Top critical review
If not for usual Cage and Woo roughness, it would have been at least a 4 stars film.
3 September 2015
Too bad that this film, despite some very intelligent ideas and great scenes, does not seem to be consistent enough to be judge entirely good, otherwise I would have given it at least four stars.
The idea of the contraddiction and the existential short circuit produced by the exchange of personalities is developed very well, and the two actors are so good to imitate one another's tic, expressions, body language to convey that.
This is a narrative idea that brilliatnly and dramatically suggest how good and bad are exchangeable and totally relative sometimes, and there is no room for judgement and absolute justice to decide who is right and who is wrong.
There are also some impressive scenes, where John Woo shows his talent and art (the spectacular gunfight with the music of "Over the Rainbow").
But still the Director shows some flawes, that, to me, are not due to Studios and Production influence on him, but because he is a little kitsch and rough himself (enough with slow motion, doves, pointless camera movements, etc...) And you can tell it also by some ridiculous moments whee Nicolas Cage confirm to be Nicolas Cage (no matter of the "face exchange") and overacts as usual. The blu ray is very good anyway and the film is enjoyable and not stupid