Snake Eyes

Starring: Nicolas Cage, Luis Guzman, Gary Sinise

Directed by: Brian De Palma

Produced by: Touchstone Pictures, Peters Entertainment

Distributed by: Paramount

Genre: mystery

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Review by Xibo Date seen: August 29, 1998
Viewing Location: Guttenberg, NJ Grade: B
Summary: Pretty good, should have been better.
Nicolas Cage plays an Atlantic City police detective who gets caught up in a conspiracy to assassinate the Secretary of Defense at a boxing fight. The plot has a few twists and turns but is not really a true whodunnit, as things get revealed as time goes on. Cage gives a good performance, but I've seen him do better. The storyline is kind of odd, and the obligatory romance seems almost forced. Overall it's pretty entertaining as a crime drama, with the twists of how one deals with loyalties and friendships, but it doesn't go very deep.  

D+ D+ D+
Review by Carneggy Date seen: 0, 0000
Viewing Location: home Grade: D+
Summary: Suspense? Are you kidding?
For a movie that tries very hard to be a thriller/suspense film, the film shows EVERY important answer to every mystery within the opening third of the film. The remaining hour+ is left with only the suspense of 'will the 'hero' solve what the audience already knows' - and since this is a movie, the question is really ' will he find out stuff we learned an hour ago'. A lot of hype was given the opening follow-cam sequence, because it's filmed to make it look like one 30-minute take with the camera. Except on tape, the breaks in the sequence are very, very obvious gimmickry spoiling the impact. Fortunately, those 30 minutes give you the entire plot and all the answers! I've been held in more suspense over whether or not Kenny will die in a South Park episode. 

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Review by smeehrrr Date seen: January 27, 2000
Viewing Location: The Evil Empire Grade: B-
Summary: OK suspense film
Nicolas Cage rarely does bad films. He occasionally does average films, and Snake Eyes is one of those. It's a stock conspiracy/suspense film, with Cage as the morally ambiguous protagonist. It's fine if you're bored and it happens to be on, but don't bother seeking it out. 

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