Film Review: “The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent”

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Nicolas Cage is an actor of a whole different caliber. You don’t have to go far to see that as “Face/Off” is one of those films that openly highlights the unbearable weight of a massive talent. It allowed Nicolas Cage to perfectly travel into the mind of Caster Troy, then effortlessly turn into the tough FBI agent Sean Archer. Of course, John Travolta must get credit for he stands in a league of his own. But it’s Nicolas Cage who seems to have needed a certain level of redemption to show the world – you were too early to count me out of the cinematic universe.

Nick Cage (Nicolas Cage) makes one forgettable film after another. He is obsessed with his profession and talks nothing but about his iconic films as if there are no other masterpieces in existence. He must convince filmmakers to hire him, but because of his quiet madness, the actor must come up with something else, because money is something he needs all the time. When an invite comes from a billionaire super-fan Javi Gutierrez (Pedro Pascal) to attend his birthday party, the CIA recruits Nick to help capture Javi and find the location of the kidnapped daughter of a high profile politician. But it’s all easier said than done. But when Nick Cage realizes he must fulfil the duty for the sake of his family, he does what he really did most of the time – play the real-life savior of his loved ones.

First and foremost, the chemistry shared between Nicolas Cage and Pedro Pascal was like competing and fulfilling each other’s ideas. It’s remarkable the way the two actors approached their roles, except, of course, Nicolas Cage, who did not have to try hard to play himself. Few scenes Cage had were the stuff of dreams; a feast for the eyes and pure joy for ears to hear the lines he delivers. Watching Cage was almost like watching another instant iconic film because it’s a definition of success, intelligence, and wicked humour, which, trust me this film has plenty of.

There are so many aspects of the script I wish I could write more about, but too afraid to spoil an excellent and worthwhile experience of learning all of them first-hand. Believe me, and I have never been so sure about my own confidence – it’s the year’s best film so far and only a few can match it. Writers Tom Gormican and Kevin Etten came up with the best idea to date, giving us the most anticipated return of an actor we all knew was never gone. Through their wonderfully written script, Nicolas Cage shows up like a tornado and storms all his iconic roles to remind us he has not lost it but gained more talent in acting to prove once again he is in possession of a massive weight of an unwithering talent. Luckily for us, he is still around to share with us who he really is – an actor with a capital letter which, after this film, no one can take that title away from him.

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