All bets are off when corrupt homicide cop Rick Santoro witnesses a murder during a boxing match. It's up to him and lifelong friend and naval intelligence agent Kevin Dunne to uncover the conspiracy behind the killing. At every turn, Santoro makes increasingly shocking discoveries that even he can't turn a blind eye to.
|Release Date||:||August 7, 1998|
|Production Company||:||Paramount Pictures, DeBart, Touchstone Pictures, Mel's Cite du Cinema|
|Production Countries||:||Canada, United States of America|
|Director||:||Brian De Palma|
|Writers||:||David Koepp, Brian De Palma, David Koepp|
|Casts||:||Nicolas Cage, Gary Sinise, John Heard, Carla Gugino, Tamara Tunie, Stan Shaw, Kevin Dunn, Michael Rispoli, Joel Fabiani, Luis Guzmán, David Anthony Higgins, Mike Starr, Chip Zien, Michaella Bassey, Paul Joseph Bernardo, Jernard Burks, Mark Camacho, Desmond Campbell, Jean-Paul Chartrand, Chip Chuipka, Deano Clavet, Tara Ann Culp, Kelly Deadmon|
|Plot Keywords||:||casino, political activism, boxer, mission of murder, boxing match, suspense, police officer, witness to murder|
Director Brian DePalma has always been excellent at letting the visual image speak for itself (like Hitchcock, with whom he is often compared). In "Snake Eyes", the juxtaposed and multi-angled images are captivating for a while, until you realize how unsuspenseful the story quickly becomes. Once all the key players and plot elements are revealed, the film seems to have nowhere to go and resorts to those hokey flashback devices where we see the events play out differently via each character's recollection. Cage and Sinise do the best they can with the material, but they lack real motivation, mirroring the film's lack of direction. This particularly hurts Sinise's characterization which starts out solid, then is set adrift mid-way through the film, and winds up completely contrived by the end. Overall a disappointment, but maybe not a bad rental if you are a Nicholas Cage fan.