groupons and passes OK for any single film screening. Please redeem at the door.
PLEASE NOTE: All of the Rio Theatre’s screenings are operating at a sharply reduced capacity. We can’t guarantee availability of tickets at the door, so advance tickets for all screening events are strongly recommended. Our online box office can be found at www.riotheatretickets.ca. Online sales for every screening automatically end 1 hour before any given showtime.
FACE/OFF (John Woo, 1997 / 139 mins / 14A) In order to foil a terrorist plot, an FBI agent undergoes facial transplant surgery and assumes the identity of a criminal mastermind, who murdered his only son. The plan turns sour when the criminal wakes up prematurely and seeks revenge.