"Movies this demented don't seem to get made anymore". Certainly not the peak of Woo's action sequences, but an undeniable film due to those two performances. That anyone would bother to criticise on rational terms when the film is operating on whole other levels of reality is strange to me. On blu-ray there were so many laughable stunt doubles, but really I'm just thankful it was legit stunt work at all.
If you're looking for the peak of John Woo's visual kinetics, you'll have to stick with his Hong Kong output. But "Face/Off" is still notable for pairing Woo with Nicolas Cage; rarely are a director and actor as in sync as the two are here. After viewing Woo's previous films like "Bullet in the Head," Cage knew he would be able to dial it way, way over the top for this role and Woo would make it work.
You really have not lived through the 90s without seeing this. If this were Verhoeven, it would be hailed as the standard action film satire of our time. Woo gets a little too sentimental and mawkish but he luckily found two of the most over-committing actors of the period to chew scenes to pieces- before blowing shit up, of course.