Snake Eyes (1998)
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Brian DePalma directed this taut thriller, set in Atlantic City, where a corrupt cop investigates a political assassination. Outside an Atlantic City arena-hotel-casino, a TV news reporter stands in a pre-hurricane storm to report on the heavyweight boxing match about to begin inside. A transition to the stadium interior focuses on Atlantic City homicide Detective Rick Santoro (Nicolas Cage), a father with a wife and son, yet also a dishonest cop who maintains a mistress and cheerfully accepts
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Wispy threads of dramatic plausibility and character involvement unravel completely by the time of the incredibly silly final reel.
Never loses its bearings as it hovers between preposterous paranoia and a Billy-Wilder-like moral fable about a deeply flawed hero who draws a line in the sand beyond which he cannot go.
The film echoes the technical wizardry and complex plotting of De Palma's best film, Blow Out.
Director Brian De Palma does his stylish best to weave the patchy script into a cinematic quilt, but despite his best efforts -- and they're often formidable -- the thing just doesn't cohere.
What might have been fascinating after a while becomes frustrating and, finally, a real slog.
The last five to 10 minutes are completely stupid and add nothing to the film.
De Palma continues perfecting his brilliant visual style within the most blatantly artificial plot scenarios.
Brian De Palma's exercise in flashy paranoia and shallow cynicism comes out of the gate like gangbusters, but falls apart in a flurry of preposterous plotting.
Aside from a sensational, continuous 20-minute opening take, and an amazing shot that literally swoops over the top of a row of hotel rooms, there's little of interest here.
Snake Eyes is about multiple perceptions of one major event, their relationship to each other and to the audience.
The first 20 minutes of Snake Eyes are among the most imaginative and energetic minutes of film I've seen in a while.
A moderately suspenseful thriller that seems somewhat conventional compared to De Palma's earlier envelope-pushing efforts. Intriguing, but the mystery villain is rather obvious from the start.
Unfortunately, the material that De Palma chooses to hang his flair on feels like a paltry version of No Way Out as if penned by Crichton or Grisham.
I give De Palma and company credit for not succumbing to the usual bloat we see in big-budget Hollywood films.
The mundane plot of Snake Eyes is disguised with lots of camera razzle-dazzle.
A dazzling piece of entertainment -- a mystery so cleverly constructed you find yourself wanting to see it again before it's over.
DePalma, a director who chooses his projects carefully, has scored again.
The film that not only made me give up on Brian DePalma -- the man can't make a good movie anymore -- but it also made me doubt the judgement of Nicolas Cage and Gary Sinise.
It is a bravura display of acting from Mr. Cage, and equally dazzling work from director Brian De Palma.
I don't think that there's anything in this film that really doesn't work.
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