Face/Off (1997)

Face off movie

In what has to be one of the most interesting body switch endeavors, legendary director John Woo legitimately takes the body switch concept places that it has never been before. Relentless FBI agent Sean Archer (John Travolta) must go dangerously undercover to investigate the location of a lethal biological weapon planted by his arch rival, the sadistic terrorist-for-hire Castor Troy (Nicolas Cage). After undergoing a radical surgical procedure, Archer literally "borrows" Troy's face and identity to carry out his mission. But things go awry when Troy, emerging from a coma, transforms into Archer and wreaks havoc upon his life, both at work and at home. What makes Face/Off so amazing is that Woo and Co. not only explain the body switch, it actually makes sense and is feasible in this movie. Add to this that Face/Off is filled with such intense and immense action sequences, and we get a body switch film that literally explodes the genre.

Dream a Little Dream (1989)

Dream a Little Dream

This film is ranked as high as it is for a number of reasons. First of all, it was a very odd, surreal, dream fest that, years later, plays as an almost bold tale of body-switch oddness. Also, Dream A Little Dream came out at a time when Corey Feldman and Corey Haim were at their peak of their creative prowess. These two actors, believe it or not, were the hottest teen duo going. Things would sadly change for them after this film, but that doesn't mean that all the changes were bad. In this film, Bobby Kellar (Corey Feldman) has a crush on Lainie Diamond (Meredith Salinger), girlfriend of school jerk Joel. Coleman (Jason Robards) is working on an experiment which will help him move into a place where Dreams are reality. When an accident occurs Coleman finds himself in Bobby's body and can only contact Bobby in his dreams. Part of his wife's mind has also ended up in Lainie. To bring his and his wife's body back to reality, Coleman must agree to fix Bobby's messed up life. Meanwhile, Dinger (Corey Haim) is simply left to hang out, chew the scenery, make jokes and help his buddy Bobby. As you can tell, this story is convoluted and didn't really make the splash of say, The Lost Boys, but for what it is, Dream A Little Dream is quite the bold body switch odyssey.

Mulholland Drive (2001)

Mullholland Drive

Let me start by saying (and this should come as no surprise to anybody who knows anything about the films of director David Lynch), this is not your parent's body switch film. A bright-eyed young actress travels to Hollywood, only to be ensnared in a dark conspiracy involving a woman who was nearly murdered, and now has amnesia because of a car crash. Eventually, both women are pulled into a psychotic illusion involving a dangerous blue box, a director named Adam Kesher, and the mysterious night club Silencio. To try and explain this movie, or even when or how the body switch happens, would be an exercise in futility. More to the point, Mulholland Drive is more more psychological in its approach. The main characters in this film don't have their body switch achieved in a way that makes a lot of sense. However, sense isn't what Lynch is going for here. He wants to take us into the mindset of these characters to see how they deal with being somebody else. As a result, Mulholland Drive isn't as fun as other body switch films but it isn't trying to be. It really wants us to see what the people go through when they become somebody else.

Evan Jacobs